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As this final week of November rolls around, it’s easy, as a writer, to stoop to certain cliched lows. For example, I could command you to brace yourselves, for winter is coming. I could try to work in how I’m really thankful for this or that, or could actually pretend that for once I’m about to talk about football.

Heaven forbid I make a feast of terrible puns; no, friends, I’m not that kind of turkey. This column, I promise, will remain strictly on point. Sinterklaas, the fifth and sixth of December, dear friends, will soon arrive, so are you ready to follow the example of your respective patron chain stores and fill up that house of yours with all the Christmas it can possibly contain?

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That was a trick question, of course, as if you had been following them you’d already be knee-deep in mistletoe and corny hits. But never fear, the Poly Plant Shop Holiday Open House takes place on the aforementioned fifth and sixth, and from then through mid-December you can purchase one of more than 2,800 poinsettia plants, available in more than 30 varieties and colors. See, you thought it was just the traditional red ones here. But in fact, there are actually novelty colors as well—pink, orange, marble, heck, even speckled! These will perfectly complement the pink aluminum Christmas tree your family bought to show that round-headed kid down the street your vastly superior comprehension of the true meaning of Christmas.

And of course, more importantly, you’re showing your support for the students of agriculture, who have grown the beautiful, unique plants themselves. These students, who will be on hand to advise adopters of these poinsettias on these purchases, and hail from Cal Poly’s Poinsettia Agriculture Enterprise Project, which begins each spring. The Poly Plant Shop can be found in Building 48 on Via Carta Road, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. During the open house, a colorful poinsettia backdrop will be set up for the purpose of holiday photos. So hop on down to get glimpses of some mighty fine plants, folks. They’re gonna be anywhere from small plants in pots of four inches to poinsettias towering above at a mighty four feet high. Similarly, the wide variance in poinsettia types, shapes, and sizes can mean that prices will range anywhere from $5 to $55, depending on the plant.


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