Local flower shop owners prepare for Mother’s Day while dealing with supply shortages

People are out doing their last-minute Mother’s Day shopping, with many stopping by local florists to pick up a gift for mum.

We were able to speak with owners about the rush, as well as the impacts of rising gas prices and supply tensions.

Sharon Gonzalez, owner of Coachella Valley Floral Distributors, has been preparing for months.

“We actually start preparing as soon as Valentine’s Day ends,” Gonzalez says.

Gonzalez tells me that shipping delays are one of the reasons she started getting ready early for Mother’s Day.

“We’ve had a problem getting our roses from Columbia. We’ve had problems with other supplies as well, but gas prices have certainly hit us on that side as well in terms of our drivers and our other supplies as well,” Gonzalez adds.

Lotus Garden owner John Southorn says he’s had the same problem: “Flowers have been hard to get this year.”

Southorn uses a truck with two vans to make deliveries and says gas prices have impacted his business.

“Our delivery costs went up a bit because of the gas,” says Southorn.

But he found solutions, like hiring a third party to serve his customers: “They call an Uber, we have flowers ready, Uber comes, picks them up and delivers them to mom.”

Although both companies have taken steps to deal with rising gasoline prices and supply shortages, they say their customers continue to show support.

“Mothers are so important to families that people are willing to go above and beyond to give them what they love and to show they care,” Gonzalez says.

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