Canada: COVID restrictions fuel boom in gardening

A Sooke landscaper believes a blooming boom in business results from people seeking color as a cure for the COVID blues.

Tina Acosta Delgado, the owner of Elite Garden Maintenance, said she’s never seen anything like it in her 17 years in the business. Her company, which primarily handles residential and commercial properties, is fielding an unprecedented number of requests from people for flowers this year.

Acosta Delgado attributes the increase in part to people looking for something to brighten their day during the pandemic. “I think people are looking for ways to be happy, and seeing color in their yard makes them happy,” she said. “Most people are asking for specific colors. It seems to me that they’re trying to match their choices to their mood and personality.”

The wholesaler Acosta Delgado deals with said all the wholesalers he speaks with had noticed the increase. “We used to be (at the wholesaler) once or twice a month,” Acosta Delgado said. “Now we’re in there three times a week.” Some nurseries are predicting that they may run out of flowers, she said.

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