Fresh Flower Program

Members of the Fresh Flower Program place flowers throughout the public areas of the hospital as well as in all new in-patients' rooms.

The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Fresh Flower Program

Established as a committee in 1977, the Fresh Flower Program was the creation of late Society Administrative Board member Judith Garden. She was inspired by history's most celebrated nurse, Florence Nightingale, who wrote, "I shall never forget the rapture of fever patients over a bunch of brightly colored flowers. I remember (in my own case) a nosegay of wild flowers being sent to me, and from that moment recovery becoming more rapid." The Fresh Flower program was conceived in the belief that flowers are not only objects of beauty, but can act as agents of healing. 

Today, powered by a faithful roster of volunteers, every week Committee members place fresh seasonal flowers throughout Memorial Hospital. In addition, all new inpatients receive a welcoming flower at their bedside. The Committee also conducts a popular weekly flower arranging class for patients in the Adult Recreation area. 

In September 2011, The Fresh Flower Program was the subject of a full page article in the New York Daily News.

It was also featured in the Fall 2008 edition of Flower Magazine