New York Garden Nurseries Still Open During the Coronavirus

Posted on May 6 2020 - 5:47am by UOG

For New Yorkers looking to plant spring flowers, shrubs, or vegetable seedlings, figuring out which garden centers and nurseries are open — let alone what’s in stock — can be a chore. So to help you navigate the complicated task of buying seeds, plants, pots, soil, and compost in the middle of the coronavirus lockdown, we talked to five NYC plant experts about their favorite local nurseries that are still open, delivering, or offering curbside pickup.

Because they sell edible plants like vegetables and herbs, many of these small businesses have been deemed essential and allowed to stay open. If you do make a trip to buy something in person, remember to follow the same basic rules of social distancing and mask-wearing as you would at the grocery store. To keep your visit quick, George Pisegna, deputy director and chief of horticulture at the Horticulture Society of New York, suggests calling ahead to make sure they have what you are looking for. And if you are having plants delivered, don’t forget to tip generously.


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