The mom and pop garden center going the extra mile for customers

The coronavirus pandemic has put many a small business on edge.
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Need another tonic of positivity amid the dejection of coronavirus? We present to you Minnesota Gardens in Chaska.

Launched by Mark and Jennifer Buse in 2014, the garden center is among the many businesses facing a major challenge in the face of the coronavirus.

On the one hand, people are being advised to stay home and not go shopping unless it's for essentials, but on the other, there could well be a resurgence in gardening 

Or as former MinnPost journalist David Brauer eloquently put it on Twitter last week: "People are just gonna garden the s--- out of their gardens this spring, aren’t they."

This is why the Buses are going the extra mile for their customers, many of whom would typically drop off their patio pots every spring, with Minnesota Gardens then designing and planting the pots for them to pick up.

But now with the state mostly in a lockdown, the company is now offering to go out to customers' homes to design and plant their pots for free.

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Furthermore it's also offering free delivery on any plant purchases made via the Minnesota Gardens website, app or over the phone.

"One of the reason we decided to see what we could do, was to help our elderly customers to stay at home and order plants online, but after talking it over with our staff and customers we decided to offer free delivery to all our customers," Jennifer Buse told BMTN.

"We think it is a win-win for everyone, people that are wanting to stay in during this coronavirus outbreak could just call, use our app, or use our website to purchase our plants and have them delivered for free."

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