Celebrate with CAFNR

Let CAFNR help you decorate for the holiday season

Freshly painted poinsettias wait in the greenhouse to be transported to Tiger Garden. Blue is the biggest seller, after tiger paw.

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources offers a variety of specialty holiday decorating items – all benefitting student groups and student learning opportunities.

Tiger Garden, CAFNR’s student-run florist, offers holiday decorating services, wreaths, garlands, trees, fresh centerpieces and, of course their most popular item, poinsettias. They charge $30/hour for decorating. Their wreaths, garlands and trees are individually priced in shop. Fresh centerpieces will be made to order. Poinsettias are $12.95 for traditional, $14.95 for dazzling and $16.95 for tiger paw.

The tiger paw poinsettias are a Tiger Garden original, and are even spotlighted in this month’s Rural Missouri magazine. Michelle Brooks, coordinator of greenhouse facilities for plant sciences, attended a conference a few years ago where a poinsettia-decorating demonstration inspired the “dazzling” (painted) poinsettias. After failed attempts at a tiger stripe poinsettia, tiger paw arrangements were born, and have been a favorite since.

Freshman Adam Mefrakis paints tiger paws on a white poinsettia that has been painted gold. In the background, sophomore Hilary Sears applies glue and shimmer to red poinsettias. Sears and Mefrakis are both plant sciences students. Freshman Adam Mefrakis paints tiger paws on a white poinsettia that has been painted gold. In the background, sophomore Hilary Sears applies glue and shimmer to red poinsettias. Sears and Mefrakis are both plant sciences students.

SAIFD, MU’s student chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers, is selling wreaths this holiday season. Their catalog can be found here.

“”The MU Forestry Club is holding their annual Christmas tree sale. They are selling Scotch pine trees from their student-run Christmas tree farm for $5/ft. Balsam firs will be sold at $7/ft., and wreaths will also be available for purchase. They deliver locally for a flat rate of $5. Visit them in their new location in the Reactor Parking Lot off of Providence Road, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, and Dec. 7-9. (Fridays, 4-8 p.m., Saturdays/Sundays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.) All proceeds go to the University of Missouri Forestry Club to fund the Timbersports team and various other club activities.

The MU Horticulture Club’s annual poinsettia sale will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, and Thursday, Dec. 6, in the lobby of the Anheuser Busch Natural Resources building. Sale hours will be 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. They will have a wide variety of sizes and colors available. Prices start at $3 for the smaller plants.