Sunday, December 11, 2011

Poinsettia Day


Drayton Hall-Charleston, South Carolina

Congress declared December 12th, Poinsettia Day.  It marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American botanist, physician, cofounder of the National Institute for the Promotion of Science and Useful Arts (a predecessor of the Smithsonian) and Minister to Mexico who in 1828 sent cuttings of the plant he discovered in Mexico to his home in Charleston, South Carolina.  By 1836, the plant was widely known as the "poinsettia."

Joel Roberts Poinsett

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The December meeting of the Spring Beauty Garden Club was held in the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, allowing us room to assemble fruit baskets for the patrons of a local senior citizen center.  The hostesses decorated the fellowship hall with fresh greens and of course, poinsettias.  A festive venue for our service project. 

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