ISSUE 46  |  The Family Farm

Local Flowers: 7 Favorite Florists for Thanksgiving Arrangements

November 20, 2014 7:30 PM

BY Cheryl Locke

Did you forage and come up with no flowers for your Thanksgiving tabletop? It happens. But don’t worry, you can still celebrate local flowers–even at the last minute. 

Here are seven of our favorite sources for local flowers (including one online shop that ships seasonal bouquets nationwide).

And to find more blooms cultivated near where you live, see Field to Vase, a directory of flower farms across the United States.

All 50 States

 

Above: The Bouqs delivers farm-fresh bouquets to all 50 states at prices ranging from $40 to $70, depending on size (shipping included). Order by next Monday, to guarantee delivery by Wednesday. Photograph by Stephen Johnson for Gardenista.

Why We Love Them: Last spring, our reviewer Lindsey Taylor said, “The website is easy to navigate and well-designed and the flowers are cut and delivered the same day, which means the flowers you receive are only two to four days old, versus the majority of flowers from online services, which are closer to ten to 14 days old. “

San Francisco Bay Area 

Above: Owner Anna Campbell opened a new shop in September on College Avenue in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. For Bay Area residents, FloraCultural Society offers arrangements for local delivery–ready in 120 minutes. The last day to order for day-before-Thanksgiving pickup is next Monday. Bouquets are also available online at Good Eggs

Why We Love Them: Campbell, a 20-year veteran of flowers who favors heirloom and rare varieties, also grows her own flowers from a 2,600 square-foot garden in an Oakland parking lot.

Philadelphia

Above:  Photograph via Love ‘n Fresh.

Philadelphia-based Love ‘n Fresh Flowers offers a tabletop centerpiece in two sizes, at prices ranging from $55 to $80, for local pickup. For more information or to order online, see Love ‘n Fresh. Pickup is available on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Chestnut Hill studio.

Why We Love Them: Many of proprietor Jennie Love’s flowers are grown on a two-acre farm in Philadelphia (within city limits) on land that William Penn once cultivated.

Chicago

 

Above: At Asrai Garden in the Wicker Park neighborhood, nosegays of muscari, astrantia, ranunculus, black scabiosas, ferns, hellebores, and jasmine vine are $35. The shop makes local deliveries seven days a week; minimum order $55 (plus delivery charge). For more information, see Asrai Garden. Photograph by Amy Jo Royall

Why We Love Them: At Asrai Garden, the philosophy is “flowers are beautiful the way they are….. we do not make them into strange shapes, dye them, or force them to look like a sculpture.” 

New York City

Above: Emily Thompson brought her artfully wild arrangements, loved by the White House, to a new shop in the Financial District last February. For Thanksgiving centerpieces, “I chose a warm and sumptuous palette, appropriate for a feast,” says Thompson, who is making arrangements of rose hips and echinacea, placed in a vintage brass vase; $150 per centerpiece. Orders will be taken until next Tuesday; call (212) 882-1384. Photograph by Ngoc Minh Ngo. 

Why We Love Them: “Emily’s arrangements–whether strictly made of local materials or not–evoke landscapes that are of a particular area and time,” says Sophia, a member of Thompson’s team and contributor at Gardenista.

Oregon and Washington State

Above: Photograph via Floret Flower Farm.

Why We Love Them: Seattle-based Erin Benzakein of Floret Flower Farm grows more than 260 varieties of flowers, which are sold throughout the Pacific Northwest at Whole Foods and local shops in Washington State. She’ll start shipping nationwide next year; see details at Floret Flower Farm. For now, you can find a directory of retail locations here

Los Angeles

 
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Above: Channeling her love of Parisian flower stands, Stephanie Schur, a former fashion designer, opened Botany Flowers in 2009 in Brentwood Country Mart. Nearly the size of a small bath tub, this year’s centerpiece has roses, dahlias, ranunculus, amaranthus, fringe tulips, viburnum, liquid amber branches, geranium, pomegranates, and pyracantha. Depending on size, a similar arrangement is $150 to $175; order by next Monday by calling (310) 394-0358.

Why We Love Them: Schur sources arrangements that she makes custom with what’s freshest and most in season. And, oh, Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Reese Witherspoon are fans. 

Arranging your own Thanksgiving flowers?

For tips, see our Floral Arranging archives.

For a no-cost foraged arrangement, see 7 Tips for Thanksgiving Tabletop Decor on a Budget from stylist Beth Kirby. 

And to keep your centerpiece alive past Thanksgiving, see Tried and Tested: How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer.