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Minnesota deems garden centers essential business

By Staff | Apr 20, 2020

Two of Gartzke’s finest greenhouse crew members work on potting plants while enjoying the warmth of the greenhouse. They are getting all of the flowers, hanging pots, and a variety of vegetable plants ready for an open house event once things warm up.

Technically, the first day of spring started on March 19, but on April 12, the whole area was hit with some snow, which may or may not have goofed up your gardening plans.

And if snow wasn’t enough to deter people, the coronavirus may have. Though, garden centers were just recently added to the official list of “essential businesses” in Minnesota on Friday, April 10.

Be that as it may, many local plant and flower distribution shops are adapting to not only the coronavirus, but the snowy weather.

Brush Creek Boutique, located in Bricelyn, is still hoping to brighten people’s days with beautiful plants and flowers in their greenhouse.

The local garden center is able to make deliveries if customers prefer; just give them a call to place an order.

“It’s still too cold for most annual plants outdoors, COVID-19 aside, this is still Minnesota,” says the staff. “We have a wonderful selection of indoor planters, succulent planters, and pansy planters to choose from currently. As we learn more in the coming weeks about how COVID-19 may impact our guests’ greenhouse shopping experience, we will do our best to keep everyone informed and adjust the greenhouse to fit the recommendations. Until then, let us keep the plans warm and growing for you for a few more weeks.”

At Twisted Vine Floral in Blue Earth, their plan is to open their greenhouse at the end of April.

“We have a plan in place for making sure we are set up outside so no one has to come into the shop with regard to COVID-19 procedures,” says owner Shelley Volz. “Workers will be wearing masks and gloves and we will have a pay till outside near the greenhouse. We will have bedding plants and vegetable plants available, and later we will have some perennials as well.”

Volz suggests shoppers bring a debit or credit card to make checkouts go as quickly and efficiently as possible with regard to social distancing.

At Bomgaars in Blue Earth, there is also a greenhouse that is currently open to the public, but they are keeping the greenhouse shut for weather purposes. All you need to do is head into the store and let an attendant know you’d like to peek in the greenhouse. Bomgaars offers a selection of peppers, flowers, herbs and other plants for your springtime garden.

Gartzke’s Floral shop is available for curbside pick-up and non-contact deliveries for flower arrangements, and their greenhouse is scheduled to be open no later than April 27.

“With the weather we’ve had lately, a lot of things are dependent on the weather,” says Diana McTamaney. “Our greenhouse open house will open as soon as it’s warm. We are recommending a limited number of people coming at one time in order to help with social distancing. We will be spacing out our benches and we will also have a good amount of flowers outside of the greenhouse, as well as inside, to help with social distancing. We may consider doing appointments but have not decided on that yet.”

McTamaney suggests guests who visit the greenhouse bring cash or check, as the business only has one credit card machine, and cash or check will make checkouts go more quickly at the greenhouse.

“Either way, I think we’re all pretty eager to get our gardens going, to see things blossom and bloom and to embrace springtime,” says McTamaney. “I think gardening and planting is a great way to pass the time when you are socially distancing yourself from others.”