This time of year, we’re all thinking of certain special tokens by the dozens for our loved ones. While we may not always be experts in choosing the best stems, florists are always there to help mark our life milestones with care, flair, and creativity.
Whether you’d like to gift a classic bunch of white, pink or red roses or a more varied array, we’ve hand-picked 13 tried and true neighborhood florist gems to check out. Keep them in mind not only this week but for all your future, fragrant needs!
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This business, in operation since 2016, operates on the mantra that everyday life needs more fresh flowers, and offers customized solutions for your everyday or special needs. The owner, Eva, grew up in Germany where this more the norm– but she is happy to bring the inspiration to the D.C. area, where there is also a large international population.
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This Falls Church flower shop has been a neighborhood and area staple since 1991. You can choose from a variety of modern, classic and antique looks– perfect for any home or office setting! Plus, they have an extensive network of delivery neighborhoods and can even drop off at some other local flower shops.
Likely one of the most historic flower shops in the DMV, Park Florist has been providing committed service since 1935. They are offering special long hours from 9 am to 7 pm through Wednesday for pickup, but you should order online ahead for peace of mind. With a visit in person, you can also say hello to their furry friends, Taffy the cat and Mizu the Shiba Inu pup!
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With an extensive 60+ year history in Downtown Silver Spring, this family operation is literally home-grown: the original owners started a flower nursery in their backyard. There are extensive options for local delivery for Valentine’s Day, and this particular florist also delivers nationwide should you have a need at other times in the year.
This Old Town shop, owned by Kevin Aubrey, has a distinctive style in its novel combinations, and focuses on the idea that “all senses engage with beauty.” For a posh statement, stop by or order one of the signature arrangements for your special person.
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York Flowers is so valued by their clientele that when other florists have closed in recent decades, this business has been entrusted with continuing to care for their customers, too. You can turn to them for your Valentine’s Day needs and beyond. They offer some same-day delivery options, and you may also receive complimentary chocolates on orders of $70 or more! (Subject to timing and availability.)
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While some other florists specialize in locally sourced flowers whenever possible, this business aims to offer the best in high-end, exquisite bouquets, meaning they carefully source flowers from around the world, including Holland and Japan. Check out some of their Valentine’s Day picks here.
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This woman-owned business, with a mother and daughter duo at the helm, delivers beautiful classic bouquets in several novel formats, including their signature boxes that are reusable. They focus on the sender’s experience, and in helping people choose the perfect arrangement or gift for their loved ones.
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If you remember the record snowstorm in February of 2014, then you remember when this flower shop focused on local sourcing and delivery was born– the idea of one women to deliver Valentines. This small shop nestled in the bustle of U Street is worth checking out, particularly for those who are environmentally minded.
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With a variety of different colors, textures, and a range of sophistication, any type of statement you’d like to make is effortless with this McLean shop’s seasonal and everyday offerings. This family-owned business, operating since 1976, has proven experience in providing great service to their customers and community.
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Inspired by modern European floral design, this Georgetown shop aims to provide a minimalist but classic look with breathtakingly unique arrangements. You are best off stopping by or calling ahead of time to make sure they can provide the perfect bouquet, as you can’t see their best options for ordering online and there may be a rush on Valentine’s Day.
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While the owner is inspired by the abundant flowers in Bolivia, where she spent a portion of her childhood, she is also happy to bring her inspiration to the naturally beautiful surroundings of Loudoun County. A great choice for special events in the area, don’t forget to check them out for your seasonal needs or everyday arrangements crafted with special care.
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Family-owned for over 50 years, Bethesda Florist is the one-stop flower shop for locals. Whether you need flowers sent locally or beyond our country’s borders, you can find it at this shop. They have everything from a Fruits and Blooms Basket to phenomenal centerpieces, and best of all, the flowers are flown in fresh daily!
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