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).
UrbanStems is an awesomely convenient on-demand flower delivery service that began in D.C. and has since expanded to NYC. Their bouquets, which begin at $35, are very well priced, and they make the whole thing—even last minute orders—a cinch, getting all the details, like handwritten notes, right. Once your bouquet is delivered, they'll send you a photo confirmation, so you're not left wondering about if and when. Equally impressive: UrbanStems has an environmentally conscious slant and works with the international nonprofit, Rainforest Alliance, and Veriflora—an agricultural sustainability certification and labeling program—to source their blooms.
Little Acre Flowers202.524.0812
After spending her first career working with USAID and NGOs, Tobie Whitman decided to get into the floral business. She launched Little Acres Flowers in 2013 with a commitment to sourcing flowers as locally as possible, and creating as little waste as possible. The company's flowers come from nearby mid-Atlantic farms, with occasional phone-ins to greenhouses further south during cold winter months. You can choose between a daily vase arrangement or daily bouquet. (The limited choice means less flowers wasted, but also, it's sometimes really nice not having to deliberate over endless options.) Either way—arranged in an American-made mason jar or wrapped in burlap from local coffee roaster, Mayorga—the effect is charmingly rustic. Deliveries are made weekdays from 9 to 5 throughout the DC/MD/VA region, with special hours on major holidays.
Petal Floral Design
Founded in 2010 by Becca Olcott, who grew up a young garden lover in Pennsylvania, Petal is primarily a floral event studio serving Washington D.C. and Martha's Vineyard, where Olcott splits her time. Her designs are exquisite but effortlessly so, natural-looking and slightly wild in the best way; think loose bouquets with oversized blooms, unexpected branches, pretty greenery, and white petals mixed with pops of color. Although Olcott doesn't do one-off deliveries, you can set up a loved one with a weekly or monthly flower delivery.
English Rose Garden3209 O St. NW, Georgetown | 202.333.3326
Established in 1997, English Rose Garden imports fresh flowers daily from around the world. While typical delivery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9am to 6pm, they will go above and beyond for special requests. While they specifically serve D.C. and surrounding suburbs, they also work with a network of florists in other states—and countries—so they can be a one-stop shop for nearly every arrangement you send.
Allan Woods Flowers2645 Connecticut Ave. NW, Woodley Park | 202.332.3334
Grown up, sophisticated arrangements are standard at this high-end florist shop in Woodley Park. Allan Woods offers same-day delivery and also has a customizable recurring delivery program for weekly or monthly arrangements.