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The best florists in Melbourne

Pick up a bunch of blooms from one of these sweet-scented joints

By Meg Crawford
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Flowers are the no-brainers of the gift world. Everybody loves getting them, and they always look stunning. Whether you've been in trouble and need to make it up to someone, or you want to surprise someone just because, these Melbourne florists are up to the task of making you a pretty bouquet.

 

 

Melbourne's best florists

1. Art Stems

Shopping Carlton North

Art Stems pride themselves on quality arrangements with a variety of flowers. In an attempt to be eco-friendly, they have done away with boxes and present their bouquets in tins, ceramic vases, and jugs that they encourage their customers to re-use.

2. Azalea: South Melbourne Market

Shopping South Melbourne

Proprietor Michael Pavlou has carved himself a niche by specialising in Australian natives. “They’re really underrated,” he says. “There are so many interesting native flowers which people have never seen before. I just want to show them to people.”

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3. Bud Flowers

Shopping Armadale

Situated on High Street, Armadale, Bud Flowers offers unique, fresh flower arrangements and giftware. It's owned and operated by the talented Nicole Bishops Whiteman who scours the markets for the best flowers available.

4. Flower Temple

Shopping Melbourne

In addition to super-fancy bouquets, this luxury flower store also offers gift packages, a gift-wrapping service and an in-store café if you've got time to spare for a coffee. If you're really strapped for time, you can also order flowers online. 

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5. Flowers Vasette

Shopping Fitzroy

Flowers Vasette features a vast range of floral arrangements that deviate from your traditional bunch of roses. Owned by Cherrie Miriklis, this beautiful addition to Brunswick Street has been servicing the Melbourne metropolitan area since 1989.

6. infullbloom

Shopping South Melbourne

The staff here are expert at customising bunches of blooms for whomever you have in mind, to create something truly appropriate. If you're looking for yourself, the evolving displays are designed to inspire interior decorating ideas, using found objects and furniture in some designs.

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7. Kate Hill Flowers

Shopping Prahran

After something extra, extra special? Situated in upmarket Prahran, Kate Hill Flowers is the baby of florist, floral designer and interior designer Kate Hill, whose vision is evident in each of her bouquets and arrangements. In addition to designing for events and weddings, she has worked with high-profile clients and caterers.

8. Lilac and the Cat

Shopping Cremorne

Nestled on a side street in Richmond, and sharing premises with a vegan café and a record store, Lilac and the Cat specialise in “ethical avant garde” floristry. They make big, loose and natural-looking bouquets with an unstinting dedication to sustainability.

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9. Pollon Flowers

Shopping Melbourne

Pollon Flowers is an eclectic, tiny store packed with a vast range of flowers. It acts as a studio space for owner and flower artisan Nicholas Minton-Connell, nestled within the arches at the back of St Paul's Cathedral.

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