Student-Grown Poinsettias Achieve High Holiday Grades

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 décor. As an added bonus to carbon-conscious holiday revelers, all Poinsettias are locally grown and therefore generate a very low carbon footprint.

Beautiful Poinsettias raised locally by Clarke County High School horticulture students make the perfect "Green" decoration for the holidays - Photo courtesy Beth Novak

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!


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


Poinsettias, evergreen wreaths and arrangements

Handmade flower products by

CCHS horticulture students include dried flower mini-wreaths & rose pomanders

Natural Critter Ornaments

Handmade Soaps.

This year’s feature soap scents are ‘Lavender Bliss’ & ‘Peppy Mint’


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.


  1. April O'Leary says:

    Beth is a great instructor who has taught these horticulture students things that will last them a lifetime. I would highly recommend attending the holiday sale – there are some unique gifts for family, friends or yourself!

  2. david irvine says:

    Did I miss seeing the prices?

    CDN Editor:

    The 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.

  3. Beth, Can you explain to me how to get cuttings from my poinsettia plant?


    James from Alabama.

  4. Once again Beth and her students have done a great job. For me, the Christmas season does not begin until I have visited the greenhouse. This year I purchased flavored vinegar and pumpkin butter along with my usual wreath and poinsettia.

    • I hope you mean you purchased flavored vinegar and also some pumpkin butter, because the combination of flavored vinegar and pumpkin butter sounds a bit odd.