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Gardening in time of Coronavirus

It’s officially springtime! The sun is shining, the air warm, the time has changed to summertime and the nights aren’t freezing as often so if you have a garden, a terrace, balcony or even a window sill it’s time to get your thumbs green; but of course, it’s not that simple, as garden centres are considered non essential stores and have had to close. Luckily most centres are getting organised and you can now order everything you need online and get it delivered to your home.

If you’re looking for a shovel, a lawn mower or decide to build a shed then you’ll want to head to Coop Bau & Hobby (home delivery), Landi (order online and pick up at their stores), Hornbach (home delivery), or Bauhaus (home delivery).

If you want to support local businesses then:

Heini Garten, situated close to the Kantonspital has a really nice collection of plants and flowers. You can order online and have your purchase delivered, they also do spectacular flower arrangements if you have a special occasion you’d like to celebrate.

The Luzerner Garten Centre  sells many plants and boasts the largest tulip show in Switzerland which is on from March 28 until May 10. You can go by and visit the tulip garden as well as buy fruits & vegetables directly. You can also order plants which can either be picked up or delivered to your home.

Schwitter probably is the best known garden centre in central Switzerland. You can email or phone in your order and they will happily deliver to your home.

Hauernstein Garden Center is just a bit further down the road at the Baar exit. They have an online shop you can order from and have delivered to your home.

If you want specific organic products then the Biogarten Andermatt has an online shop and does home deliveries.

For those who are interested in plants for the house/flat then is a great place to go. With every plant that you buy they plant a tree in the amazon.

If you want to do something really special you could order a beehome with endemic bees to help our local populations, we wrote about it here.

What better time than now to get outdoors, or freshen up your home with plants? You’ll also be helping these business stay open through these difficult times. Now there is no excuse to not get your hands dirty and have some fun gardening.

(If you find this information useful, we would be really grateful if you could help us stay open by donating to the LiLi Centre - even CHF 10.- can make a difference!)

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Livingin organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.