CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VIRGINIA – As the heavy snow of Friday and Saturday make way for sunlight and recovery, one local business has suffered significant damage to their facilities at the hands of Winter Storm Jonas.
Chesterfield County’s Boulevard Flower Gardens reported Sunday that their growing production greenhouses, which have been used since 2000 to grow approximately two-thirds of what they sell year-round across the city, collapsed under the weight of heavy snow and ice from the weekend storm.
The company said that the loss of this facility presents a challenge as they have lost “a small amount of plant material, labor, materials, and most importantly, growing room for our Spring crop and Hothouse Tomatoes.”
The third-generation garden center has turned to social media and crowd-funding website gofundme in an effort to garner donations to help deal with the costs of the damage to the facilities.
“Of course, we will be attempting to file insurance claims,” the company said on their donation page. “but as they are ‘older property,’ we know we will not receive all that we need.”
Along with the damage to the greenhouse itself, the garden center is going to have to replace heaters, or attempt to save ones that were not heavily damaged by the storm, repair tubing for their irrigation systems, among other tasks.
“We know that the time with the insurance process is too priceless and could take well into/past the Spring growing season,” the company said.
The garden center is asking for monetary donations and volunteers to aid in rebuilding the greenhouse, removing snow, and any other tasks as the business that has been in the Tri-Cities since 1955 attempts to get back in full operations as soon as possible to get Spring plants planted and ready to go.
“We love our community and we really need your help right now,” the Landa’s closed their donations page message with.
So far, as of 1 p.m. Monday, the Boulevard Flower Gardens have raised nearly $1,500 of their $3,000 goal in 20 hours with many donators leaving well wishes and kind words for the community-oriented business on their gofundme page.
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