Schaefer’s celebrates season with November open house

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Christmas … here we come!

Poinsettias have been a specialty crop at Schaefer’s in Montgomery for five generations. Production begins with the arrival of 200,000 cuttings in June. The cuttings are rooted and nurtured in the greenhouses. Eighty percent are shipped as rooted cuttings to other poinsettia growers. The remainder are finished off and sold wholesale to fundraisers, flower shops, and garden centers including Schaefer’s retail flower shop and garden center.

The greenhouses are a breathtaking vision at Christmas time. Imagine 35,000 thousand pots of vibrant poinsettias — each boasting multiple large blooms. The rich red, burgundy, white, and pink shades — illuminated by the bright sunshine pouring through the glass — create a glowing quilt of color inside the 200,000-square-foot greenhouse facility.

Schaefer’s Greenhouses celebrates this traditional Christmas flower in all its beauty, with a holiday open house Nov. 24 and Nov 25. This annual event is always the Saturday and Sunday following Thanksgiving. In addition to spotlighting their home-grown poinsettias, it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase festive fresh flowers, Christmas trees, gifts and décor. Displays of fresh evergreen pots, wreaths, trees and garlands fill the air with their wonderful fragrance.

Gourmet tastings, weekend specials, and door prizes, lure in the customers… but the biggest draw of all is Santa! Santa and Mrs. Claus are greeted each year by a crowd of families — each one anxious to sit on Santa’s lap for a holiday photo. This special duo has created a special bond with Schaefer customers over the years. The beautiful poinsettia backdrop and festive atmosphere cannot be duplicated at the mall — it is a Schaefer exclusive. Free photos are taken, printed and displayed for pickup the following week.

The holiday open house is also a great way to connect with the local community. For many, it’s the start of the Christmas season. Each visiting family goes home with a little more happiness and holiday spirit — plus the gift of a cheery single bloom poinsettia and a beautiful Schaefer’s wall calendar.

Customers can reference seasonal event information online at www.schaefergreenhouses.com and on Schaefer’s Facebook page.

Provided by Schaefer Greenhouses