What garden centers are open in Rochester and what they offer

After a long cold winter, the weather is finally starting to look like spring in the Rochester area.

The annual flower and vegetable planting season officially kicks off Memorial Day weekend. Market gardening has gained ground this year as more people are interested in growing their own food during the pandemic.

Garden centers in the region are open to businesses and some offer contactless pick-up. Here are some of the regional centers operating in the new normal.

1. The garden plant. 2126 Buffalo Road, gates. It is the giant assortment of gardening. Almost anything you want is available, from plants to the ground to annuals and trees. The Garden Factory is known for its large flower baskets filled with gerbera daisies and petunias, which sell for $ 24.99. Masks are mandatory to enter the center.

2. Chase’s greenhouse. 5874 East Henrietta Road, Rush. This garden center is a producer and all flowers and plants are grown on site. It is a family business which has been open since 1880; a family member will help you with your selection. The greenhouse offers just about every type of annual flower for $ 18 a flat, with favorites such as marigold and impatiens. Chase’s is offering a special on flower baskets for two for $ 30.

3. Bristol Garden Center. 7454 NY-96, Victor. The family business offers a wide range of flowers, plants, trees and shrubs for landscaping. Vegetables are popular this year. You can buy plantations to prepare yourself for growing vegetables and herbs. It offers a contactless pick-up service. You can place your order and it will be ready to load, with assistance, into your car.

Bristol Garden Center in Victor

4. Kirby Farmer’s Market. 9739 W. Ridge Road, Brockport. Three generations of the Kirby family work at the market, which grows their own plants. He adapts to the challenge of the coronavirus with social distancing practices. Only 10 people will be allowed to shop in the greenhouse at a time and masks must be worn at all times. And the staff will spray your hands with disinfectant when you walk in.

Vegetable plants such as cucumbers and peppers sell very quickly, said Ted Cooper, who works in the market.

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5. Van Putte Gardens. 136 North Ave., Greece. The garden center is open to the public and offers a curbside pick-up and contactless home delivery service. It has weekly specials like $ 8.88 for a pack of six large geraniums.

6. Roadside garden center. 124 Pittsford-Palmyra Road, Macedonia, Wayne County. The Garden Center, just across the border from County Monroe, is known for its large selection of hydrangeas. Clients must wear masks and practice social distancing at the center. He takes phone orders Monday through Friday for his curbside pickup.

Vegetable plants are popular this year.

7. Genrich Garden Center. 375 Cooper Road, Irondequoit. Genrich’s is open and asks customers to wear masks and practice social distancing. It also offers an online ordering option with zinnias, snapdragons, and cosmos that have just been added to the mix.

8. Country Max. Four locations in County Monroe at Henrietta, Fairport, Brockport and Spencerport. The super store sells plants as well as pet supplies and more. It offers contactless pickup and customers can place orders. You can also take an online tour of the stores.

Gardening vendors are at the Public Market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

These are just a few of the many garden centers in the Greater Rochester area. Be on the lookout for additional inventory of vegetable crops such as peppers and tomatoes. Other popular choices include cauliflower, kale, lettuce, spinach, and peas. The Rochester Public Market does not have Flower City Days due to the pandemic, but some of the regular vendors on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are listing their plants for sale.

As the vegetable patch is very popular this year, Mickie Sanna at Bristol’s Garden Center in Victor offers some helpful advice. Prepare your outdoor vegetable garden or raised beds by mixing compost with soil to add nutrients to the garden.

Good gardening.

Mary Chao is the retail and real estate reporter at Democrat and Chronicle. Email your tips to mchao@Gannett.com.