MetroBlooms Award: Best Business Garden in the City!

Giving Tree Gardens was honored for our work in 2007 and 2013 - stop by Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub to see our most recent awardee!

enchanting, organic gardens...

Giving Tree Gardens is a full service organic gardening company located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Russ Henry, owner of Giving Tree Gardens, started out with a few tools and a dream of creating enchanting organic urban gardens. Today Giving Tree Gardens is proud to service residential and commercial clients throughout the Twin Cities metro area.

Russ Henry of Giving Tree Gardens believes that the health and beauty of the organic gardens he creates for his clients can be seen reflected in the happiness and well being of the people who live and work near the spaces he gardens.

This sentiment is reflective of the vision Russ Henry laid out for Giving Tree Gardens when he established it in 2005. “I want to work closely with my clients to create gardens that care for their needs and desires as well as their health and well being.”

Giving Tree Gardens is an eco-friendly garden landscaping services company. Our gardens are designed with hardy perennials, trees, shrubs, and self-seeding annuals. We focus on using native plants to attract wild birds, butterflies, and animals. Water conservation is one of our main priorities in considering any landscape design. Our use of rainwater gardens helps us accomplish our goal of run-off free properties. Of course we never use harmful chemical fertilizers or pesticides, instead we focus on creating a healthy living soil in order to keep our gardens thriving and lush.

As Russ Henry likes to say, “Anything we do to take responsibility for the health of our little corner this planet is a gift we give for generations to come.”

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satisfied customers

Feedback from both our clients and the community is important! Here are a few client testimonials. Jump to links in the press!

 “Giving Tree Gardens installed a butterfly garden along my fence where it was difficult to mow.  The new garden immediately began teeming with pollinators of all sorts including monarch butterflies.  I absolutely love watching the butterflies and bumble bees dance around the garden while I sit on my back deck.  The plants grew enough to fill in the garden in less than one season because of the amazing compost and soil management performed by Giving Tree.  I highly recommend Giving Tree Gardens for people who want to grow a pollinator patch or a butterfly garden.” –Julie, Residential Client 

I was thrilled at the results I got from Russ at Giving Tree Gardens. He's creative, and an impeccably professional landscaper. He knows gardening, and has always got a good idea for what to do with my garden. And not only that, but he's a whiz at creating beautiful patio spaces--his work and creativity allowed my family to enjoy our garden even more. Everyone who is looking for someone to help them figure out how to beautify and optimize their outdoor space should talk to Russ. You'll love the result. I certainly did! —Keith, Residential Client

In the spring of 2005 Seward Co-op hired Russ Henry and Giving Tree Gardens to revamp our landscaping. We wanted a blend of native and non native plants, culinary and medicinal herbs and most importantly we wanted maximum bloom time. The work done exceeded our expectations. The co-op went from lackluster landscaping to gorgeous gardens almost overnight. In both 2005 and 2006 Russ's work was recognized with City of Minneapolis Blooms Awards. In addition to his creative flare, Russ brings a willingness to work with a wide range of people to bring his work to fruition. He has worked with the Seward Peace Garden kids. He gave seasonal tours to co-op customers highlighting the blooms. He will be working with the co-op and our immediate neighbors as we plan the gardens at our new store at Riverside and Franklin. —, Seward Cooperative Grocery and Deli General Manager

Russ, at Giving Tree Gardens, planted the Seward Co-Op urban gardens 2 years ago and has lovingly maintained them since. His stellar original design and hard work were rewarded with the "Minneapolis Blooms Awards" two years in a row. Russ is a true "people person." He takes the time to answer questions and chat with customers and the general public as he tends to the gardens and has put together several garden tours. He is a delight to work with. —Manager, Seward Co-Op Grocery and Deli

Giving Tree Gadens are TRUE conservationists and environment experts. I could not believe the knowledge, resources, and expertise they provide for taking are of our natural resources. Whether you are looking for a more butterfly friendly landscaping or want to improve the water/soil quality - call them - first. - Susan, Residential Client

If you are looking for a garden that will flourish for years, honors nature, and sustains our environment, then Giving Tree Gardens is an undeniable choice. Thoughtful care and design will be taken to provide you with the garden you envision. I engaged Giving Tree Gardens to install two large gardens that are thriving, and received professional advice on how to maintain my existing landscaping as well. Without a doubt, I would hire them again! #Supportinglocal . - Carolyn, Residential Client

I had them come out to look at my retaining wall on the side of my house. They explained to me my options and I received an estimate for the work in 24 hours. Very professional. - Fred, Residential Client