Garden centers are seeing a spike in sales amid the pandemic

Many businesses are struggling to get by amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, but nurseries and garden centers have actually seen a rise in sales.

Posted: Jun 25, 2020 8:12 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Many businesses are struggling to get by amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, but nurseries and garden centers have actually seen a rise in sales.

It's been quite an unusual spring,” said David Huth who has worked at Bennette’s Green House for 42 years. "We have sold a lot more plants than in any other year I can remember.”

The garden center has sold so many plants one of their greenhouses is completely empty.

"We are completely out of Geraniums which is very unusual for this time of year,” added Huth. “We are completely out of impatiens plants except for a few hanging baskets and that’s quite unusual for this time of year."

Those plants being sold along with many others are due to new gardeners picking up the hobby like Joe King.

"I've got to slow down a little bit I have spent a lot of money on plants," said King.

Many people, like King, started Gardening to take up the free time he's had during the pandemic.

"We've planted a garden it's doing really well as far as in the house goes I like orchids and philodendrons," added King.

Planting a vegetable garden is what Huth says many first time gardeners have come to their store to do.

"A lot of people get into vegetable gardening because if they are unemployed they don't have as much spendable income so they are starting to grow their food,” added Huth.

While employees at Bennett's hope the trend will continue.

"If 50 percent of them that didn't garden come back and try it again that's got to be good for anybody in the garden center business," said Huth.

For new gardeners like King continuing his new hobby is something he plans on doing.

"I really have never spent this much time working with plants and learning about them but it's something I have really started to enjoy and I will probably continue doing a year,” said King.
Huth says a lot of the vegetable plants they are currently sold out of should be available again around mid-July.

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