Each time I receive an invitation to a Bachman’s event I want to say yes. Whether it’s touring the dreamy Idea House or visiting the greenhouse, I’m game.

Poinsettia Media Day is no exception. For one thing, a trip to a greenhouse in November does wonders for my sun-loving spirit. The visual appeal of the massive display of color is stunning and awes me each time I’m lucky enough to visit.

The poinsettia was introduced to the United States by Joel Roberts Poinsett back in 1835. Today, poinsettias are the best-selling potted plant in the United States and Canada. Bachman’s alone grows 60,000 each year. They started growing them in 1931 and is now considered one of the best growers in the country.

Tried and True

Like just about everything, there are countless choices. A palette of reds, pinks, purples, blues, and whites are available. However, even with all of those beautiful choices 70% of the poinsettias that Bachman’s sells are the classic red. It seems a bit like vanilla being the most popular flavor of ice cream, something about the tried and true that keeps people loyal. If you’re more adventurous their fantasy poinsettias are sure to delight. Each year they paint and add sparkle to 5,000 or so plants to create statement centerpieces.

At the media day I was invited to paint my own and let me tell you, it is overwhelming to have so much glitter at my disposal. I opted to go for a warm orange shade this year and gold glitter. Maybe because I was in a Thanksgiving mood or perhaps just because I like to be different. I think red with silver glitter is probably my favorite, but this spicy little number gracing my dining room table is lovely and unexpected.


If you’re looking for a hostess gift this season, consider giving a poinsettia. I personally, love hostess gifts that are consumables or plants/flowers. Bachman’s offers plants from two inch minis to four foot trees, so there’s something for everyone.

Thanks for Mr. Poinsett and Bachman’s for these beauties and thanks to Bachman’s for brightening my winter.