The impacts of gas prices on a florist making deliveries

FLORENCE, Ky. – John Fitzpatrick said he has been with the Secret Garden of Roses and More for about 30 years. Her daily duties include filling vans with floral arrangements and delivering them to customers.

What do you want to know

  • National average gas prices reported by AAA on May 27 show gas at $4,599
  • Kentucky’s average price sits at $4.294 reported by AAA on May 27
  • Employees of The Secret Garden by Roses and More in the Florence area say they make between 20 and 30 deliveries a day
  • They say they could refuel the vans about once a day

“Most of my day, like 75%, most of my day is just making deliveries,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick said he can make 20 to 30 deliveries a day. The company is fueling up amid inflation as petrol prices soar across the Commonwealth and the nation. Kentucky’s reported average price sits at $4,294, according to AAA on May 27, 2022.

“These vans. I fill up a van about once a day,” he said.

He said it could cost $60 to $70 to fill up in a van.

Janet Ratliff is one of the owners of the flower shop. She said that in addition to gas, they are being hit by a helium shortage and are just battling inflation and supply chain shortages.

“We had to slightly increase the prices of our deliveries. We didn’t really do what really affected us. The cost of flowers continues to rise simply because the cost of getting the product here and even locating the product is getting harder and harder,” she said.

Ratliff and other employees were working on floral arrangements for Fitzpatrick. Ratliff said this time of year is busy with all kinds of graduations, celebrations and weddings.

“The weddings are all from northern Kentucky, even south of Florence. They also go all the way to Cincinnati, so we cover a really wide range of areas and travel a lot,” she said.

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