Au Nom de la Rose has managed to make roses a part of our daily lives, rather than saving them for special occasions – it’s as if you were living in Paris. At their two locations (in C/Ganduxer, 26, and C/Valencia, 203) you can get anything from a single rose to sophisticated bouquets, like the aromatic roses of Kenya or the roses of Piaget. They also sell jams and sweets with a rose fragrance and scented candles.
Flowers, while beautiful on their own, can also be an art form, and at Dadaflor they decided to explore that. In the hands of artist-florist Marta Arnau, this space functions as a shop for all types of flowers – natural, dried, fabric and plastic – and as an art gallery where flowers, mixed with other materials, are used in creative and daring ways. And now you know the origins of the shop's name.
An old meter box factory now filled with beautiful flora, this is truly a treasure of the Sants neighbourhood. As always, you can go to Hivernacle for all your indoor and outdoor gardening needs: plants, seeds, soil, tools and accessories. But what's new is that now they also rent urban garden allotments to measure. If you lack space at home to grow your own lettuce, you can always take a walk to Hivernacle to get in touch with your wild side.
La Rambla de les Flors has maintained the spirit of the 19th century, when La Rambla was the only place in Barcelona where flowers were sold. You’ll find hundred-year-old stands, like Flors María, that probably inspired the excursions of Ramon Casas and Jose María de Sagarra, as well as other colourful shops that freshen up their look with the changing of the season. In April, the 15 flower stands are painted red to celebrate the tradition of buying roses on La Rambla for Sant Jordi.
At this small florist’s in Rambla Catalunya, they truly appreciate tradition. Maria Ponsà is the latest in a long line of family of florists who worked for the Spanish kings Alfonso XII and Alfonso XIII. If you need advice on your garden, you’re intrigued by the art of Ikebana or you’re looking for a natural yet original arrangement, you’ll find inspiration in the displays at Maria Ponsà’s shop.
Arrangements and quiet corners that inspire lush green interiors and party bouquets are Jordi Ferran’s specialties. Ferran makes personalised creations at his shop in the Eixample. For Sant Jordi, you’ll always find a perfectly blossoming red rose with the traditional spike and Catalan flag.
Javier Manjarrés’ roses are not your typical long-stemmed reds. They’re beautiful, yes, but more in the way that poetry, history and art are beautiful; they smell of old parchment. And you can read. These particular roses are made from paper found in the back room of a pharmacy in C/Carme, the stem is decorated with recycled dowel rods from Roman blinds and attached to the petals with old silk thread. If you’re looking for a rose that will never wilt, you’ll find it in this shop in the Raval.