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).
Bloom & Plume323.515.2928
Bloom & Plume arrangements are pretty much unlike anything else out there: Maurice Harris has a telltale flair for the artistic, which results in bouquets and centerpieces that are more botanical sculpture than traditional arrangement. (Take a peek at his Instagram feed to see what we mean—he also did the flowers for our first Cookbook Club.)
Eric Buterbaugh7001 Melrose Ave. | 310.247.7120
Eric Buterbaugh arranges the most beautiful bouquets from quality flowers that last. He's a pleasure to work with, and one of our go-to florists in Los Angeles.
Founded by Sophia Moreno-Bunge and named after Sophia's two Argentine grandmothers (both named Isabel), ISA ISA is an exquisite floral design studio based in LA. Every arrangement is a piece of artwork, making them the most welcome of gifts.
Twig & Twine Flowers716 N. Virgil Ave., Hollywood | 323.660.4100
Equal parts floral boutique and adorable gift shop, Twig & Twine is best enjoyed in person rather than over the phone. Owner Heather Williams' calling card is incorporating unexpected elements into her arrangements, be they succulents or rare, alien-looking blooms.
Yasmine Floral Design323.240.8140
Southern California native Yasmine Mei has a magical touch when it comes to flowers. Her vintage-inspired designs are romantic and earthy, but elegantly so. She primarily delivers on the east side but will bring pricier arrangements west. The best way to place an order is via phone, and in advance, as Mei can get booked up.
Empty Vase9033 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood | 310.278.1988
From everyday flowers and plants to bouquets for weddings and other special occasions, The Empty Vase has been reliably churning out stunning bouquets of exceptional quality for years. It's worth a walk into the store, but they do also deliver.
The Velvet Garden Flowers622 S. Anderson St., Downtown | 323.852.1766
Kimm Birkicht is a beloved LA-based floral designer with deep industry roots, which translates to an innate understanding that every arrangement—whether it's for a wedding, family gathering, or work event—needs to speak to the client's individual aesthetic.
The Original Los Angeles Flower Market754 Wall St., Downtown | 213.627.3696
For crafty types, Downtown's wholesale flower market (it takes up close to two city blocks) is a DIY goldmine. Yes, there are fresh flowers and succulents—both locally and globally grown—as far as the eye can see, but you can also come here to snag supplies like vases, gardening tools, and ribbon for a song. Pros get first dibs daily; during designated times, the general public can pay a $2 admission fee to shop.
My Secret Garden5500 W. Franklin Ave., Los Feliz | 323.469.1514
Located near the base of Griffith Park, this flower shop also carries gift-y items like candles, jewelry, and handmade cards. Even if you haven't been in the shop or perused My Secret Garden's website, chances are you've seen one of their arrangements in the background of a TV show or movie, as they do a lot of set work, too.
Silver Lake Farms213.640.3755
Tara Kolla actually started Silver Lake Farms in the backyard of her Silver Lake home—as she tells it, she and her husband "just aren't pool people," so she plowed an acre of land and equipped it with rows and rows of breathtaking ranunculus, larkspur, dahlias, and sweet peas that climb the fences. A degree in horticulture and several seasons later, her business has exploded beyond the farmer's market to become a full-fledged CSA that delivers locally grown, organic bouquets to families and businesses across the city on a weekly basis (though you can still find her at the Hollywood Farmer's Market and a few other spot around town). Tara's also an important community activist for urban farming and the slow flower movement in Los Angeles and nationally; long live the #fempire.