Utah Garden Shop Says Interest In Home-Grown Food Is Growing

Jul 5, 2020, 10:04 PM | Updated: Oct 30, 2022, 11:16 pm

BOUNTIFUL, Utah — Dreams can be cultivated in the strangest of ways. Beuna Tomalino’s dream of opening her own gardening shop took decades to bloom.

“I actually had this business plan for over 25 years,” she said. “It’s kind of scary. I have a degree in horticulture, I did work retail for 20 years, so I did have that experience.”

Once her kids were grown, she put down roots and opened shop. Part of her plan involved teaching — teaching in a classroom in the back of her shop, called “Basil & Rose” — a classroom where the class has been sitting at home.

Instead, she’s set up a small camera, hoping to teach a few classes online.

Like most businesses, Tomalino’s has felt the crunch of the coronavirus.

“I’ve ordered seeds multiple times, and seed companies are running out of stuff,” she said.

She hadn’t yet opened last spring, which is when many would be looking to visit a shop like hers.

She said she doesn’t have anything to compare it to — but interest in gardening seems to be growing.

“In general, people are more interested in gardening, even if they’d never done it before,” Tomalino said. “Or if they have done it before, maybe they want to grow more than they have.”

Basil & Rose has only been open for about a year. Beuna Tomalino says seeds have been harder to come by than they used to be. Tomalino's classroom space hasn't gotten as much use as she'd hoped. Beuna Tomalino helps a customer inside her Bountiful store. Tomalino sells much more than just seeds — plants are a common item customers are looking to buy. Tomalino says opening her own store was a dream she's had for more than a quarter century.

Tomalino’s father grew up on a farm in the Great Depression, adding that growing and storing food has always been a part of her life.

She said it’s always wise to work, being ready for anything, especially now.

“I didn’t think this would happen, but it could be something else damaging the food supply,” she said.

Earthquakes, floods or drought could all shock what shows up on shelves — and Tomalino said even an apartment is plenty of space to grow something like herbs.

“Even though I have a yard, all of my houseplants are edible,” she said. “You can have herbs, different things like that, and I have them inside, because they wouldn’t survive the winter outside.”

But she doesn’t expect people to be quite as into this as she is.

“I do grow plants you can use as toilet paper,” Tomalino said with a laugh. “But I hope I never have to do that!”

Whether it’s a drive towards self-sufficiency, or just people with more time on their hands, Tomalino’s dream may have taken a quarter century to germinate, but it’s sprouting up to be a success.

“It’s been wonderful,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun, and I feel like I’m helping a lot of people.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories


Intermountain Medical Center (KSL TV)...
Emily Ashcraft

Pandemic led to increase in rate and severity of depression, Intermountain study says

The COVID-19 pandemic had a large impact on mental health, specifically depression, an Intermountain Health study using research from thousands Utah patients found.
26 days ago
Emily Ashcraft

Masks no longer required at Intermountain Health facilities, 3 years after pandemic started

Intermountain Health announced wearing masks will become optional for visitors and patients beginning March 15, following an anticipated decline in respiratory illnesses.
29 days ago
woman blowing her nose on a couch...
Paul LeBlanc

New assessment on the origins of COVID-19 adds to the confusion

Three years after the start of the pandemic, researchers are beginning to look more into how COVID-19 began and its origins.
1 month ago
Flu COVID test...
Jen Christensen, CNN

FDA authorizes first at-home test for flu, Covid-19

If you've got a fever and a cough, you don't necessarily have to go to the doctor anymore to find out if it's the flu or COVID-19.
1 month ago
Ashley Moser

COVID long-haulers push lawmakers to approve funding for treatment research

The request for $4,000,000 would help U of U Health’s Comprehensive COVID-19 Clinic, which has seen 1,800 long COVID-19 patients since July of 2021.
1 month ago
Katija Stjepovic

Utah arts and cultural jobs are surging after COVID pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic pulled the curtains on most of Utah's arts and cultural jobs, but after nearly three years, they are reemerging. 
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Stack of old laptops with dark background...
PC Laptops

Old Laptop Upgrades You Need to Try Before Throwing it Away

Get the most out of your investment. Try these old laptop upgrades before throwing it out to keep it running fast and efficient.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
Utah Garden Shop Says Interest In Home-Grown Food Is Growing