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Kelowna garden centre’s Mother’s Day slower than expected

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May 10, 2020 - 2:45 PM

The sun is shining, and although more people are tending to their gardens during the pandemic, a Kelowna greenery says it’s had a slower Mother’s Day.

“Mother's Day is always one of our busiest days. We have seen more people buying veggies and more new gardeners overall this year, but as for just Mother's Day, it is probably one of our slowest Mother's Day days in the past few years," said grow manager Bob, who declined to give his last name, at The Greenery Garden Centre.

He said while there’s still a lineup to get inside, it’s not as big as what the staff was worried about for Mother’s Day.

The centre believes COVID-19 is playing a role in less customers this year, he said.

As spring arrived in the Thompson Okanagan, more garden centres and greeneries experienced an uptick in sales in late March and April.

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“We’re getting orders in by emails and by phone,” said Maria Byland from Bylands Garden Center in West Kelowna in a previous interview with iNFOnews. 

Nick Moffat from Vernon’s Nicholas Alexander Home & Garden has also noticed a spike in seed and vegetable plant sales this year. Although the store is still open to the public, many are opting to order online.

"We’re starting to see a really big push in our online sales, because I think a lot of people are really not wanting to come in anymore,” Moffat said in a previous interview.

In Kamloops, garden centres experienced the same phenomenon.

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"We’ve definitely seen an increase in seed sales, specifically vegetable rather than flowers," said an employee at Lyons Landscaping in a previous interview. "A lot of bulk sales too… for soil and gravel. It’s our main sales right now."

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