President’s Message

We often say that we in horticulture belong to an unpredictable industry, but I’ve probably never meant it more than right now. “Unprecedented times” is not a phrase that I use lightly but definitely describes what’s going on, with changes happening in the news seemingly every day. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by the virus. It’s been surreal and devastating to see industry events cancel like California Spring Trials, local flower shows like the Chicago Flower Show, Canada Blooms, and many more. My small town of Holland, Michigan has a large festival every year in May called Tulip Time that was recently canceled (for the first time in its 90-year history, including staying open during World War II). Our regional PPA meetings have already happened without cancellations and like Emily said we are hoping for the best for Lancaster and future PPA events.

In Michigan, schools, libraries, retail stores, gyms, etc. are closed and more closures are announced every day. I’m sure you are experiencing the same things wherever you live. My horticulture colleagues in Europe, Australia, Japan, etc. have been in contact sharing their experiences during this trying time. We are definitely living through history, and I hope we can all come through on the other side.

Things are still very busy at Walters Gardens. We are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe and healthy. Practicing social distancing, having virtual meetings from our desks, and avoiding all travel. What is your business doing to stay safe? Head on over to the PPA’s facebook page and comment on the latest post and see what others are saying about how they are handling the crisis.

Stay safe and healthy everyone,

Christa Steenwyk
PPA President
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