Brigantine Garden Club

Start your Black Friday shopping right here in Brigantine with the Garden Club poinsettia sale. The actual day of the sale is Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5-8 p.m. at the Brigantine library. The second day of the sale is Saturday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m.-noon at the library. However, if you place your orders early, you get a discounted price, and who doesn't love a good sale!

If you pay in advance, 4-inch plants are $4, 6-inch plants are $7, 8-inch plants are $16.50, and 10-inch plants are $26.50. Send a check made out to Brigantine Garden Club to P.O. Box 53, Brigantine, NJ 08203. You can also call our voice mail, and I will call you back with a check drop-off location at a member's home. Please indicate your color choice of red, pink, marble, or ivory.

Now let me explain that our voicemail has been having some issues that Verizon is trying to remedy. If you have been getting an error message, please accept our apologies for issues beyond our control. Hopefully, they will be resolved before this column goes to print.

Call 609-266-3685. You can also email your order to brigantinegardenclub@aol.com. A third alternative is to leave a message on Facebook.

If you wait until the day of the sale, prices will be slightly higher. Four-inch plants are $5, 6-inch plants are $8, 8-inch plants are $18, and 10-inch plants are $28.

Your purchase will help our club with our many beautiful gardens throughout the island as well as our many projects. Buy for yourself or someone on your shopping list: a teacher, the Avon lady, grandmom, a Girl or Boy Scout leader, a neighbor, your BFF, or whoever else would appreciate a blooming beauty.

According to whychristmas.com, poinsettias are native to Central America, especially the area of southern Mexico known as Taxco del Alarcon, where they flower in winter. The ancient Aztecs called them "cuetlaxochitl" and had many uses for them. The flowers – which are actually leaves known as bracts rather than true flowers – were used to make a purple dye for clothes and cosmetics, and the milky white sap was made into a medicine used to treat fevers. 

Santa has already placed his order for poinsettias for the North Pole and Mrs. Claus and a few folks on the Nice List. Don't take a chance of getting left out; place your order today! Thanks for keeping Brigantine blooming throughout the Christmas season.

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