New Hanover County Arboretum and Cooperative Extension Holiday Offerings: Poinsettia and Live Wreaths

Posted November 8, 2019 at 11:20 am     Category: Arboretum & NCSU Extension Service
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New Hanover County Arboretum and Cooperative Extension offer annual holiday sales
Poinsettias and live wreaths bring the holiday spirit to homes

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County Arboretum and Cooperative Extension are offering annual holiday sales to support local programs and jump start the holiday season.

Holiday Poinsettia Sale December 7 will benefit the Ability Garden

The New Hanover County Ability Garden’s annual Holiday Poinsettia Sale will take place at the New Hanover County Arboretum on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Red, pink and white poinsettias, as well as houseplants, herbs and succulents, grown by Ability Garden participants will be for sale.

“These plants make unique teacher, host and friendship gifts, and they are grown by our participants who are living with various disabilities,” said Ability Garden Director Heather Kelejian. “Participants attend sessions with the Ability Garden to help them reach their personal goals and this plant sale is an empowering way for them to show the work they have accomplished. All proceeds from the sale go back into the community, giving the Ability Garden the opportunity to bring people and plants together.”

The Poinsettia Sale on December 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be held at the Ability Garden Greenhouse, located at 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington. In addition to the plant sale that day, the Arboretum Gift Shop will be open and we will feature jewelry by SaraGraceDesigner and crafts from Special Pedals.


8th Annual Wreath Sale supports local 4-H programs; Orders taken through Nov. 18

The New Hanover County 4-H program is holding the 8th Annual 4-H Wreath Sale now through November 18, with a goal of selling 300 wreaths to support 4-H youth development programs in the community. Mini (8”), Standard (20”) and Deluxe (30”) sized door wreaths are available for purchase and prices range from $15 to $40.

“We’re delighted to expand our offerings this year with the addition of the mini and deluxe sized wreaths,” said J. Scott Enroughty, New Hanover County 4-H Agent. “We hope to broaden our customer base and hit our goal of 300 sales to support our programs over the next year.”

In 2018, with the help of more than 200 volunteers, New Hanover County 4-H reached 3,200 students through clubs, camps, school enrichment and special interest programs. These programs focus on a variety of topics and support positive relationships, inclusivity, hands-on learning and service to others.

“I think people start getting into the holiday spirit when ordering their wreaths,” said Michael Erickson, New Hanover County 4-H Teen Leads President and student at Topsail High School. “The fresh fragrance of the wreath and knowing you’ve helped our local programs are bonuses!”

Wreaths are handmade from the boughs of North Carolina grown Fraser Fir trees on the Brookgreen Family Farm in Ashe County. Order forms can be found on the New Hanover County 4-H website and pre-orders will be taken until November 18. Wreaths will be available for pick-up Monday, November 25 from 3 to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension Office at the Arboretum at 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.

For more information about 4-H and the annual wreath sale, visit the 4-H website or call J. Scott Enroughty at 910-798-7669.

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About the Ability Garden

The Ability Garden, founded in 1999 as a Friends of the Arboretum program, features garden-based programs for people with disabilities. Therapeutic gardening helps people improve mobility, motor skills, cognitive functions and overall health, and clients experience the joy of successful gardening and working with others in a structured and safe environment. The Ability Garden features a fully accessible, hands-on teaching garden, a year-round greenhouse, raised growing beds, classrooms, mobile furniture and gardening tools. Workshops and consultation are available. Contact the Ability Garden at 910-798-7660 or at info@abilitygarden.org.

About New Hanover County 4-H

New Hanover County 4-H is delivered through North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension and offers long-term involvement and focus on a variety of topics for young people ages 5-18. Educational, youth development and empowerment programming primarily focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering & math), healthy living and leadership is offered through after school programs, classroom programs and summer enrichment programs at low or no cost to families. In 2018, with the help of more than 200 volunteers, New Hanover County 4-H reached 3,200 students through clubs, camps, and special interest programs. Contact Cooperative Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, J. Scott Enroughty at senroughty@nhcgov.com or 910-798-7669.

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