Upsurge in "Victory Gardens" Offer Hope and Optimism
Amidst these difficult times, it appears that Shelton Herb Farms, in Leland, has beneficial options for those with ample time on their hands. Owner Margaret Shelton comments, “We have been busy with what seems to be an increased interest in planting home gardens, Victory Gardens if you will.”
“We’re open with abbreviated hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, allowing us time to take care of basic chores at the nursery, thus providing better attention to customers and focus on their needs during the sunniest, middle part of the day,” she notes. “We’re following
CDC guidelines of personal spacing and encouraging hand washing and ensuring to sanitize our work areas. Our shopping and sales area are located outside in the sunshine and fresh air. We are suggesting visitors limit their numbers when inside the greenhouses.
“Customers are patient and considerate and complying with spacing themselves out as we check them out with their purchases. There are lots of questions and an eagerness to learn about basic gardening skills and share information. I always have felt that our customers here at the farm are a special breed to themselves-well educated, thoughtful, considerate and pleasant; all around good folks,” compliments Shelton.
The farm is offering curbside pick-ups as well. They handle the details by phone and the customer can pick up their purchases without visiting the nursery sales area or making contact
with anyone. Staff selects the plants they want and bring them to the roadside (in a shopping wagon that has been spritzed with sanitizer.) She adds, “Of course no one knows how this thing's
going to play out. Our schedule may change at any time depending on state or federal mandates. I’m hoping for the best and sometimes I even feel optimistic that we’ll get past these difficult times sooner rather than later.”
Location: 340 Goodman Rd. For more information or to place an order, call 910-253-5964 or visit SheltonHerbFarm.com. See ad, page 11.