Poinsettias For Patients

Poinsettias For Patients

Poinsettias for Patients campaign works for everyone.  The hospital gets some valued equipment; the Auxiliary makes the money to do it; and you get fantastic plants for Christmas.

Top quality

The Poinsettias For Patients plants have their own special place in the greenhouse and the best plants.  A ten-inch pot doesn’t sound so big, but the plants in it are three feet high and three feet around and they last for months and months.  “I’m the most satisfied customer  of all,”  says Auxiliary Past President Val Smith.  “The biggest problem is fitting it into our Miata.  The big one can stand alone in the centre of a hall table in a palace, or on  top of a bookshelf, or on the floor in front of the fireplace.”  So we have delivery by Incredible Closets for only $10 .  See our newest items -- the little Norfolk Pine and our FrontLine Santa to thank our essential hospital workers.

Island grown

Hilltop Greenhouses grows thousands of holiday plants right here in Victoria.
Poinsettias take about six months; the cuttings arrive from all those warm countries mid-summer.
Shoppers are urged to buy local, encouraged by the locavore movement.  Here’s an opportunity to shop for locally produced holiday plants.  The Greenhouses have been here for  over three decades, supplying florists and big box stores.  They grow the Poinsettias For Patients plants specially for us.  You can also place your orders on the same site.

Safe for all

Worried about your pets and kids?  “Despite urban legends, poinsettia plants are not deadly poisonous as many people believe” said Edward Krenzelok, PharmD, director at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  He along with most of the internet say that poisoning is far-fetched.  Our cat-lover, Howard, says that no self-respecting cat would ever try one, let alone eat enough to get to that gooey white sap.


This year the hospital Auxiliary will create a special waiting room in Emergency call The Kid Kave.  In the past, with the help of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, the Vic General Auxiliary has purchased a $7,500 blanket warmer for our babies, an $11,000 stretcher for Emergency, a $7,000 treadmill for Neuro Rehab, Biliblankets and a Bilirubin meter for jaundiced premies, improved the room in the ambulatory lab for children with Virtual Reality, a mobile, and a mural painted by local artists. The way we paid for them is by selling Christmas plants.

Do you want to know how to take care of your new poinsettia?  Then you need to understand where they come from.