Flowers are a pick-me-up, a room brightener, a no-fail gift idea and a way to inject a bit of nature back into your city environs. In sum: They’re blooming great. Here are ten Boston-area florists, from the South End to Somerville, that bring us perennial pleasure.
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Need further proof that the South End is London writ small? A visit to this tucked-away gem will transport you to Notting Hill. Andrea Halliday’s full-service floral enclave charms with seasonal arrangements (flowering branches, fringed poppies, peonies) as well as vertical planters and flower chandeliers. Weekly house deliveries carry SAD sufferers through the winter months, while brides revel in Halliday’s passion and attention to detail.
Carrie Chang draws on both her arts training at the Central Saint Martins School in London and her tutelage under floral design legends Paula Pryke and Jane Packer to fashion structural, dramatic arrangements that highlight her love of Dutch flowers like amaryllis, narcissus and tulips. Pick up her arrangements at Bee’s Knees Supply Company or visit her nearby Fort Point studio to arrange for large-scale event florals.
Forget vegetables: Flower CSAs are where it’s at. The sibling-owned farm in Central Mass. offers spring, summer and fall shares in either six- or 12-week increments, with sustainably grown blooms ranging from poppies and ranunculus to tulips and dahlias. Pick them up prearranged or opt for the less-expensive bucket share to test your bouquet-making mettle.
Landscape architect Lindsey Swett will inspire your inner gardener. Her South End store stocks not just cut and potted flowers, but seeds, succulents, hanging moss, outdoor decor and all the tools necessary to cultivate your own city plot. Floral arranging and terrarium classes assure your home a sophisticated horticultural pastiche; Swett will also help you propagate the perfect window box.
If you can’t afford the South End condo, at least spring for the sophisticated floral trappings at this SoWa shop. Hall, a renowned event designer, offers stunning botanicals and bulbs as well as antique and modern vessels and a choice selection of home goods, including candles, lighting and antique mirrors. Regular floral workshops mean you can replicate Hall’s genius at home.
There is no greater pick-me-up than a weekly floral bouquet. Designer Caroline O’Donnell fashions loose, inviting arrangements of locally sourced blooms like ranunculus, anemones and peonies in reclaimed vessels like mason jars and urns, which she then delivers in person. For weddings, O’Donnell will go simple or dramatic depending on the desired aesthetic.
Hiroko Takeshita isn’t just a florist; she’s a true global artist. After training at the Ecole Francaises de Decoration Florale in Paris and practicing floral design in Osaka, Takeshita moved to Cambridge to introduce the tweed masses to high-concept, sculptural arrangements that emphasize Zen minimalism over excess. Her sophisticated wedding centerpieces and bridal bouquets will have guests green with envy.
Erin Heath and Rose Mattos are, hands down, the ladies you go to for wedding flowers. They can do country and they can do rock ‘n’ roll, but they always thrill their brides with personalized and imaginative arrangements that belong on Pinterest boards. Working with local growers, they’ve also propagated the city’s “seed-to-table” floral movement, helping to promote and refine the area’s seasonal blooms.
The new kid on the South End block wants to elevate your decorating game with contemporary, asymmetrical arrangements that appeal to its urbane neighbors. Plant offerings include kokedama (moss balls) and succulent and moss gardens. The retail space alone is worth a visit for the dark wood cabinetry, vertical plantings and chalkboard floral menu behind the cash register. Stay tuned for the soon-to-come coffee bar.
Shelly White wants to make you feel at home in her intimate store with the yellow door. The California transplant aims to lift your mood with seasonal cuts, orchid exotics and creative bunches for takeout or delivery. But you’re probably stopping in to pet one of the shop bunnies, who have their own front-of-the-store bedding and attract regulars between floral purchases.