Holiday Courtyard Display
December 1, 2012 - January 1, 2013
Holidays are a special time to come to the Gardner, where the festive courtyard, featuring dark forest greens and shades of red and silver, adds to the excitement of the season. This holiday tradition showcases holly topiaries, dark red poinsettias, and silver Artemisia around the courtyard mosaic. Bright red berries of Pyracantha and the winter blooms of amaryllis brighten winter shadows.
Poinsettias came to the US from Mexico when Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first US Ambassador to Mexico, sent them to his greenhouse in South Carolina in 1828. The first commercial grower was Colonel Robert Carr, owner of Bartram Nursery in Philadelphia, who exhibited them in 1829 at the Philadelphia Horticulture Society. Mass production was initialed around 1920 by a California horticulturalist Paul Ecke, who marketed them as a Christmas flower.