How to buy plants & more while keeping social distance

collage of spring plants
Photos by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Garden centers are working hard to make the necessary changes so that you can get plants and supplies while staying safe.

In my Gardening Directory, I have added categories for businesses that are open or opening soon as well as where you can order online, get delivery or use curbside pickup.

Here is the information I have for the businesses I work with. Things keep changing, so if you have specific questions about a business’s hours or what they have in stock, please contact them directly. You can see their contact information in our Gardening Directory.

When you buy from these folks, please let them know you heard about them through

Arbordale Nurseries & Landscaping

Garden center, Open, Delivery, Curbside pickup

We are open and ready to help.

Dear Valued Customers,
              Amidst all the confusion and fear around COVID-19, I want to provide some clarity and reassurance.

             While Arbordale is currently fully operational, we are monitoring the situation closely and working diligently to ensure that we support the effort in reducing the viral impact on all of us. 
            For those wanting to minimize social contact please be aware our staff is happy to take orders via phone, email or facebook messenger and schedule home delivery. During this situation Arbordale will be offering discounted delivery for all goods generally bought in-store; plants, soils, pots….
          I am fully aware that one cannot put into words the joy flowers and plants can bring to the world during difficult times. I want to reassure you that business is going forward as usual, our store is stocked, plants are growing and all orders are being met. 
Our highest priority is the health and well being of our staff and customers, as a safety precaution we implemented the following: 

  • All CDC recommendations including cleaning and sanitizing of all delivery vehicles, counters, carts, doors.
  • Encouraging staff frequent hand washing
  • Social distancing while in store.
  • Phone ordering, delivery and contactless pre-ordering
  • Discounted delivery charges
  • Pause on Credit Card signatures.

As we are all gardeners at heart, let us pray that this situation will be contained come spring! Thankfully the warmer outdoors and fresh air will be sure to make us feel better.

Kind Regards,

Jeff Salmon

See their listing in our Gardening Directory.

Go to their website.

Bengert Greenhouses

Garden center, Opening soon, Order online, Curbside pickup

Bengert Greenhouses will open April 16. We will be open 9 am- 5 pm daily through the month of April.

We are offering curbside service with the order form that will be available on our website when we open.

See their listing in our Gardening Directory.

Go to their website.

Bergen Water Gardens and Nursery

Garden centers & stores, Order online

Varieties of lotus that are new to the United States are available now as tubers from Bergen Water Gardens and Nursery, the pond specialty store one hour from Buffalo at 7443 Buffalo Rd., Churchville. In addition to pond plants, they sell carnivorous plants.

See their listing in our Gardening Directory.

Go to their website.

Busy Beaver Lawn and Garden

Open, Curbside pickup, Delivery, Garden centers & stores, Garden consultant, Designer, Landscaper, Outdoor furniture, Property maintenance, Remote landscape design

Now Offering Remote Services!

While we are all practicing social distancing, we can still help you plan a landscape.

We use aerial imagery software to view and measure your site. Then with a few photos from you and our 3D landscape design software, we’re able to create a custom design unique to your home. We’ll walk you through your new design remotely with video conferencing and screen sharing, keeping that social distancing streak alive!

We also offer curbside pick-up and delivery for all garden supplies, including plants. Simply place your order by phone at (716) 393-3575 or email

For curbside pickup, we’ll load any bulk or bagged products in your vehicle for you and then email or text your receipt to you. All garden center products, including plants, are available for delivery.

See their listing in our Gardening Directory.

See their website.

Lakeside Sod

Garden centers & stores, Open, Order online, Curbside pickup

The procedure for ordering the BigYellowBag is the same as in previous years. Order BigYellowBag online here or by phone at 716-741-2877.

You can also order sod online here or by phone at 716-741-2877. 

For other products, call 716-741-2877 to place an order. You will pay by credit card. Drive to Lakeside Sod, 6660 Goodrich Rd., Clarence Center and load your order into your car.

See their listing in our Gardening Directory.

Go to their website.

Lessons from Nature

Garden consultant, Open

I am open and doing consults keeping a safe distance. 

See their listing in our Gardening Directory.

Go to their website.

Lockwood’s Greenhouses

Garden center, Open, Curbside pickup, Order online

We are open for curbside pickup only; the storefront is closed. Orders can be placed through our website, by sending an email to, or by phone (716) 649-4684 during operating hours. We are open Monday-Saturday 10-4. We are accepting only credit card payments to remain completely contactless; no cash will be accepted. 

Thank you for all of your support. We hope to serve you well during this time. We have targeted a few select items to put online for spring, however if you don’t see something you’d like, please call and ask. We will be happy to add anything we have to your order!  You can view our current perennial availability and fruit tree and shrub availability under the “News” section of our website.

See their listing in our Gardening Directory.

Go to their website.

Mike Weber Greenhouses

Garden center, Opening soon

They will open for the season on April 24.

1. Shoppers may call us directly at 822-8887 to place their plug and herb orders.

2. Our online store is open! It can be reached from the order tab on the homepage of the Mike Weber website.

3. Our retail store will open Friday, April 24. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Monday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

See their listing in our Gardening Directory.

Go to their website.

Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses

Garden center, Open, Limited delivery

The greenhouse is open and you can purchase plants. Pansies, lettuce bowls (small containers planted with lettuce) and containers of frost-tolerant plants are available and are outside. You can also buy succulents, houseplants and potting soil. There is limited delivery.

Currently, the hours are 8-4 Monday through Friday, 9-4 Saturday and closed Sunday. 

Perennial Sale starting on April 24: We are working on a way for customers to pre-order plants and pay online. On the order form, you will be able to indicate the time when you want to pick up your order. There will be drive-through pickup. As more information becomes available, it will be posted on Mischler’s website here.

The floral shop remains closed.

Call 716-632-1290 for more information.

See their listing in our Gardening Directory.

Go to their website.

Louie C. Sardo Jr., Financial Professional

Open, Other

My team and I are here to be a resource to discuss the current market conditions, answer any financial portfolio questions that may have come up recently and, for those who may have been thinking about retirement, to discuss if it is still a good time to retire.

See their listing in our Gardening Directory.

Go to their LinkedIn page.

Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market

Garden center, Opening soon

Starting April 16 for pick-up orders only
Thursday through Saturday 9 am – 4 pm

We hope this finds you, your family and friends, coworkers and neighbors healthy and safe. We appreciate your patience while we reconfigured how we will be doing business in this new, strange world. Rest assured we will do everything we can to keep YOU, our staff and the community as safe from this virus as possible while providing you the gardening supplies you need.

Take a deep breath and know that we have our growers growing our heirloom and conventional vegetable seedlings and plan to have them available mid-May in plenty of time to get into your gardens. Annuals, perennials and natives will be available too as the season progresses.

Starting April 15, we will provide call-in ordering with curbside pickup starting April 16 for the immediate few weeks while our ecommerce site is built. Coming soon will be the products that will be available for purchase at
Orders cannot be taken before the 15th.

To start, we will be looking to provide mulch, topsoils, compost manure, peat, planting mixes and potting soils from Beck’s, Garden Magic and Organic Mechanics along with seed packets from Botanical Interest, Seed Savers Exchange and Baker Creek, fruit trees/bushes, houseplants and more. We will increase the selection of product as the season continues. Please let us know if there is something specific you are looking for and we will try to accommodate you.

We appreciate your continued support this year even more and look forward to supplying you with quality plant material and gardening supplies. We will have further instructions to follow for purchases as we get closer to April 15.

Stay healthy, stay safe!!

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