The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden was expecting their 2020 annual plant sale to be the biggest one yet. Though the coronavirus has eliminated any chance of an in-person event, they are keeping hope alive by hosting their first ever online sale.
“All the work has already happened, so we thought we would go ahead and attempt to do our first ever online plant sale,” said Laurna Strehl, deputy director of WKBG.
The online sale — normally confined to the last Saturday of the April — will begin at 8 a.m. Monday and last all week. Plants can be picked up Friday and Saturday.
Strehl said they are still hoping for a solid turnout — even if it is a virtual one.
“Because our plant sale is annual and it’s the last Saturday of April every year, people plan for it knowing our plants become available then,” she said. “We’re hoping we will retain those customers who have already counted on us for their plants.”
Customers will be able to view stock photos of each type of plant along with a description and price.
“People are going to have to trust that we’re giving them healthy plants,” Strehl said. “We’re not going to sell an unhealthy plant. I may end up adjusting what’s available based on the condition of some of our plants. We’re going to do the best job we can.”
After making their purchase, customers will be directed to an online form where they can choose a pickup time. To get their order, customers will drive up to a table that contains only their order during their designated time.
Strehl knows some people may not be comfortable with technology or paying over the internet, but she thinks WKBG may also be able to gain a few new customers who prefer online shopping.
Visit the WKBG Facebook page to stay up to date with more details.
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