BROOKFIELD – It’ll be a sea of red, white and pink walking through the greenhouses in Brookfield later this month.
Forest Glen Greenhouses Ltd., on the Brentwood Road, is opening its doors to the public Nov. 24 to 26 for their ninth annual Poinsettia Open House.
“The poinsettia is the traditional Christmas flower, and this weekend does symbolize the start of the Christmas season for me,” said Judy Thompson, who runs the business with her daughter, Megan Thompson Whidden.
“It’s the holidays, family,” Thompson Whidden added.
“Even if you don’t have a Christmas tree, if you have a poinsettia it makes it feel like Christmas,” said Thompson.
This year, the open house has extended hours on Saturday, giving more people a chance to stop by.
“Last year, Saturday was crazy busy and it started to get a little congested, so this just gives people more room to wander through,” said Thompson.
Close to 3,000 people visited the open house last year, and with about 100,000 poinsettias in the greenhouse this year, that number is expected to be around the same.
Again this year, visitors will have a chance to see about 35 decorated themed trees, including the poinsettia tree the business always does.
“It’s hard to come up with something different every year,” Thompson said about the tree themes.
While Thompson decorates the majority herself, each staff member decorates one of their own.
Two trees will be raffled off this year in support of the local sportsplex and daycare, and the Lupus Society.
“We try to support two charities – one community-inspired and one a little more general,” the businesswoman explained. “We get people coming from New Brunswick and all parts of Nova Scotia, so it’s nice to have one that others can relate to as well.”
Visitors to the open house on Nov. 25, between 1 and 4:30 p.m., will have a chance to listen to the Baptist Girls’ Choir, which was also on hand last year. A seating area will be set up to enjoy the performance, which Thompson says is the choir’s way of giving back to the greenhouse for hosting fundraisers for them.
Also on site this year, visitors will have the opportunity to have a homemade treat and cup of hot cider. Brookfield Bakery will have treats for sale, and Annette Parker will also be on hand selling sweets and preserves. Rustic Roots will have a live greenery display.
With eight years of poinsettia open houses until their belts, Thompson and her daughter don’t see it stopping anytime soon.
“People tell us this is the start of their Christmas,” Thompson said. “When we hear how happy it makes people, and often hear of the effort people make to get here, it makes it all worthwhile.”
“We’ve even been contemplating open houses in other seasons as well,” added Thompson Whidden.
The open house will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24 and 26, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at 664 Brentwood Rd., Brookfield. There will be three sizes available – 4.5-inch, 7-inch, and 9-inch. Payment only by cash.