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Holiday poinsettia sale to benefit Kansas State University Gardens

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 


MANHATTAN — The annual Kansas State University Gardens holiday poinsettia and amaryllis sale in November and December will not only brighten homes and dinner tables this season, but also support student worker assistants and other garden operations.

The fundraising sale is organized by the Friends of the K-State Gardens, said coordinator Anne de Noble, a member of the group's board of directors. Sales are noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the gardens' Quinlan Visitor Center, 1500 Denison Ave., Manhattan; as well as noon to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 4, also at the visitor center.

Amaryllis plants, grown from bulbs originating in the tropics, are forced in the greenhouse to bloom during the holidays. They can be saved after blooming, dried and stored in a cool location and replanted outdoors after the threat of frost in the spring, de Noble said.

The poinsettia plants are in peach, white, pink and speckled varieties along with the traditional red varieties.

Kansas State University horticulture students in the Greenhouse Operations Management class grew the poinsettias in the teaching space of the Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center greenhouses on campus as a hands-on lab project.

The plants are $10 each or six for $50. Cash or checks are accepted only.

Volunteers with the Friends of the K-State Gardens organization will staff the sale dates.

Written by

Tim Lindemuth

At a glance

The annual holiday poinsettia and amaryllis sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Kansas State University Gardens as a fundraiser for the gardens, will be noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 20 and noon to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 4 at the Quinlan Visitor Center, 1500 Denison Ave., Manhattan.