By Justin Seward
Bow Island’s Big Garden Centre have taken measures to ensure the business is safe while customers are buying flowers and gardening products during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It started last week with customers being allowed in by appointment only for soil products, which ended on Saturday.
On Tuesday, people were to begin coming in for seed potatoes, while trees and strawberries will arrive for purchase as well.
The following week will see the arrival of plants.
“How I got it going for COVID-19, is I got signs up,” said Terrie Matz, Big Garden Centre owner.
“This is the plan, I’m working on (this) week, is to keep a one-way flow in the greenhouse because it’s a very big space, we can actually have quite a few people in it at the same time and still maintain. What I’m thinking is I’ve got a front parking lot and a side parking lot and just using the front parking lot. When that’s full then that’s enough people in the greenhouse and then people need to wait at the gate.”
Matz says since she decided to cut back on products last fall, it has not been a big issue getting flowers in yet.
Matz is using her daughter and son-in-law as staff for this year.
Hours of operation will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. until Mother’s Day.
Then from Mother’s Day onward, hours will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the whole month.