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Tampa garden shop keeps business alive with house calls

Posted at 3:46 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 15:58:09-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Spring is the perfect time to replant those flower pots on the front porch. However, in most cases, that means breaking quarantine to get supplies. Thankfully, there is a business in Tampa that’s making house calls.

The South Tampa Planter Company & Garden Shop has been open for less than a year.

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Owner Chelsea Anderson is responsible for more than 100 varieties of plants at work, plus family quarantined at home.

“I have two small children at home, how am I going to be able to get over here to water them, take care of them, hang on to them,” said Anderson.

Anderson is doing all she can to make sure her flowers and business don’t wilt under the pandemic.

“We like to keep the flowers moving through the garden shop because long term they are not meant to be in pots,” said Anderson.

She knows the demand for flowers is there, but the desire to leave the house is often not. So, she is bringing her green thumb right to the customer’s door.

“I'm able to come to your house, walk up on your porch, pot up your planters, send you a Venmo request and I’m on my way,” said Anderson.

“Its a great hobby to have, to be able to plant, it’s just hard right now because we are all hesitant to go to the store because of the pandemic,” said customer Alexander Ruiz, of Davis Island.

Ruiz said a visit from Anderson is one of the bright spots in her family’s day. She can have both a safe household and a beautiful yard.

“I see her through my window, we chat six-feet distance, she tells me all about the plants she is planting for me, the care that’s required, and it couldn’t be easier,” said Ruiz.

Anderson said flowers are naturally therapeutic, great for the mind, body and soul. There’s no better time to order a garden.

“And I love it when the little kids come to the window or to the door and they start waving to me and it’s just so cute because it gives them a little ray of sunshine that day just having some pretty flowers,” said Anderson.

The South Tampa Planter Company & Garden Shop is currently open Thursday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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