By Hannah Fortin
Senior, agricultural communication major
Deck the halls with…pots of poinsettias! Here at Cal Poly, we are fortunate enough to have beautiful gifts grown by our very own students and ready for you to take home during the holiday season.
The Poly Plant Shop is hosting its incredible annual Holiday Sale Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4. Poinsettias, centerpieces, succulents, ornaments, gifts and more will be available for purchase. Fridays, the shop will be open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays, the shop will be open from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Fortunately, the shop will remain open if customers continue to come in, so don’t be discouraged. It’s conveniently located next to the Horticulture Unit (Building 48) on the Cal Poly campus at the top of Via Carta Road. If you can’t make it during the sale, you can still buy these items throughout the month of December.
The Plant Shop opens into a festively adorned room full of gorgeous plants, flowers, and other holiday decorations just for the occasion. Most of these plants are grown by students who take part in the Poinsettia Enterprise Project, an annual tradition.
Starting in May, a few students gain hands-on experience planting and caring for the poinsettias, preparing them for their future home. Each year, multiple varieties of poinsettias are cultivated in the greenhouses near the Poly Plant Shop. Varieties range everywhere from “Christmas Feeling Red” to “Winter Rose White” and (as seen below) a peachy-tan “Autumn Leaf.” Prices start at $5 for a 4-inch pot. The plants make wonderful gifts for friends and family.
On-campus organizations even participate! Cindi Jenkins with the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT), orders poinsettias every year for their winter faculty breakfast.
“I love them,” Jenkins said. “Every year we order some for the last day of finals week, and people love to take them home after the event!”
In addition to poinsettias, the shop is selling more than 2,000 plants, gorgeous centerpiece accessories, and even succulent wreaths. They also have hot beverages and goodies, so don’t miss out on this amazing sale and support student learning!