Here comes Valentine’s Day. Time to prove your love via a jar full of stunner blooms. L.A.’s most creative floral artists craft arrangements that are way more sophisticated than those carnations you gave your prom date, so scroll down to find the flower-whisperer who speaks to your and your love’s personal style.
When you want something really special with gobs of artistic flair, Nelson Pitts is your flower man. Think of him as a sculptor who happens to use flowers as a medium. In addition to custom designs ($150 to $275), you can order from his collection of classics, including the “Chroma Collection: Pink” which includes seasonal blooms, whimsical sprigs, and some ferns that have been hand-painted in neon pink ($175). Trust us, nobody else at the office will be getting an arrangement like this one.
With her new space inside the Fred Segal complex on Sunset and a refreshed concept, Kelsey Harper Parker has rebranded her business from Flower Girl L.A. to Matriarch. And while the designs might have a little more polish than ever, it’s still all about natural, gorgeous flowers, inspired by the landscape of California.
Heather Williams’ floral design studio (on the same block as Sqirl) is a bohemian-chic dream filled with rustic arrangements, home decor items, and gifts. It’s all too, too good. When it comes to custom arrangements for your boo, 24 to 48 hours advance notice is preferred, and if you’re looking for delivery (rather than picking up the blooms yourself), the minimum purchase is $85.
You have seen Saeed Babaeean’s floral artistry even if you don’t realize it. Babaeean was who Beyoncé hired to craft the floral backdrop of the Instagram that announced her pregnancy in 2017. For your own ‘gram-worthy arrangement, highlights of this year’s Valentine’s collection include the sleek, monochromatic “Modern Romance” ($275), or the lush “Rosé for an Angel” with blush-hued blooms and a bottle of Whispering Angel rosé tucked right into the bouquet ($265).
So you want easy and convenient (order online, same-day delivery) but combined with updated, gorgeous design? Tic-Tock has got you covered. For your Valentine, try the “Fairytale” for a pop of bright color ($125), “Pink Beauty” for the classic romantic ($125), or throw caution to the wind and send an over-the-top 100 red roses ($850).
Want to impress with a personal touch? DIY by going to the source at The Original Los Angeles Flower Market. You have to experience the gorgeousness that is the flower market at least once if you are going to live here, and now is as good a time as any. The entrance fee is $2 on weekdays or $1 on the weekends.
Jennifer McGarigle describes her take on floral design as “a modern edge with an element of surprise.” That can take the form of orchids that float inside glass ($100) or an antique birdcage drenched in peonies and citrus fruits ($350). Speaking of citrus, we’re obsessed with the “Green Dream” arrangement, with bright fruits, lush ferns, and fun succulents ($150)—perfect for a cool Valentine who’ll be impressed by the unconventional.
Venice and Downtown L.A.
At this pair of flower shop-design boutiques, you can pluck your stems “market-style” one by one, or have the team on hand whip something up for you. Bouquets range from a petite “bedside” bud ($18) up to an extra large wrapped bouquet ($180), with custom prices varying by the blossoms and vases you pick. Limited delivery is available; you’ll want to give the shop a ring to discuss the options.
Cappuccino roses, sprigs of mint, peonies, assorted berries, these can all be found in Melissa Merwin’s sweet, English-garden-style arrangements. The former costume designer’s shop is tucked in the back of the Palisades Village shopping complex. (Scandal or West Wing fans may be interested to know that Merwin’s husband is actor Josh Malina.)
This eco-friendly florist is based in a rustic barn at Malibu Gardens Nursery. This is the place for blooms from local farms, assembled with an organic, hippie-chic feel. Every bouquet is custom, so either stop in yourself or call 310-457-8100 to chat all things flowery.
The Governor’s Ball at the Oscars, the Golden Globes, the Emmys… Mark Held and Richard David provide blooms for all the top-tier to-dos, so they can certainly create something stunning for your V-Day. Don’t be intimidated by the A-list portfolio; prices for standard arrangements are decidedly down-to-earth. Consider the “Twilight” ($75) or “Coco en Rouge” ($95) for classic elegance.
Sure you can order online, but this shop is so gorgeous you will want to drop in and pick something up. Jacob Maarse Florist has been delivering arrangements for 50 years, these days basing operations in a converted Cadillac dealership. Looking for a simple dozen red roses? They’ve got a great version that adds a little flair with eucalyptus leaves and red ornamental berries ($110). Or you could mix your old school roses with some trendy succulents ($250).
Lenita by Grita puts all the gorgeous blooms of a flower shop in a pale pink truck that scoots around town. For Valentine’s Day, they’ll be posting up for a pop-up at ROW DTLA. Catch the truck from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 10, 11, 13 and 14, for their signature “booquets,” “broquets,” and other fun arrangements, along with a selection of gifts sourced from other ROW DTLA shops.
Want to show you care—for your boo and the planet? Stop into Whole Foods for a classic bouquet of roses. They’re just $24.99 (or $19.99 if you’re an Amazon Prime member) and are certified Whole Trade, meaning the farms and growers are treated ethically and meet environmental standards. A portion of the proceeds also goes into community projects, including building schools and funding scholarships.
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