George’s Nursery in Latham is Pimpin’ Out Poinsettias This Holiday Season

Today's poinsettia grower may find all the traditional colors packed with some untraditional surprises like blue! (For Rebecca Finneran MSU column)
Are you looking to add some holiday cheer to your cubicle? How about brightening up that sad, empty little corner in your apartment? Even better — what if I told you there was an alternative gift to that boring bottle of wine you bring to holiday parties?

Behold: The Unicorn Poinsettia

Now that’s a plant (flower?) of a different color. While sometimes the Capital Region feels like its own corner of Oz, I didn’t have to follow the Yellow Brick Road to find these gems; I like to think they found me.

“Blue Christmas,” anyone? Eat your heart out, HGTV, because

these leaves are what holiday foliage dreams are made of.
Forget the Christmas Tree, bring some of this bling to a holiday party and that’s what everyone will be rockin’ aroun. In a field of poppy-colored traditional, same ol’ same ol’ poinsettias, be a unicorn. That’s the root of the message here, and these particular seeds really pop, flaunting jewel-toned petals coated with festive glitter, and seem to be as rare and elusive as the mythical one-horned creature itself, because I’ve only seen them sprout up around the holidays atGeorge’s Market & Nurseryin Latham, NY.
2BD - Poinsettias_Georges greenhouse
I found George’s a few years ago when I first started commuting to Troy from Schenectady for a job. Refusing to take the always congested and red light-littered Route 7, I was more than okay with tacking on a couple extra minutes to my commute and opted for the, “pretty way,” taking River Road as it winds east along the Mohawk River and then onto The Emerald City, I mean Troy.
It was on my way to see the Wizard one day that I spied George’s Nursery, and finally stopped on in. Now, I didn’t begin my quest for rainbow poinsettias on purpose. No. Actually, I was looking for a little green, for Lila, my car.
So look, Baby, it’s cold outside, and sometimes it takes a little more than mistletoe to make your days merry and bright. Therefore, I highly encourage you to take a sleigh ride over to George’s Nursery to get your Jingle Bell Rock on, remove the Bah Humbug from your vocabulary, purge your inner Scrooge, embrace your inner Clark Griswold, and bring your holiday decorating skills to the next level!

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