Easter Lilies Snatched Up When Greenhouse's Plight Is Publicized

Steve Miller
April 08, 2020 - 10:10 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — We told you a few days ago about a west suburban greenhouse that had too many lilies — and not enough customers — because of COVID-19.  

WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller has an update.

Ten thousand lilies had grown and matured at Schaefer Greenhouses in Montgomery, waiting for Easter.

But with churches closed to parishioners, the lilies just sat, unwanted.  

Then the lilies became a news story.

Greenhouse co-owner Mary Ann Kutnick says people started buying them — for friends, family, hospital employees. For strangers.

"All you hear is all this negative stuff in the world right now. There’s so much sadness.  People are so depressed,” Kutnick said.

“And then you see that people are willing to jump up and take everybody in their neighborhood a plant, just to give them some sunshine. It’s very moving.”

About 2,500 lilies remain.