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The Best Florists

Hard as it may seem to screw up gorgeous, fresh blooms, it takes skill and inherent talent to master floral design, and there are some out there who are blessed with enviable arranging skills. Just in time for Mother’s Day—and pretty essential the rest of the year—our shortlist of the best florists across the country (and some overseas, too).

Fivefork Farms

A five-sibling venture, Fivefork Farms is set on 38 acres of woodlands and rolling fields in Upton, Massachusetts, and has a floral CSA program, which is ridiculously cool. Here's how it works: you sign up for a six- or ten-week share, and Fivefork delivers your flowers each week to designated pick-up locations (Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Somerville, and Worcester). The flowers are grown using organic and sustainable practices and of course vary by season—you'll see flowers like anemones, ranunculus, and poppies in the spring; zinnias, foxglove, sweet peas in summer; and an astonishing array of dahlias come fall. The 2016 spring share is already booked but we think the a summer share slot would make a wonderful gift to look forward to.

Wild Folk Studio

A floral design studio based in Somerville, Massachusetts, Wild Folk delivers to Boston and Cambridge, too, and travels throughout New England for weddings and events. Led by self-taught floral designer, Caroline O'Donnell, Wild Folk's arrangements are just what you'd expect from the studio's name: loose, artisanal, and lush bouquets fashioned in glass pedestal vases, urns, and mason jars. Wild Folk is big on sourcing local, in-season flowers, and being as eco-conscious as possible otherwise—composting any leftover floral scraps, and often delivering by public transportation.

Lotus Designs

977 Tremont St., South End | 617.262.7031

A neighborhood shop located in Boston's South End, Lotus Designs welcomes walk-ins and also delivers all over town (about a 20-mile radius from the store) provided your flower order is a minimum of $60-plus. And you can place orders online, too. Their cut-off for same-day delivery is 3pm. Lotus Designs carries a little bit of everything but they specialize in fresh cut flowers and orchids. And they also do weddings and events.

Table & Tulip

461 Shawmut Ave., South End | 617.262.3100

Table & Tulip is known for their whimsical, romantic designs. Their fresh-cut floral arrangements, which you can pick up in the store or order online, are stunning and often fabulously inventive (for example, artichoke stalks mixed with roses). Also great: Table & Tulip offers a two-hour floral design workshop where you can learn the craft of arranging flowers with their design experts while enjoying some apps and champagne—and the arrangement you make is yours to keep.

Winston Flowers

131 Newbury St., Back Bay | 800.457.4901

Now a third-generation company with seven locations in New England, Winston Flowers began as a father-son team, with a pushcart parked in front of the Ritz-Carlton hotel on Newbury Street in 1944. Winston Flowers prides itself on their close relationships with growers—they purchase their blooms directly from the growers and each one is hand selected. They also highlight local farms, particularly in the time period spanning from late summer to early fall, when favorite flowers like sunflowers, peonies, and lilac are in season. In addition to the first permanent Winston location in the Back Bay (open seven days), there is a second Boston shop in the Financial District (open weekdays).

Bow Street Flowers

108 Beacon St., Somerville | 617.492.0080

A native Californian with a love of French and English gardens, Shelley White has been running Bow Street Flowers in Somerville for nearly 20 years. If you happen to be in the area, going to the shop is an experience—it's home to four bunnies—but Bow Street also delivers to Boston and surrounding areas.