Community Snapshots: Gifted Gardens opening day

More than 70,000 flowers, plants and native Missouri flora are available for guests to Gifted Gardens, the newest venture that is part of Camden County sheltered workshop business, Lake Area Industries, in Camdenton.

More than 70,000 flowers, plants and native Missouri flora are available for guests to Gifted Gardens, the newest venture that is part of Camden County sheltered workshop business, Lake Area Industries, in Camdenton. Photo by Samantha Edmondson.

The community loaded up on beautiful plants, enjoyed fresh veggies, homemade dips and other refreshments during the grand opening of the 2011 addition to the Camden County sheltered workshop Lake Area Industries, Gifted Gardens, held March 28 in Camdenton.

Forty-two Lake Area Industries (LAI) employees aspirations of new work skills have come to fruition with the opening of Gifted Gardens. Lake Area Industries recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for Gifted Gardens.

“The green house and garden shop serves two purposes,” said Tiffany Riemann, LAI marketing manager previously told The Lake Today. “First it gives our business some diversification. With so many contract packaging and assembly jobs going overseas, this will give us another revenue stream and more production hours so we can get our employees back to work full time. Furthermore, it allows our employees the opportunity to work in a retail environment and gain new experiences they can use here and in other future job opportunities.”

Riemann previously stated they have more than 70,000 plants in its greenhouse and garden shop, as well as more than 1,000 native plants in several varieties visitors are not going to find hardly anywhere else at the Lake. The $280,000 project is funded partially through their own resources and partially through the Senate Bill 40 funds allocated through Camden County Developmental Resources in Camdenton.

The “Gifted Gardens,” which is located at 1720 North Business Route 5 just 2.5 miles north of the square near the LAI building, is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information about Gifted Gardens, call 573-346-7909 or visit www.giftedgardens.org.

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