Nurseries and garden centers face demand during pandemic – thereporteronline

As spring continues, temperatures rise and flowers bloom here in Montgomery County.

Maybe someone in the area would like to plant some perennials or do some landscaping to pass the time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Can he or she do it?

According to Governor Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order issued last month, greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production is considered necessary.

For greenhouse, nursery and floriculture businesses, employers should implement health and safety guidelines that include cleaning procedures and wearing masks, according to the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association.

Garden centers are also expected to comply with state guidelines, but it may take longer for this sector to fully resume operations. To accommodate customers, many garden centers offer curbside plant collection.

Locally, O&F Farms has remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company sells a variety of items for sale such as flowers, plants, as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables, according to the farm’s website.

“We are open seven days a week during the current health crisis,” read an article on the O&F Farms website.

O&F Farms owner Jeff urged people to follow social distancing guidelines when shopping for botanical and culinary items at all locations. There are two stores on busy Route 73: 2815 Skippack Pike in Lansdale and 1040 Skippack Pike in Blue Bell.

O&F Farms also offers a home delivery option, according to the company’s website. Those with questions or interested should call 610-656-6968 or 610-656-6969.

While some local establishments in Montgomery County fall under the farm exemption associated with Wolf’s policies, others work to limit contact with customers while offering service.

“As our lifestyle has temporarily changed in response to COVID-19, we wanted to contact you, the community, to find out how we are handling this situation,” read an article on the Green Acres Nursery & Garden Center website.

It appears the company, located at 270 County Line Road in Colmar, is doing just that.

“We now offer a contactless curbside collection for all your gardening and landscaping needs. Trees, shrubs, mulch, stone, lawn care, tools, pottery, bird watching and more! Simply call your order, let us know when you arrive at our store and we will load your purchase into your vehicle. No need to get out of the car; let us do the lifting, ”read an article on the Green Acres Nursery & Garden Center website.

Customers can also place orders and learn more about delivery options by calling the company at 215-712-8373. For more information, visit the store’s website at

While driving along Dekalb Pike in North Wales, a sign outside Rhoads Garden read ‘curbside pickup available’. The facility offers several plant needs, including flowers, a garden center, and landscaping, according to the store’s website. Those interested should call the store at 215-699-2207.