What's in Store?

Come into our beautiful flower shop located in the impressive Atrium building in downtown Victoria.  

Our shop offers a large selection of local, seasonal cut flowers, as well as a whole cooler devoted to tropical flowers. We also carry a fabulous selection of tropical plants, orchid plants, air plants, wall planters, and a wonderful assortment of pottery and vases.  We make most of our bouquets and arrangements custom to order, so come in and let one of our experienced designers create something special just for you.

You can also order online , contact us by email flowers@poppiesfloralart.com  and Call us 250-383-0743 or 1-800-836-9666 and we’ll arrange for quick delivery anywhere in Greater Victoria.

About Our Family Run Business


The owners: mother-daughter team of Mary-Jane Posno and Andrea Posno-Walker.

Mary-Jane has more than thirty-five years in the flower industry, and Andrea is a third generation florist with over 30 years experience. Together they bring over 60 years of combined experience in the floral business!

Andrea and Mary-Jane both worked in a family flower business in London, Ontario until moving to Victoria in 2006 and opening their own store. They purchased The Island Florist which was established in Victoria in 1957, owned and operated by Norma Fitzsimmons until the late 70’s. It changed hands a few times after that, but remained a fixture on the 700 block of Yates St. for over 50 years. Norma is now a good friend of the ladies at Poppies, and is still actively designing for charities and private events even though she is now in her 90’s.

Mary-Jane and Andrea changed the name to Poppies, The Island Florist. Then in 2011, the building that was home to the flower shop was being torn down to make way for a modern high-rise. Poppies had to move, and the new and architecturally stunning Atrium building on the corner, just half a block up, became their new home.  Again, to suit their new surroundings, and the direction that they wanted to take their design and their branding, the shop became Poppies Floral Art.

Poppies is now well known for our artistic floral design.  We are honoured to have been awarded “Best in the City” awards multiple times!

Our very talented and creative staff:

  • Nicole Portmann
  • Erin McWillis
  • Kat Gordon
  • Jillian Player
  • Sheena Ross
  • Erin McKenzie
  • Rachel Walker
  • Rilla Ballentyne
  • Shirley Sukkel

Our Community

Our advertising strategy has always been from a win win perspective. We do this by supporting local charity initiatives by providing flowers for fundraising events including flowers for decor,  door prizes, silent auctions, and acknowledgement gifts.

  • Music by the Sea
  • Pacific Salmon Foundation
  • Victoria Leadership Awards
  • University 101
  • Sierra Club of BC Foundation
  • Every Step Counts (Kool-Aid Society)
  • Alchemy Foundation (Breast Cancer)
  • Chair-ity (Luxe)
  • Ballet Victoria
  • Creatively United For The Planet
  • Colour Your Palate
  • Iyengar Yoga
  • BC Children’s Hospital (Scotia Bank)
  • Community Services Networking Fair
  • Kidney Foundation
  • Victoria Conservatory of Music
  • Canadian Diabetes Association
  • Arts Reach
  • MS Society (Delta Kappa Epsilon)
  • UVic Student Music Educators’ Association
  • The Land Trust Alliance of BC
  • Camosun Collage Bursary (BC HRMA)
  • Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary
  • Spinal Cord Injury Group Society
  • Cops For Cancer
  • Victoria Hospitals Foundation

 

Poppies is striving every day to find ways to be more environmentally responsible.
  • We source out BC growers wherever possible, and support local island wholesalers.
  • Through the facilities provided in the Atrium, we are able to compost all of our organic waste, recycle soft and hard plastics as well as cellophane and Styrofoam.
  • We buy reusable vases and containers that recipients will want to keep. NO plastic dishes.
  • We offer a “vase for credit” option, so that if you don’t want to keep your vase or ceramic container, you can return it for a credit towards your next purchase.
  • We use recycled/ recyclable paper to wrap our bouquets. We have reduced our cellophane use by 90%.
  • We happily take back gerbera straws, water picks and cardettes to wash and reuse.