Poinsettia Show and Auction launches the holiday season at Louisiana Tech
The colors of the season will be brighter than ever as the department of agricultural sciences at Louisiana Tech University holds its annual Poinsettia Show and Auction at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at Squire Creek Country Club.
A varied collection of poinsettias of all shapes and colors will be available at the auction, with proceeds going to the department of agricultural science’s scholarship fund.
“We have the usual shapes and colors,” said Dr. Gary Kennedy, head of Tech’s agricultural sciences department. “We have a special piece included this year. Former Tech Vice President Virgil Orr is known for his work with stained glass and we’ll have a piece for auction he’s working on that is a poinsettia and Bulldog together.
“The best thing about all of it is that the auction is for a great cause. Last year, we gave away $46,000 in scholarships, and $15,000 of that came from money raised from the Poinsettia Show and Auction. So this is a very important event for us and it’s also a great way to start the Christmas season.”
Kennedy said he’s seen something special about this year’s poinsettia crop.
“We have a very robust crop this year and they are have colored up better than ever,” Kennedy said. “Poinsettias need darkness to color up good and sometimes that’s hard to make happen even trying to black out the rooms they’re in and that kind of thing. But all the cloudy weather we’ve had has really made the colors ‘pop.’ They’ll be perfect – bright and vibrant – by the time the auction rolls around. We have some other special things planned, so we hope everyone comes out to the auction and gets into the Christmas spirit by adding a little holiday color to their lives.”
Kennedy said 32 poinsettia lots will be sold at the auction, each being different with some lots consisting of a single large plant while others being a combination of different varieties.
“The plants we have up for auction are our cream of the crop,” Kennedy said. “They’re the biggest and best plants we have and will brighten up any home.”
Tickets are $10 for an individual and $60 for a table of six. They are available at Community Trust Bank and at the Marbury Alumni Center. A reception will start off the auction at 6:30 p.m. with the actual auction itself beginning at 7 p.m.“The day after the auction the poinsettia plants will go on sale during normal hours at the Tech Farm Sales Room,” Kennedy said. “So there will be plenty of chances to purchase poinsettias this season.” Written by T. Scott Boatright – firstname.lastname@example.org