For this week’s In the Garden, Sharon Meyer and Charlie Nardozzi discuss how to shop safely at garden centers and greenhouses during the pandemic. Sharon: Charlie we’re here! It’s garden season again, but it’s different – it’s very different now with COVID-19, so there are different rules. What have youRead More →

Rows of pristine green tomato plants lined the tables inside the Hammarlund Nursery in Esko on Friday, with soldiers fighting for food security. A barrel of natural organic fertilizer, or “tea,” as owner Ken Hammarlund described it, gave off the not-so-subtle scent of a minnow bucket. The nursery has seenRead More →

Bay Area nursery owners are reacting with cautious optimism to a report that health workers in several counties may ease restrictions on garden centers and landscaping companies starting May 4. “We are considering lifting the restrictions on some low-risk, mostly outdoor activities,” said Santa Cruz County health officer Dr GailRead More →

On April 10, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf denied a blanket exemption that would have allowed independent family garden centers across Pennsylvania to open this spring. The refusal means that garden centers, prepared for spring, will end up with millions of plants that they will not be able to sell. InRead More →

The expansion of Michigan stay-at-home orders announced by Governor Gretchen Whitmer comes with additional restrictions intended to limit the spread of the virus – including the closure of certain sections of stores. The new stay-at-home order, which takes effect on April 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and ends April 30,Read More →

With reduced hours, limited staff wearing masks, and clients standing six feet apart, business isn’t exactly business as usual at Olson’s Garden Center, but that hasn’t stopped Melissa Ferreira from doing business. all she can to get through the spring season. Ferreira explained that Olson is allowed to remain openRead More →

Landscaping, nursery and garden center workers are considered non-essential workers and will not be exempt under the March 27 update to Governor Tim’s COVID-19 emergency order Walz. Yet the overall impact of the current closure of local garden centers, nurseries and landscapers is unclear. “It’s far too early to tell,”Read More →