US (OR): Grant County nursery, floral businesses bloom during pandemic

Grant County nurseries and florists didn’t slow down much during the pandemic — in fact, business picked up. Customers spending more time at home resulted in many looking to local flower shops to spruce up the space where they spent the majority of their time while waiting for COVID-19 case counts to drop.

Julia Justice of Better Blooms and Gardens has been in business for over 20 years and says houseplants and succulents have been a hot item during the pandemic.
“Those were things (customers) were looking for because they were stuck in their homes,” she said. “There is still interest in that.”
Justice said she saw an uptick in people who had never had the time to garden before coming into her shop to make purchases.

When people were buying plants, they were realizing they’d never had time to work in their back yards before. Whether they were planting ornamental grass or blueberries, it didn’t matter.”


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