Mother’s Day weekend busy for Indy garden centers

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Spring is finally in full bloom and it’s starting to show at Indianapolis area garden centers. An Indianapolis hardware store owner said this weekend was record-breaking for plant sales after the harsh winter.

Pat Sullivan, owner of Sullivan’s Hardware, said Mother’s Day weekend was a good way to put the bad memories of the recent winter behind.

“Everybody loses money for the first quarter and you really have to make hay when the sun shines and you know, you’ve got to recover those losses from the winter,”  Sullivan said.

Sullivan said that the demand was so high this weekend, that gardening centers were looking for products to put back on the shelves on Monday.

“You know it was a record-setter and I think it would be the same across the city for garden centers. It really was unbelievable,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said the biggest seller was hanging baskets, and those are also the toughest for garden centers to replace. Sullivan said there are no shortages at his hardware store yet, but that could change depending on the demand for certain items.

Robin and Stan Musselman said they planted all day on Sunday.

“Just want to be outside and around everything that’s alive and green and growing and beautiful,” Robin said.

“It’s wonderful now. As we all know, the winter was really, really hard. Some of my roses haven’t bloomed and I don’t know if they will or not,” Sally Grau, a customer buying plants, told 24-Hour News 8.

Sullivan said it’s now safe for you to plant everything, from vegetables to flowers to annuals. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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