Posted on December 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM
Wednesday, Dec 12 at 11:31 AM
PHOENIX -- After 27 years, the organizers of the annual Poinsettia Festival at Gardener's World in Phoenix say this year's festival was the last.
Kari Peterson, the daughter of Gardener's World owners Gary and Sharon Peterson, says it was a personal and financial decision for the family. They were sorry to have to tell festival fans that Sunday was the event's last day.
Peterson says that it was definitely a lot of work when it came to getting ready for the festival. Organizers would start planting the festive plants in August. They'd care for an estimated 20,000 plants, having them ready for the festival by December.
Every year, hundreds of Phoenix area residents would attend the festival. Some even made going an annual tradition.
The festival offered a variety of poinsettia plants in a rainbow of colors. Some visitors would also attend the festival to have their holiday photos taken among the colorful plants.
"It's well worth it to drive this far and get something this beautiful," said Caroline Bissell of North Scottsdale, holding up one of the plants she had selected.
Even though the festival won't be taking place every December, Gardener's World says they'll still grow some of the plants. That way, folks will still be able to get their holiday decor of poinsettias.