Floral arrangement by Putnam & Putnam. Photo courtesy of Lynsey Addario.
The World’s Most Skilled—and Artful—Florists
The World’s Most Skilled—and
It might seem hard to mess up an arrangement of gorgeous, fresh blooms—until you actually try it. There is true skill in floral design, and there are some out there who have turned it into an art form. In anticipation of Valentine’s Day—and every other day on the calendar—here are our favorites.
Bow Street Flowers108 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 more than two decades. 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.
A five-sibling venture, Fivefork Farms is set on thirty-eight 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 four, five, or six- week shares, and Fivefork delivers your flowers each week to designated pick-up locations (through New England). 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 summer share slot would make a wonderful gift.
Lotus Designs977 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 twnenty-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 & Tulip461 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.
Wild Folk Studio
A floral design studio based in Somerville, Massachusetts, Wild Folk delivers throughout Massachusetts, and travels across the country and globe to service 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.
Winston Flowers131 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).