A few weeks ago, I was invited by Greenhouse Canada to present a webinar for growers and retailers on ideas for the marketplace. Cathy Bartolic from Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association kindly joined us in the Q&A session to provide a local
perspective. While the webinar was mainly targeted towards Canadian growers and retailers, it was attended by companies from many other countries including Germany, South Africa and the USA – a testament to the far-reaching effects of COVID-19 on garden retail.
In the present economic climate, with businesses in hibernation or closing, it is essential that garden centres stay open and are seen as essential services to help with the wellbeing of the population. The worst scenario is what happened in the UK, where garden retailers and growers were forced to close as they were seen as non-essential businesses.