Columbus Region Flower Farms Happy to Delight the Pandemic-Weary

Local growers are finding new ways to reach customers who want to bring beautiful blooms home even as international floral markets shutter.

After being stuck at home for weeks, visiting Sunny Meadows Flower Farm is sheer relief. The air smells of mud and vegetation, with undertones of floral. The sun is warm, and two dogs are lounging in front of the garage, one of whom wants to be your best friend.

Then there are the flowers, rows and rows of them in brilliant pinks, oranges and reds. They grow inside one of the seven greenhouses and two hoop houses necessary to protect early blooms from Ohio’s finicky spring weather. It’s the week before Mother’s Day—the busiest weekend of the year for many in the flower business—and all seven of the farm’s employees are harvesting flowers like mad, while wearing masks and standing six feet apart.

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