San Diego Grower Donates Plants to First Responders
Olive Hill Greenhouses, based in northern San Diego County, is continuing a long history of supporting local organizations by donating thousands of plants to first responders and those on the front line of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
The multi-generation family-owned company decided to team up with one of their customers in Southern California, Plantscapers Inc. in Irvine and Palm Desert, to provide beautiful flowering plants to brighten the days of those on the front lines of combating the health impacts of COVID-19 in Southern California communities. According to the company, their donation of thousands of bromeliads have been a real hit and bright spot in the recipient’s day.
“We can see how much this pandemic is affecting our neighbors and our state, and we want to help as much as we can,” said Denise Godfrey of Olive Hill Greenhouses. “While we know that first responders are incredibly absorbed in this crisis and caring for people, it’s just as important for us to take care of our community members struggling emotionally at this time, as well as help really brighten the days those on the front lines fighting this outbreak.”
The pandemic donation is an extension of ongoing outreach. Olive Hill Greenhouses, their customers, and members of the National Interiorscapers Network have donated tens of thousands of plants to charitable organizations, non-profits and healthcare facilities throughout the region, state and nation.
“Plants are life giving and are a welcomed gift regardless of the circumstances, but especially in uncertain times, plants help create a healthy environment and positive outlook,” said Godfrey.
“During these uncertain times, it is extremely comforting to me to be surrounded by fresh indoor plants,” said Julie Davis Farrow, CEO and founder of Plantscapers. “They keep me unhappy, motivated and make me smile daily.”
Donations are going to hospitals, first responders and nonprofits across the region, including Newport Beach Police Department, Kaiser Permanente and other local nonprofits. Today, Olive Hill Greenhouses is planning on shipping over 1,000 additional plants through their partner Plantscapers.