Garden Centers Are Open to Help You Grow Food at Home

gardeningYour local independent garden center is an essential community source providing you access to healthy, affordable food to grow at home. As an essential part of your community, garden centers are taking the required steps to serve you safely and protect their staff. With warmer weather in the forecast, here’s what you should know about shopping your local garden center during this time of social distancing.

Know before you go

Please visit your local garden center’s website or Facebook page, or call before you go to verify the operating guidelines. Some have adopted modified shopping experiences, such as shopping by appointment or call-in or online orders only, or may have adjusted their open hours and payment options.

Try curbside and delivery services

Submit your order in advance and enjoy curbside pickup. For your convenience, some garden centers are offering delivery services direct to your home.

With these services in high demand, be sure to place your order well in advance. This will allocate time for processing and for your preferred pick up or delivery arrival.

Shopping in-person

If your local garden center is open for shopping, check to see if it is by appointment only. Create a list and plan to shop efficiently. Now is not the time to stroll the garden center for inspiration.

Face coverings are encouraged and so is limiting your touching to items you are purchasing. Please be mindful of the 6-foot social distancing requirement, both with customers and staff members. Landscape plans or photos for plant, disease or pest ID should be emailed.

If you’re not feeling well, please stay home. Garden centers will be ready to serve you when you’re feeling better.

Embrace your space

Spending time in your garden and outdoors has proven mental and physical health benefits, including reducing stress levels, generating happiness, building communities, providing exercise and enhanced learning opportunities. The benefits of gardening are endless.

Whether you’re seeking locally sourced seeds and veggie starts, soil and supplies, or healthy plants and trees for your yard or balcony, your local independent garden center is ready to garden with you. Place your order— and “Plant Something WA!”

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The Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association (WSNLA) is a nonprofit professional trade association serving Washington’s Green Industry since 1937. Membership is comprised of plant and tree growers, retail garden centers, landscape installation and maintenance contractors, landscape designers, educators and researchers, allied businesses and others who work together with the mission to protect, promote and serve the horticulture community. You can learn more at and at the consumer-friendly site at