Business is blooming at local garden center as 'pandemic hobby' continues to grow

Spring has sprung, which means big business for local nurseries and garden centers. Business is "blooming" at Jesse Israel & Sons Nursery and Garden Center in Buncombe County, said co-owner, Alan Israel. According to Israel, Saturday, March 19, was their busiest day of the year so far, and they’re only anticipating sales to increase as the growing season progresses. “Everybody’s sick of being home,” Israel said. “They’re ready to get out in the garden and get their hands dirty."

Most businesses took a financial hit during the height of COVID-19, but garden centers and nurseries flourished as many people turned to plants during the pandemic. Israel said the hobby seems to have stuck.

Sky-high gas prices and empty grocery store shelves brought on by supply chain shortages again has people staying in and spending their green on their gardens. For Scott Adams, growing his own food is easy, sustainable -- and reliable.

“If you’ve got spinach in your backyard, that’s a better bet than it coming from California,” Adams said. “You can basically just snip those with a pair of scissors, and it’ll grow right back.”


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