Now that we have had a little taste of snow, it feels like it is officially winter and we are now open for the holiday season of 2020. The greenhouse is dressed in all of its holiday finest and we look forward to seeing our customers again, for yet another season. As with so many things this year, it will be just a little different. These are our guidelines for shopping this year. They are the same regulations that we used this fall and they are in place to keep everyone safe.
-Please keep 6’ between yourself, staff and other customers.
-A mask or face covering is mandatory.
-No groups of more than three.
-A limited number of shoppers will be admitted at one time.
-Our restrooms are closed to the public.
-No pets in the greenhouse.
Our main crop at this time of the year is the thousands of poinsettias that we grow right here in our greenhouses. Our poinsettias are one of our longest term crops, with some of them being planted in July and some in early August. They are all just starting to show their gorgeous, holiday colors. You can choose one for yourself or as a gift, and take it right from where it has been growing. Hard to get much fresher than that. In addition to the poinsettias, we carry a wide range of fresh evergreens for all of your decorating needs. Whether you use wreaths, garland, evergreen arrangements or loose greens, we have all of those in stock with their wonderful wintery look and fragrance. We source them both locally and nationally to find the freshest, best quality that we can offer you. We make quite a few outdoor evergreen arrangements that you can drop right into your planters and we also carry all of the ingredients if you want to make your own.
One of our most treasured annual events is our Poinsettia Glow and unfortunately, it is not going to happen in 2020, due to the pandemic. Most years, we light several hundred candles in the greenhouse, as the sun sets. We invite our friends and customers to come here, enjoy some snacks and beverages and take in this beautiful holiday sight. The fact that it takes place in the course of a few hours and the main purpose is to gather, visit and eat just makes it not the wisest choice for this year. We have every hope and intention of having it back for 2021.
When the pandemic began in March, we feared for the future of our business because of how much we depend on what we sell in the spring. We adjusted, did contactless sales, drive through pick ups and anything possible. We were bolstered by calls, emails and messages from customers who wanted to know how we were doing and what they could do to help. It was humbling and reaffirming. We kept our entire staff and we now have plants and plans for spring of 2021. Thankful and grateful doesn’t seem like enough, but that is what we feel for all of those who have helped us. And also determined to share that same help and kindness.
As always, we are here at the greenhouse every day should you have any questions or need any additional information from us. We will hope to see you some time before the holidays.