VGHA's Poinsettias For Patients program will return September 2017....stay tuned.
2017 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.
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 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.”
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. See the growth on the poinsettia cam on our website www.vgha.ca. 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.