Greenhouses everywhere were caught off guard last March when the COVID-19 pandemic turned the U.S. upside down. With shutdowns and stay-at-home guidelines sweeping every state just before the Easter holiday, garden center, greenhouse and nursery owners were left in the lurch.

With Easter, the kickoff of the flower season just days away, many greenhouses and garden centers saw their church customers cancel orders for thousands of plants. Many family owned greenhouses and garden centers donated plants to nursing homes, hospitals and other non-profits.

The loss of business was short-lived, however, as loyal customers, now spending more time at home, decided they would beautify their surroundings and started to visit their local garden centers, greenhouses and nurseries and business took off and didn't stop until the last Christmas tree was sold in December.

Owners of three of the largest greenhouses and garden centers in Delaware took time in mid-March as they began to gear up for the season to discuss what happened in 2020, the rebound and their thoughts for 2021. 




Art Petrosemolo is a freelance correspondent and photojournalist in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.