Gardening at Work Is Sprouting Up All Over

by Vickie Elmer

Corporate-backed employee gardens are growing like weeds, and for good reason, as they offer benefits to employee health and morale.

FORTUNE—The employee gardens at Timberland’s Stratham, N.H., headquarters are eating up the lawns and sprouting new sections. Fruit trees were planted in a roundabout in front last fall, and a big arbor for native grape varieties will go in sometime this year. Next year, the shady patch behind Timberland’s leased offices could become a blueberry patch.

“We’re going to run out of space pretty quickly,” says Betsy Blaisdell, senior manager of environmental stewardship at Timberland (TBL), maker of boots, shoes, and other outdoor gear.

Space may be sparse, ...

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