Shop local this Valentine’s Day by visiting a Denver florist. Here are 10 local florists we Denverites swear by. (Lady Bird Poppy arrangement pictured above. Photo courtesy of Lady Bird Poppy.)
I love fresh flowers. Truly. If you ever bring me a bouquet, any bouquet, I will not complain. But the truth is all bouquets are not created equally. We’ve all had that sinking feeling of ordering a gorgeous bouquet over the phone or online (or so we thought) only to later see the spindly arrangement that was delivered to our beloved. The arrangement that made us want to cry out, “I swear these sad-looking carnations in no way reflect the way I feel about you!”
One way to avoid that disastrous outcome this Valentine’s Day? Order flowers from a local florist that has been vetted and loved by fellow Denver locals. Below are 10 Denver florists in neighborhoods across our city, each with its own well-deserved Denver following, each known for their artistic, gorgeous bouquets, and each with its own unique design aesthetic and flair.
Amore Fiori Flowers & Gifts, 7353 E. 29th Avenue, 303-333-3848 (Stapleton)
One part florist, one part cute gift boutique, Stapleton’s Amore Fiori is the perfect destination to pick up a little something for your favorite Valentine. Denver locals share their love for the everyday floral bouquets (and weddings, too.) The shop has that European marketplace charm that served as its inspiration, and carries fun gifts like bath and beauty products (including local fave, Tokyo Milk), and fashion and home accessories.
Babylon Floral, 1223 E. 17th Avenue, 303-830-6855 (Uptown)
Babylon Floral‘s inventive designs remind us that, at its finest, flower arranging is a true art form. The website, with its its fashion- and design-heavy photo gallery, is your first clue that this is not your traditional florist. Rather than select from the usual rose, tulip or seasonal bouquets, Babylon offers a menu of design concepts, like Countrypolitan or Neotropica. Whichever style you choose, it’s sure to be unforgettable.
Beet and Yarrow, 3350 Brighton Boulevard (inside The Source), 720-934-6438 (RiNo)
A couple of readers raved about Beet and Yarrow. At first, I didn’t realize they were referring to the cute little florist tucked into The Source. But now that I do, I have to add to their chorus of praise because I have admired their arrangements (and the cute little air plants and house plant accoutrements) on more than one browsing occasion. Not only do they get a whole lotta Yelp love, but so many reviewers also posted photos of their absolutely gorgeous bouquets that I now have this place on my gotta-try-it list.
Bella Calla, 3100 Downing Street AND 1111 Broadway, 303-593-0716 (Baker)
This shop has won a place in its customers hearts with floral arrangements frequently described as “not just your basic bouquet.” In fact, last year Bella Calla was voted 5280’s Top of the Town Editor’s Pick. Or, if flowers aren’t your loved one’s style, perhaps you could interest them in spending a little quality time together in a terrarium-building class? Not sure I would’ve thought it, but that’s something else that gets a lot of customer love at Bella Calla.
Bonnie Brae Flowers, 5595 E. Evans Avenue, 303-744-1091 (Bonnie Brae)
A Denver classic, Bonnie Brae Flowers has been arranging bouquets for Denverites since 1941. That’s no small feat for a local business, so you know they deliver on their, well, flower delivery. Their reasonable prices and quality flowers have made them a long-time local favorite.
Diz’s Daisys Flower Shop, 2709 W. 38th Avenue, 303-477-7229 (Sunnyside)
A popular spot for Northwest Denverites, Diz’s Daisys has received local accolades from both 5280 Magazine (2015 Top of the Town) and as the 2015 Denver Bride’s Choice. The florist is not only known for their lovely arrangements but their dedication to going the extra mile for their customers.
Flower Bombers, 303-865-5270 (Denver-based, but online only)
Such a fun concept! See the delight on your recipient’s face when they’ve been “flower bombed.” Flower Bombers not only delivers up beautiful bouquets but they also snap and send you a real-time photo of your loved one’s expression. You can even see who’s been flower bombed recently on their website’s social wall.
Ladybird Poppy, 720-220-9654 (Denver-based, but online only)
The arrangements by Ladybird Poppy can only be described as stunning. Perhaps it’s not surprising that they don’t have a single Yelp review — not one! — that is less than a five-star experience. This Saturday Ladybird Poppy will be popping up at the Long I Pie Shop (2400 Curtis Street) from 9am to 2pm with colorfully wrapped Valentine’s bouquets. Snag one while you can, or contact their shop for a customized order.
Moss Pink Flora and Botanicals, 4615 E. 23rd Avenue, 303-388-1666 (Park Hill)
The Park Hill florist designs striking bouquets for every occasion. I hate to overuse “artistic,” but every one of the florists on this list really seems to nail this, and Moss Pink Flora is no exception. And, here’s a bonus…you can also pick up a box of almost-too-beautiful-to-eat chocolates by Temper Chocolates (of Central Market). Oh, and pick up an irreverent card by my friend Cara of Grape Street Greetings…they carry those too!
The Perfect Petal, 3600 W. 32nd Avenue, 303-480-0966 (Highlands)
This has long been my family’s go-to for every occasion. Every bouquet my husband picks up comes from The Perfect Petal, and they are always unique and gorgeous. They even did my bridal bouquet, which I absolutely loved. But, The Perfect Petal is much more than a florist…the gift boutique is filled with cards for every occasion, plus, candles, bath and body products, home accessories, and sweet treats like my favorite Helliemae’s caramels. It’s a one-stop shop for your favorite Valentine for sure. And, maybe a little something for you, too.
How lucky are we to have so many fantastic local flower shops across our city?! (And, if I missed your favorite, please share your love for it in the comments below.) I really don’t think you can go wrong by picking up a little something from any of one of these. And, I feel fairly confident that you won’t find a sad-looking carnation amongst them.