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Flowers and plants at City Grange
Photograph: Courtesy City Grange

This pop-up shop is selling plants from the canceled Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Zach Long
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Zach Long

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show was set to take place at Navy Pier this weekend, before it joined the long list of events canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus. Event Organizers were left with hundreds of plants that were meant to be used in displays at the show, so they're teaming up with a local garden center to find good homes for the abandoned blooms and greenery.

City Grange in Lincoln Square will host the Flower Show To-Go pop-up on March 20 and 21 from 10am to 4pm and on March 22 and 23 from 10am to 2pm. You'll be able to browse a selection of plants that includes annuals, perennials, rose bushes, hydrangeas and blooming azaleas, with prices ranging from $20 to $95. A complete list of plants will be posted on the City Grange website on Thursday, March 19, where you'll be able to pre-order plants for curbside pickup or delivery beginning on March 20.

The pop-up shop will also feature a U-Pick outdoor area, where guests can purchase plants and flowers in-person. Organizers are asking guests to sign up for a free ticket via Eventbrite so that social distancing procedures can be observed during the sale—no more than 10 people will be allowed in the U-Pick area at any time.

In addition to saving a plant that might have otherwise gone to waste, purchases at the Flower Show To-Go pop-up will help support the Get Growing Foundation—a local nonprofit that helps teach people about gardening in their communities.

If you're looking for something to brighten up your living room while you're stuck inside for the next few weeks, snag a few plants from this pop-up and add some gardening to your quarantine routine.

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