Charles L. Hutson Greenhouse to Host Poinsettia Open House

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 23, 2005 – The Charles L. Hutson Agricultural Greenhouse at Southeast Missouri State University will host an open house Monday, Nov. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m., featuring new varieties of poinsettias.

Ninety-seven different varieties of poinsettia plants will be displayed and available for sale, and refreshments will be served.  According to Denise Lankford-Pingel, campus horticulturist, the 97 varieties have come from the top four breeders in the United States.

“Part of the training our students get in the horticulture program is through working here at the greenhouse,” Lankford-Pingel said.  “The money we raise through the sales of our plants goes back into our account so we can continue to educate the students here, with the biggest thing being that they can work with different varieties of plants.  The experience is very important for those who want to work in the horticulture field.”

Southeast Missouri State University’s horticulture program appeals to students interested in greenhouse management, landscape planting and design, turfgrass, and the burgeoning bio-engineering field.

The greenhouse will also have house plants available for sale at the open house.

Hours of operation for the greenhouse from Nov. 28 through Dec. 23 are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.  The greenhouse will be open on Christmas Eve until noon.  It is located at the intersection of Bertling and Old Sprigg Streets.