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Local Plant Sales Get Creative to Support Gardeners

Photo credits: Robin Carlson, Chicago Botanic Garden

Spring is the time for plant sales, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations, nonprofits and independent garden centers have been creative in meeting the requirements of statewide stay-at-home mandates and social distancing requirements. Many spring plant sales are still on schedule, but have moved online for ordering, with delivery and curbside pick-up options.

The MikeNowak Show radio team has created a comprehensive list of virtual plant sales and similar events on their website, updated regularly as new sales are announced. Many of these annual events are nonprofit fundraisers, and community support is crucial right now.

Keep growing plants at home—whether it’s vegetables, native plants, herbs in containers or a comforting hanging planter. While shopping for plants, please be sure to wear a mask, follow official state guidelines, maintain appropriate distancing and follow site manager instructions to keep everyone safe.