With the holiday season here at last, Clarke County residents have an opportunity to double the value of their holiday spending this year with a purchase that will both beautify the holidays and help support local education.
Clarke County High School horticulture students are offering a wide selection of Poinsettias, hand-made holiday wreathes and gifts that will add the perfect touch to your holiday dÃ©cor. As an added bonus to carbon-conscious holiday revelers, all Poinsettias are locally grown and therefore generate a very low carbon footprint.
According to CCHS horticulture instructor Beth Novak, students started “Day 1” of their school year by planting 400 Poinsettia cuttings.
“The students are fully responsible for caring for the plants through the entire growing season” Novak said. “The plants are tended from the end of August until the middle December when they are sold to customers during our annual Poinsettia Sale.”
Novak said that Poinsettias are grown as a holiday crop and are an important crop for greenhouse growers. Each year over 150 million carefully cultivated potted poinsettias, of every size, shape and color, are sold in more than 50 countries. Growing, maintaining, marketing and selling a crop from start to finish provides valuable real-time lessons for the students as they realize the time and effort that must be committed to producing a successful crop.
All monies raised from the holiday plant sales goes into the CCPS horticulture account and are used throughout the year to fund student projects which include floral design, community projects, gardening projects, and plants and materials for the next greenhouse crop.
“All horticulture students are involved in the project – from 1st year students who are just learning the ropes to 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students who shoulder more of the responsibilities for successful sales with each passing year” Novak said.
If a holiday wreath or flowers are on your Christmas list this year then don’t wait until the last minute to visit the CCHS horticulture. The following prices are good WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!
SALE DATES & TIMES
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 8:30am – 6:00pm
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 8:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 8:30am – 4:00pm
Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 8:30am – 3:30pm
PRODUCTS AND GIFTS
Poinsettias, evergreen wreaths and arrangements
Handmade flower products by
CCHS horticulture students include dried flower mini-wreaths & rose pomanders
Natural Critter Ornaments
This year’s feature soap scents are â€˜Lavender Bliss’ & â€˜Peppy Mint’
ORDERS AND DELIVERY
CCHS students will be taking orders for fresh evergreen arrangements & wreaths during Poinsettia sales.
Arrangements will be ready for pick on Tuesday, December 21st.
From Beth Novak:
Poinsettia prices are: 6” pot – $7.00 and 10” pot – $20.00.
We have lots of other products, too many to price here, but we will have price lists posted in the greenhouse.
The sale will take place in the CCHS greenhouse.