Local greenhouses and garden centers offer spring tips online amid pandemic

Alice Keefe
Created: March 27, 2020 06:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Spring is here and normally that would mean it's time to head to your local greenhouse or nursery to pick out plants and seeds for your garden.  But, the coronavirus pandemic is having an impact on nearly everything, even your planting plans.

That's why one local garden center is adapting.  When bars and restaurants were told to close, Sargent's Gardens did, too.


"One, we wanted to make sure that we were keeping our employees as safe as we possibly could and then we also wanted to keep our customers safe, but we still wanted to offer what we could," said Scott Moon, garden center manager at Sargent's on 2nd. 

While the store is closed to the public, Sargent's has gotten creative on how to still serve its customers. In addition to deliveries, they've added a curbside pick-up option and they've gone live, Facebook live that is.   "It's been fun. It's a learning curve, but we get a lot of questions after we do a Facebook live post," Moon said.

While it's letting staff connect with customers on topics like perennials, spraying for deer and crafts to do with kids stuck at home, it's not quite the same as having people coming into the store.

"I'm going through withdrawals personally. I love connecting with customers," Moon said.  Even though running orders out to cars and talking live online isn't the same as that face-to-face interaction, Moon said they're doing what they can.

"We feel that plants are really an important part of what we need right now," he said.

 Sargent's has two garden centers in and a floral shop in Rochester.  Their stores will remain closed to the public during the two-week 'Stay Home' order, but since they grow their products, they're considered 'essential' and will continue to do delivery and have the curbside pick-up option. 

To check out their Facebook live videos, click here.

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