A reminder to all of those with a hunny at home – Valentine’s Day is on Friday! Luckily, these days the pressure to book a prix-fixe dinner has tapered off in lieu of more original plans, but the age old tradition of gifting flowers to the apple of your eye is still as relevant.
You can usually get a beautiful bouquet at a decent price at one of the many colorful stalls in the Financial District, Union Square and even in your hood. The drawback to these flower stalls? They don’t deliver. Plus, the selection could be sparse by the end of the day on Friday. Don’t think that means you have to call a 1-800 number! There’s always room for a little surprise within tradition and it could be time to spring for an artful, one-of-a-kind arrangement.
A blooming trend in the floral world has been to assemble what’s fresh, in season and locally-grown which means looking beyond roses and the run of the mill flower stall. This is where floral artists differ as the experts. If you’re in the market for something new and inventive with the option of delivery, these florists pick from the best California blooms to create unique, memorable arrangements. Your perception of a bouquet will be forever changed and so will your annual tradition.
These are some of the best places to find bouquets around the city.
Natalie Bowen Designs, SOMA
Natalie is best known for decorating weddings, events and local eateries with her floral art which you can see on display at Foreign Cinema. This week she’s assembling your own personal work of art for pickup or delivery. NBD’s work pictured above.
Birch, Hayes Valley
Walking into this shop explains the style you can expect from an arrangement – its minimal, modern aesthetic emphasizes the unique beauty of each stem. For an artful, simple and elegant bouquet, order ahead for pickup.
Farmgirl Flowers, Haight
Choose a burlap-wrapped bouquet or a clear vase and look forward to delivery of a custom arrangement based on that day’s local flower availability.
Lorena and her team assemble unique burlap-wrapped bouquets made up of California-grown flowers and deliver them by bike. Bonus for the sender – the delivery is not complete until an “awe pic” of the recipient with their bouquet is sent your way.
Petale, Potrero Hill
Petale assembles single succulents, succulent boxes and various styles of petite bouquets in mason jars to choose from. Two delivery options – next day or same day delivery for a $10 price difference. Petale’s work pictured above.
A plant shop in Temescal Alley filled with succulents, air plants and indoor garden accessories, Crimson also offers floral design services. Order a custom bouquet for pickup on Friday.
Gorgeous & Green, Elmwood
The name says it all – G&G is a retail shop with cards, gifts and most importantly flowers. Choose from a a one-of-a-kind locally-grown bouquet wrapped in recycled paper or fitted in a glass vase, for pickup or delivery on bicycle to the East Bay only.
In Water, Pacific Heights
Situated in the heart of Fillmore Street, In Water has a retail shop you can visit if you prefer to walk away with your bouquet instead of having it delivered.
The Bud Stop, Cow Hollow
This flower stall is an exception based on their artful arrangements and unique selection of single stem flowers. It’s a dependable, go-to shop on Union Street.
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