Last weekend, when I visited our local garden center, I was somewhat disappointed in the quality of the poinsettias. The flowers had already been snipped out of many of the plants, a sure sign they'd come into flower early and would be less likely to last through the holiday season. When I heard about the poinsettias being sold as a University of Illinois Conservatory and Plant Collections fundraiser, I made a trip over to the Plant Sciences Lab to purchase some.
The holiday plant sale is open from 10am-3pm on Saturday, December 3 and 1-3pm on Sunday, December 4. Along with poinsettias, a small number of other holiday gift plants will be available for sale. In addition to 'Sonora White Glitter' and 'Ice Punch' poinsettias I purchased, the sale also includes red, white and even orange varieties. The Plant Sciences Lab is located at 1201 S. Dorner Drive in Urbana, IL.
The U of I Conservatory and Plant Collections are a great resource for the community. If you live in the Champaign-Urbana area, stop by to buy some great quality plants and help support the conservatory in the process.