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Phalaenopsis Hybrid (L) and Calanthe triplicata (R) orchids are displayed during a press preview of the 13th annual orchids exhibit at the Smithsonian\'s National Museum of Natural History january 26, 2007 in Washington, DC. The exhibit sponsored by the Smithsonian\'s Horticulture Services and the US Botanic Garden simulates a canopy walk through the rain forrest and features over 2000 plants with 300 varieties.(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

The orchid show must go on (the rose show too)

It’s official: The government shutdown has forced the National Capital Orchid Society to move its annual orchid show and sale. Held at the National Arboretum for the past 50 years, the event will now be held at Behnkes Nursery in Beltsville. The show, still featuring thousands of non-sequestered orchids on display and for sale and epiphytic experts on hand to answer orchid-oriented questions, runs Friday through Monday.

Find more details and the show schedule here.

And the 75th Annual Potomac Rose Society Rose Show also opens Friday and continues Saturday at Merrifield Garden Center’s Fair Oaks location in Fairfax, Va. Both events are free.

Find more details and show program here .

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