Little Acre Flowers
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.
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.
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