Decking the Halls: A glimpse into a Louisiana’s festive poinsettias nurseries

As the holiday season unfolds, the vibrant hues of poinsettias grace homes, offices, and festive displays. Join us at Clegg’s Nursery in Baton Rouge and Denham Springs, where the magic of Christmas blossoms amidst rows of carefully nurtured poinsettias.

In the heart of Baton Rouge and Denham Springs, the festive season comes alive with the vibrant colors and enchanting charm of poinsettias at Clegg’s Nursery. As the holidays approach, the nursery, co-owned by Scott Ricca, undergoes a meticulous transformation, cultivating not only plants but the magical ambiance that defines Christmas.

Elena Fennel, a greenhouse grower alongside her husband Ron, reveals the intricate process behind the scenes. Cultivating over 10,000 poinsettias each year, they curate a stunning collection of approximately 45 varieties that captivate visitors. From traditional Prestige Red to unique options like Autumn Leaves, the nursery becomes a canvas of holiday splendor.

At Clegg’s Nursery, the array of poinsettias is a testament to the diversity of this iconic Christmas plant. Classic reds, innovative varieties like Red Glitter, and the charming Princettia Red, which blooms earlier, offer a feast for the eyes. The nursery not only provides a visual spectacle but also serves as a hub for practical tips and guidance on creating festive displays.

Beyond the festive aesthetics, there’s a fascinating tale of the poinsettia’s origins. Originating in Mexico, this holiday favorite is not a temporary guest but a perennial shrub that can grow ten to fifteen feet tall. Explore the cultural roots of this iconic plant, tracing its journey from Mexico to becoming a symbol of Christmas celebrations worldwide.


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