Annual DHSS poinsettia sale starting next week

NEW CASTLE — The annual holiday sale of poinsettias grown at the greenhouse on the Department of Health and Social Services’ Herman Holloway Campus began Monday.

The sale, which runs through Dec. 21, allows individuals to purchase a seasonally appropriate plant and help support youth programs.
Available in red, white, pink and multiple specialty colors, the 6.5-inch pots are $9.50 each or $10 for specialty colors. For orders of more than 25 plants, the price is $8.50 for each plant.

Plants in the 8-inch pots come in red, white and a mix of red and white and cost $30 each. The larger plants in the 10-inch pots come in red or white and cost $35 each.

Customers can also buy smaller 4.5-inch pots suited for tabletops for $4.50 each. Each such pot comes in red, white, ice crystal, ice punch, ruby frost, gold rush and sparkling punch colors.
The prices include a choice of gold, red or green foil wrap on the pot. Delivery is a flat fee of $7 in New Castle County no matter the number of plants.

The greenhouse is operated by Bright Spot Urban Farms, a nonprofit founded by West End Neighborhood House in Wilmington that works to teach high school students about agriculture and horticulture.
Students participate in one or more three-month sessions in which they learn about different aspects of production, marketing and sales, as well as conflict resolution, problem-solving and public speaking.

“Our students are gaining exposure to and learning skills in a field that many of them never considered as a career, while also learning valuable lessons about teamwork and discovering new capacities they didn’t realize they had,” Sindhu Siva, program director at Bright Spot Farms, said in a statement.

“All of this is made possible by incredible customers who know the sale of our products goes toward supporting our youth programs. We encourage you to come out to the greenhouse to check out our poinsettias and learn more about our students and the programs we offer.”

he greenhouse is on the Herman Holloway Campus at 1901 N. DuPont Highway and is open to the public. It will take walk-in sales from noon to 5:30 Monday through Friday and 10 to 2 on Saturdays.

Orders can be made online at https://www.brightspotfarms.org/poinsettias or by emailing brighstpotventures@gmail.com. For more information, call 255-2993.

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