Thursday, December 12, 2019
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The holiday poinsettia show offers all the opportunity to
celebrate National Poinsettia Day and learn about this gorgeous holiday plant.
This holiday will be honored at Lauritzen Gardens with docents onsite
to answer questions about poinsettias and the poinsettia show itself. The
first 100 families to visit the garden will receive a FREE poinsettia (limit
one per family) to celebrate this special day.
National Poinsettia Day (by decree of Congress) marks the death
of Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. minister to Mexico who introduced the
native Mexican plant to the United States in the 1800s. Poinsett would ship
cuttings of the plant to his greenhouse in Greenville, S.C., where he would
later propagate them and send them to friends and botanical centers around the
United States. Poinsett became the namesake for this popular holiday plant.
Visitors to Lauritzen Gardens' annual holiday poinsettia show
can view approximately 2,000 poinsettia plants at any given time this holiday
season. There are a tremendous number of poinsettia varieties and many unique
plants are displayed in this year's exhibit. There are also more than 700
poinsettias on grand display in a 20-foot-tall poinsettia tree.
Much like how Poinsett first introduced poinsettias to the
United States, staff at Lauritzen Gardens start all the poinsettias seen on
display from mere cuttings. Greenhouse staff and volunteers begin caring for
these cuttings in summer until they are ready for display in late November and
throughout the holiday season.
Celebrate the poinsettia by visiting Lauritzen Gardens on
National Poinsettia Day, or visit the indoor show through January 5.
admission rates apply for this event. Members are
admitted free. Join today!