The 17th annual show and sale takes place this weekend
Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 2:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 2:37 p.m.
The 17th annual Poinsettia Show and Sale will offer 4,000 poinsettias in more than 40 varieties — all lovingly grown and reasonably priced.
POINSETTIA SHOW AND SALE
What: The 17th annual Poinsettia Show and Sale.
When: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thursday, and 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Friday.
Where: Fifield Hall on Hull Road on the UF campus.
Cost: $10 for red, $13 for white, and pink poinsettias. $23 for Cortez Burgundy, Ice Punch and Luv U Pink, $15 for Orange Spice and Novel Pinks, and $18 for Winter Rose.
Information: Call 352-273-4526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by the University of Florida Environmental Horticulture Club, the show and sale will take place from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thursday, and 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Friday at Fifield Hall on Hull Road on the UF campus. Only cash or checks will be accepted to pay for purchases. This is the club's signature fundraiser, earning $40,000-$50,000 each year for educational experiences for club members and horticulture students, research, educational field trips and other programs.
Micah Weiss, one of the event organizers and treasurer of the Horticulture Club, said there will be traditional red, white and pink poinsettias as well as novelties such as Shimmer Surprise, Orange Spice, Winter Rose and Ice Punch. Weiss said six 1 1/2-inch pots are the most popular and include colorful, decorative pot covers. Larger showpieces will be contained in centerpiece bowls and 8- and 10-inch pots. There will also be poinsettia trees.
Weiss said prices run from $10 for red, $13 for white, and pink poinsettia varieties, $23 for Cortez Burgundy, Ice Punch and Luv U Pink, $15 for Orange Spice and Novel Pinks, and $18 for Winter Rose.
"If you're looking for special varieties make sure to come on Thursday, because by Friday those will be gone," said Weiss, adding that delivery is available for the large tree varieties.
Freha Choudhry, academic program assistant for UF's horticulture department, said the club members grow each poinsettia.
"Each poinsettia gets individual care," Choudhry said. "They take a lot of pride in it."
Jim Barrett, an environmental horticulture professor, said the annual show and sale provide students with an opportunity to experience all aspects of the industry from growing the crop, learning the technical side and managing the sale.
"It's a real good experience in the industry," Barrett said.