The World’s Most Skilled—and Artful—Florists
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.
Avant Garden4254A Oak Lawn Avenue, | 214.559.3432
As if we needed any more proof that legendary party planner Todd Fiscus can do no wrong, his beloved Highland Park flower shop just moved to a bigger, better space. This means more room (two beautiful floors-worth) for candles, vases, cut blooms, an orchid bar, and a small but beautiful outdoor garden.
Run by Austin native, Samantha Jensen, you'll see Bricolage's arrangements all around town, gracing coffee shops, hotels, and other local businesses. Bricolage offers (wonderfully) indulgent floral subscription services, and single deliveries of their evocative arrangements online.
Cebolla Fine Flowers4415 Lovers Lane, University Park | 214.369.7673
Cebolla Fine Flowers is owned by couple and business partners Luit and Jamie Huizenga, who have been running the business since shortly after Luit emigrated from Holland in the '80s. Their state-of-the-art warehouse (where they also live with their daughter) is equipped with geothermal heating, which keeps the countless orchid plants healthy year-round. In the summer months, they actually offer monarch butterfly chrysalises, which eventually hatch and fly away. If you can't make it to their shop on Lover's Lane, they deliver to almost every neighborhood in the city.
Grange Hall Floral4445 Travis St., Knox/Henderson | 214.443.0600
Grange Hall's unusual arrangements definitely feel like they're in a class of their own. Keeping in theme with the otherworldly nature of their shop (one of Dallas's best), their floral arrangements look like they could be found in a cabinet of curiosities. They're excellent at incorporating unusual props like feathers, ribbons, and oddly-shaped vases.
The Atlanta outpost of Jackson Durham was so popular that founders Heath Alan Ray and Charles Vance decided to spread the wealth to Dallas and enlisted Todd Events alum Sara Fay Egan to run the show. While they’re a full-fledged event planning company with insane vendor connections (both domestically and abroad), designing lush floral concepts is their sweet spot.
Margot Blair Floral2408 Lake Austin Blvd., Westfield | 512.636.1861
Margot Blair specializes in big-wedding floral design but she also delivers a highly curated selection of arrangements throughout Austin. Her floral creations are so playful and so fun, it's hard not to order one for a friend and yourself. They come in three different sizes, from skinny mini to voluptuous mini, housed in a custom glass jar, a vintage apothecary bottle, or footed glass compote. In other words, you won't regret ordering two.
Pollen Floral ArtCanopy Arts Complex, Austin | 512.586.8913
Austin-based Brooke Howsley is the daughter of two artists. Her arrangements are more like works of art with the freshest, most beautiful blooms. While most of her business is weddings and events, she does do bouquets on request—call a few days ahead to order.