Poinsettias: Holiday Flower Show Stars
Fortunately, Road Trips Gardeners, there are shows in progress all across the country.
This is a great time not only to be overwhelmed with the various reds of traditional poinsettias, but also check out some of the new varieties on offer (Christmas Beauty Nostalgia, for example, with its pink-and-green bracts).
Driving in the eastern United States? The 125th annual poinsettia show at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, 3100 Swann Drive, Baltimore, Maryland, opens December 7, 2013, and runs through December 29, 2013. Hundreds of exquisite and unusual specimens of every color, size, and shape will be displayed, accented by the backdrop of a Victorian Parlor. Winter Rose, Tapestry, Ice Punch, Shimmer Surprise, Strawberries & Cream, and Fireworks are just a few of the varieties of poinsettias on display, complete with a grand decorated tree and Victorian-style train garden.
Model trains, of course, are a frequent addition to holiday flower displays. They’ll be joined by dinosaurs during the winter flower show at Phipps Conservatory, 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It opens November 29, 2013, and sparkles through January 12, 2014, with not only flowers and trains but also a light show.
Thousands of holiday flowers will brighten the Buffalo Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, New York, through January 5, 2014, during their annual Poinsettia Show.
In the Midwest, check out the Holiday Flower show runs from December 7, 2013, through January 6, 2014, at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory 1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, Minnesota. (The Christmas Beauty Nostalgia poinsettia will be featured here).
The Holiday Poinsettia Show in the Luthy Botanical Garden, 2520 North Prospect, Peoria, Illinois, is open through December 3, 2013.
More than 5,600 poinsettia plants — multi-hued, deep red, sparkling white and speckled — are grown in Lauritzen Gardens’ greenhouses starting as early as July for the annual holiday show in Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha, Nebraska, running through January 5, 2014. This year’s spectacular exhibit includes a 20-foot-tall poinsettia tree, decorated holiday trees, antique sleighs and several passenger and freight model trains.
On the West Coast, if you’re lucky enough to have your route take you through Modesto, California, there’s a workshop on painting poinsettias with brush and ink at the Mistlin Gallery December 6, 2013.
And, just in case you were wondering, the poinsettia is the most widely tested consumer plant on the retail market, according to Grower Direct. Research conducted by Ohio State University has proven the poinsettia to be non-toxic to both humans and pets. All parts of the plant were tested, including the leaves and sap. Besides, it tastes so bitter your toddler is more likely to spit it out than swallow it.