Joelina Verducci has just started her Christmas shopping.
Her goal is to transform her River Islands home and garden into a colorful winter wonderland. Her haul from her second trip to Park Greenhouse in Ripon was a delicate pink poinsettia and a trio of mumsettias.
The plants are now on sale at the wholesale nursery on West Ripon Road.
Founded back in the 1950s, the garden center is the perfect destination for poinsettias, primarily for the wide variety of choices it offers to those who are sticklers to traditional Christmas decorating.
The old favorites — red and white varieties remain popular. But fast catching up are the more unusual conversation pieces thanks is to their eye-arching colors and textures.
Falling under those categories are the Picasso, the Ice Crystals, and Marble which are among the popular ones. For those with even fancier visual tastes, there are the purple and blue poinsettias with glittering flashy sparkles that look like diamonds under the sun.
There’s still plenty of time to bring home these traditional Christmas season decors. The Garden Center is open Monday to Saturday (closed on Sunday) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It’s located at 12813 West Ripon Road just outside the Ripon city limits.
Verducci said she’ll definitely be coming back to pick more poinsettias.