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April 21, 2020
Local Garden Centers and Growers Are Open for Business During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Kennett Square, PA – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic many businesses have had to come to the decision to close their doors. With essential businesses still up and running, many garden nurseries and plant farms continue to remain open. This is great news for people who are finding the time to tackle garden and yard tasks they’ve been putting off until now. Growing fruits, vegetables and herbs have become the new norm for many families. Due to limited travel and stay-at-home orders, people are focusing more on “local” than ever before. Peg Castorani, owner and manager of Gateway Garden, put it, “What’s more local than your own backyard?”
The Victory Gardens of WWII are coming back. Many are calling them Victory Garden 2.0 or co-op gardens. Whatever you are calling your garden, get planting and plant some extra this year to share with others.
Katie Dubow of Garden Media Group explains, “Gardening, working in the soil, is healthy and therapeutic. Studies show being in nature helps with a person’s overall well-being. And during this uncertain and stressful time, gardening is something that will continue to give back over time.”
We compiled a list of a few nurseries, plants farms, and landscapers located near the Garden Media, Kennett Square, headquarters who have adapted to the coronavirus way; keeping safe distances, sanitizing work and public areas, and doing business a little differently while still providing their customers with the plants and trees that they want for their stay-at-home projects. Check out your local listing for garden centers near you to see what they are doing differently and how they can support you as you support them!
Gateway Garden Center in Hockessin, DE has everything from bulbs and grasses to succulents and trees. Their staff is following the CDC procedures of wearing masks and gloves and staying the minimum of six feet away from each to ensure the safety and health of their staff and customers. Curbside pickup and discounted delivery options are offered. They are open 9-5 daily.
The Gardeness in Chester County is ready to help with all of your landscaping needs. Spruce up your front door or entrance with one of her beautiful container gardens that are overflowing with beautiful seasonal blooms. From maintenance services like mulching, pruning or weeding to more complex landscape installations the team at The Gardeness can design you the garden of your dreams. Contact Katie Verdieck at 484.707.1750 or katie@TheGardeness.com to get the process started.
The Farm at Oxford in Kennett Square, PA sits on a 12-acre piece of land in the heart of Souther Chester County. Flower Farmer Mara Tyler and her family grow all types of seasonal blooms and veggies for your garden that are perfect for this season. Her fresh cut flowers are available via contactless pickup on the open air farm or local delivery.
Harmony Hill Nursery in Downingtown, PA specializes in perennials, viburnums, and trees, they are your one-stop shop for all things green! With nearly 100 different types of trees, including redbud, dogwood oak, and maple, just to name a few, they are sure to have the trees that you want and need for your home or business. Open by appointment only 7:30-3:30 Mon – Fri and 7:30-11:30 Sat. Customers are encouraged to call ahead for curbside pickup and delivery options to ensure the safety for both you and the Harmony Hill Nursery Staff.
Greenroots Landscaping in Kennett Square, PA knows that more time at home means more yard time. They are encouraging everyone to take a look at the flow and design of their outdoor living spaces while they spend time in them and see what is lacking. With expertise in landscaping, their designers are ready to chat with new clients about the best way for your property to reach its fullest potential outside. Their team is working remotely but is available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Groff’s Plant Farm in Kirkwood, PA is not permitting in-person browsing at this time, but they are offering a safe option for their customers. Are you starting your own Victory Garden? Groff’s is currently stocked with vegetables and herbs for your home gardening projects! Catalogs and inventory sheets are available for online browsing maximizing social distancing and keeping both staff and customers safe from any contact. With 5 acres of land and 8 sale greenhouses, they are setting up curbside pickup appointments with no more than five vehicles per greenhouse 9-5 Mon-Sat.
Water Crest Farms Nursery in West Grove, PA offers perennials to flowering shrubs to big trees. Customers can call to make an appointment or place orders via telephone, Facebook or email. They are providing curbside pickup and delivery on orders over $300. Proper CDC procedures are being practiced at their property, including their staff being equipped with sanitation supplies, face masks, and commonly touched areas, like credit card terminals, are being sanitized regularly. Open 8-4 Mon-Fri their staff is available to give advice and recommendations at a safe social distance.