Trading her pen for a pair of gardening scissors, former advertising executive Sarah Lim followed her love for all things beautiful when she founded Poppy Flora Studio in 2000. Lim and her team handcraft every bouquet you see in the store. Don’t expect uniformly rounded globes of roses – each flower is allowed to curve and bend to create an airy, bountiful and vibrant mix that looks as if, as Lim describes, they’re ‘dancing’. Every last Saturday of the month, Poppy allows you to pick out flowers of your choosing to fit a bouquet bag – think of it as a fit-all-you-can flower buffet – for $69, mimicking Europe’s flower markets. Besides roses, lilies and tulips that are available all year round, Lim sources the globe for seasonal flowers. In August, it’s sweet peas, zinnias and dahlias. For last-minute, grab-and-go bouquets, Poppy does pocket posies of both fresh ($18) and dried flowers ($19) – the latter comes with a handmade paper poppy. (Because real poppy flowers aren’t allowed to be imported into Singapore due to their narcotic properties.)
DETAILS $808/four one-hour lessons. Includes a photography session and four masterpieces. Lessons available every Tuesday to Sunday between 10am and 6pm.