The greenhouse on the Department of Health and Human Services’ New Castle County campus will start selling a variety of poinsettias Monday, Nov. 29.
They will be available in red, white, pink and multiple specialty colors, including hot pink and cinnamon.
Proceeds from the sale of the nearly 3,500 poinsettias grown this season will help support West End youth programs. DHSS has an agreement with West End Neighborhood House in Wilmington to operate the greenhouse and gardens on the Herman Holloway Campus.
Bright Spot Urban Farm provides paid training in agriculture and horticulture for high school students with the objective to heal and empower young people by rooting farming in an ethic of community service.
“Training focuses on agriculture, horticulture and landscaping,” said Ruth Arias, program director at Bright Spot. “A selection of the youth participates in leadership training. The training consists of weekly classes focusing on public speaking, team-building, food insecurity, botany and other topics that will build them up to become future leaders of the program. The youth’s work has supported growing produce this year for over 110 families.”
Students participate in one or more three-month sessions during which they learn about different aspects of production, marketing, and sales in addition to conflict resolution, problem-solving and public speaking. Students selected to continue for a second year receive leadership training and coach and mentor new students in the program.
The greenhouse is on the Herman Holloway Campus, 1901 N. DuPont Highway (U.S. 13) and is open to the public. Follow the signs for the greenhouse.
The greenhouse hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The greenhouse will be closed on Sundays. Bright Spot accepts cash, check or credit card.
The 6.5-inch pots are $9.50 each or $10 for specialty colors, including Viking Cinnamon, Winter Rose Dark Red, Prestige Maroon, Superba Glitter, Golden Glo, Alpha White and Hot Pink.
Plants in the 8.5-inch pots come in red, white and a mix of red and white, and cost $30 each.
There is also a smaller 4.5-inch pot (table-top size) for $4.50 each. It comes in red, white, Golden Glo, Cinnamon, Princettia Hot Pink, Princettia Pink and Pure White.
Gift tags are also available to purchase for $1 each.
The sale will run through Dec. 22.
The prices include a foil wrap on the pot. Delivery is a flat fee of $9 within a 20-mile radius of the greenhouse, no matter how many plants. Orders can be made online using the order form at brightspotfarms.org/shopholidays.
For more information, call 302-255-2993.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience.
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