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Anna Waclawiczek

Anna Waclawiczek

Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR)

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Pink Poinsettia

DAR’s Bonita Oehlke suggests buying local plants and flowers make for great holiday gifts and support local businesses!

From old-time favorites to new colorful varieties, flowering plants and greens can be found at nurseries and farm stands throughout the Commonwealth. Boxwood roping, pre-planted paperwhites and hyacinths, poinsettias and cyclamen plants are among the multitude of choices.

Or how about a gift of landscape design, offered by many garden centers? Buying locally grown plants and ornamental decorations has never been easier using our Mass Grown & Fresher agri-Google Map. You and your family can enjoy a wonderful and fragrant weekend hanging local greens on doors, window sills, and front yard fences.

This holiday season coincides with the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association’s (MNLA) 100 year anniversary. DAR’s longstanding partnership with MNLA has been instrumental in the fight against Asian Longhorn beetles, invasive plants and diseases, as well as maintaining environmentally sustainable industry standards. Congratulations MNLA and Go Local for the Holidays!

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