A bouquet of flowers is healthier than a box of chocolates and looks prettier sitting out on the counter. We’re not saying you shouldn’t still get the sweets, just that there may just be some fresher options to consider. With that in mind, we’ve plucked a bunch of our favorite local florists from every price range, each offering flower delivery and stunning arrangements year round. Go the extra mile by taking your loved one/new flame to brunch or dinner at one of the city’s best restaurants.
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Best florists in Washington, DC
Shaw-based florist Sidra Forman often incorporates found elements into her bundles, like branches from the persimmon tree in her backyard. Because her work emphasizes natural beauty, you’re more likely to see pops of peonies than a sprig of baby’s breath. Ever the naturalist, Forman works exclusively with flowers that are in season and has a way with weaving clusters of green into pastel bunches.
If you need affordable flowers and need them fast, turn to Urban Stems. The DC-based online florist offers free one-hour delivery in the District and Arlington. The signature mix bouquet is only $35 and includes an ever-rotating mix of flora from sustainable farms in Colombia and Ecuador. If you ask nicely, your delivery person will even snap a photo of the recipient with his or her new blooms. Online at urbanstems.com.
Simplicity is key at Little Acre Flowers, which offers only two floral options: a vase arrangement and a hand-tied bouquet. The streamlined selection allows owner Tobie Whitman to focus on the freshest flowers, all of which she sources exclusively from sustainable farms in the DC area. Online at littleacreflowers.com.
For the true flower enthusiast, consider a subscription to Urban Petals’ Flower Club. Members receive a bi-monthly delivery of loose blooms along with an instruction video detailing how to arrange the flowers from owner Sarah von Pollaro. A portion of sales goes to von Pollaro’s Brighten Lives initiative, which hosts therapeutic flower-arranging classes at shelters and family centers.
With a focus on minimalist and modern design, Ultra Violet Flowers offers meticulously arranged bouquets that pop. Founder Fabio Ripoli’s specialty is wowing with color, as can be seen in his Be Mine bouquet, made from a monochromatic mix of orchids, hydrangea and peonies.
For six years, Highway to Hill has been bundling affordable and beautiful flower arrangements for weddings, events and individuals. (A small bouquet is just $45 and includes free delivery to the Capitol Hill, NoMa and Brookland neighborhoods.) The small studio frequently works with garden roses, mixing them with succulents and ranunculus to avoid looking anything like their $9.99 drugstore counterparts.
The interior of this tiny shop from full-service florist Vickie Dorsey looks more like a forest than a flower studio: Terrariums topped with moss sit next to driftwood vases, and ferns cascade from hanging planters. For her bouquet services, Dorsey accommodates traditional requests, like a dozen red roses, though she’s not unfamiliar with less expected varietals like dianthus, brunia and eucalyptus.
You’ll most often find Sai Souphom pushing petals around D.C. in her tricked out flower truck—the city’s first mobile florist. In addition to full-blown event design, the former accountant delivers precious bouquets made with unexpected items like herbs, branches and berries. Track Sai Vita on Twitter @dcflowertruck.