Garden centers record “record” sales amid coronavirus

Marybeth Taggart, director of advertising for Grandma’s Gardens near Waynesville, said the garden center had a record-breaking Mother’s Day sale. The average amount spent per purchase also increased this spring, according to Taggart.

“With so many people stuck at home, people are improving their gardens and landscapes,” Taggart said. “Producers are actually struggling to keep up with demand. “

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Cindy Jones of Troy sells plants at Stockslagers Greenhouse and Garden Center Tuesday morning. Business has been booming this spring for the area garden center. JIM NOELKER / STAFF

Cindy Jones of Troy sells plants at the Stockslagers greenhouse and garden center Tuesday morning.  Business has been booming this spring for the area garden center.  JIM NOELKER / STAFF
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Cindy Jones of Troy sells plants at Stockslagers Greenhouse and Garden Center Tuesday morning. Business has been booming this spring for the area garden center. JIM NOELKER / STAFF

Reuters reported that people around the world are turning to gardening during this coronavirus lockdown. People may find themselves with more time because they have been on leave or are now working from home, or they find that their usual activities cannot take place. Seed companies in the United States have reported sharp increases in orders.

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Kossoudji said he felt a little guilty his business at North Dayton Garden Center is doing so well as many other businesses have had to shut down during the coronavirus pandemic. During a normal spring, with all this rains and the recent frost, garden sales would be dismal, Kossoudji said.

This year, the garden center is busier than ever, unloading semi-trucks full of plants, flowers and seeds “like crazy,” Kossoudji said.

“We sell vegetables all over the place,” Kossoudji said. “Some customers are worried that grocery store prices will go up or that they won’t have a lot of produce, so they buy vegetables to grow in their home gardens.

Taggart said Grandma’s Gardens was deemed essential, so they were able to continue selling plants and flowers temporarily on the curb. Now that the greenhouses are open, staff are disinfecting carts, wearing masks, and taping aisles to direct traffic and keep customers at a social distance.

Taggart said that “anything that has color” or annuals, shrubs and flowering trees are currently top sellers at Grandma’s Gardens.

“People want to add color to their world, to their landscape,” Taggart said. “Plants are a calming addition to your surroundings. It helps you temporarily get away from whatever is going on.

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The business of Stockslagers Greenhouse and Garden Center in New Lebanon has been busy this spring. Many people buy vegetarian plants and are interested in gardening because of the coronavirus. JIM NOELKER / STAFF

The business of Stockslagers Greenhouse and Garden Center in New Lebanon has been busy this spring.  Many people buy vegetarian plants and are interested in gardening because of the coronavirus.  JIM NOELKER / STAFF
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The business of Stockslagers Greenhouse and Garden Center in New Lebanon has been busy this spring. Many people buy vegetarian plants and are interested in gardening because of the coronavirus. JIM NOELKER / STAFF

Jacob Stockslager, production manager of Stockslages Greenhouse and Garden Center in New Lebanon, said he saw the biggest increase in sales of vegetable plants.

“People are forced to be at home during this period and they find time to be in their gardens, people can also take care of the lists they had but now have time to fill them out”, he said. declared Stockslager.

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Stockslagers closed on March 16 and reopened its retail space on April 20. The garden center has installed plexiglass at the cash registers and imposes social distancing in the store.

Stockslager said the garden center also saw an increase in vegetable sales in 2008, but was not sure the two sales increases were related in any way.

Tomatoes and peppers are currently the two biggest sellers, according to Stockslager.

“We sowed more seeds than normal this year to meet demand,” he said. “We are starting to find that we are selling some things faster than usual. “

Stockslagers also sells to other growers and garden centers. They also wholesale more plants and flowers.

“I think it’s an outlet for the consumer, a good thing to do,” Stockslager said.

Stockslager said the garden center is grateful for the support from customers and employees who continue to work.

“We went from not knowing if we would even be able to sell certain things in the retail and wholesale business,” Stockslager said. “We are very lucky to be sitting where we are. These are tough times for everyone, and a very important part of our success lies in our people. “