Lingering impact of COVID-19 on florists
COVID-19 brought major changes to every industry last year, and many are still feeling the lingering effects. The floral industry is no exception. As demand for flowers ramps back up due to events like holidays, proms, and graduations to name a few, we’re still navigating flower shortages and shipping delays.
The initial impact last year came from shutdowns and cancellations of weddings, corporate events, and other various in-person gatherings that would generally have people patronizing their local florist to decorate their chosen venue. Bulk deliveries from floral suppliers were impacted during COVID as well, as staff shortages and other logistics meant truckloads of flowers sat waiting and wilting long before they could make it to floral coolers around the country.
Even though floral supplier deliveries, weddings, and other events are beginning to rebound, the flower industry is experiencing a new set of challenges with their supply chains. Staff reductions and quarantine orders around the world that restricted growers months ago are directly impacting the availability of blooms on the market now. As magical as flowers feel sometimes, they don’t actually grow by magic. If growers were unsure of the upcoming demand or were short-staffed and didn’t plant flowers last year, they don’t have flowers to distribute this year.
Despite industry challenges during the pandemic, many floral shops have survived and are optimistically looking toward a rebound in the industry.
Hopes are high for upcoming weddings, summer celebrations, and other events.
Though access to certain flowers may be limited, Lilygrass design experts are here to help you create beautiful floral arrangements. We will do our absolute best to source the desired flowers for your arrangements, and we can always recommend alternate flowers for any that may be currently unavailable.
Call or stop by our store in the Brixton Square Shopping Center at Rockwell and NW Expressway to get that order in for your special someone’s birthday, anniversary, or maybe a just-because surprise for a friend who needs a little encouragement. And, of course, call us if you have an upcoming event that needs fresh beautiful blooms! Whatever your floral needs, Lilygrass is here to help you bring smiles to the faces of the ones you love.
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