By Gabrielle Pedriani | April 27, 2016 | Lifestyle
Nothing says spring like the scent of fresh flowers. From rich arrangements flush with roses to rustic wildflower assortments, we’d be hard-pressed to find a warm weather celebration that wouldn’t warrant a beautiful bouquet. If you need to take your flower selection one step beyond your local bodega, these florists and floral designers are an assured way to impress moms, grads, brides-to-be, or anyone on your spring gift list.
Started by a former Wall Street maven, B Floral Design takes the flower business to the next level by using its employees’ business and marketing backgrounds to create a custom, strategically-designed event for its list of upscale clientele. Honing in on the differentiating details of each project, B Floral caters to those in search of an authentically unique floral design devoted to both quality and originality. 153 W. 27th St., Ste. 505
Specializing in classic, simple bespoke designs, Élan in Tribeca even offers porcelain scent diffusers with select assortments, elevating the already refined arrangements to haute heights. From garden roses and seasonal spring pink peonies, to living options like Élan’s signature orchids and cloche terrariums, to personalized garden installations and maintenance, Élan’s refined aesthetic is ideal for weddings, corporate events, and beyond. 85 Franklin St., Tribeca, 212-240-9033
Inspired by a childhood gardening in Mexico City, Ovando founder Sandra de Ovando pursued design before eventually launching the first Ovando in the West Village. Recognized for dramatic designs, vibrant colors, and eye-catching compositions, Ovando is a favorite for eccentric fashion displays and awe-inspiring arrangements. 19 E. 65th St., 212-988-2600; 91 Christopher St., 212-924-7873
Blessed with an undeniable knack for whimsy, Denise Porcaro of Flower Girl NYC got her start in film design before she eventually fell into the flower business. Her flowers always reflect the seasonal offerings of New York City, with creations ranging from Vintage Find, which fills a vintage tin from the company’s collection with various rustic selections, to The Boho Chic City Hall Bride full of unexpected flora, to Il Tropicale using modern glassware and eclectic colors, Flower Girl NYC is anything but basic. Flower crowns, candles, teas, and chocolates are also available at the unique boutique. 245 Eldridge St., 212-777-0050
If the greenery is as important as the gorgeous flowers, Polux Fleuriste is the ideal floral designer for you. Incorporating atypical organic elements into each arrangement, founder Anouchka Martin is devoted to “showcasing nature in its truest form,” crafting handmade creations for any occasion inspired by her origins in the south of France. 120 W. 28th St., 2Q
Petal by Pedal is a true local feat—harnessing the work of area growers to offer a unique twist on a traditional business. Sourced from nearby locations, such as The Youth Farm, Fantastic Gardens, and The Brooklyn Grange, every season-dependent bouquet is florist’s-choice and hand-delivered on signature bikes. Take a workshop to learn the art of bouquet making or indulge in a subscription service for a routine dose of floral reinvigoration.
If you’re too busy to bother with a city-sourced bouquet, try The Bouqs Co.—an online option focused on freshness. Cut from sustainable, eco-friendly farms and sent the same day, the curated floral boutique sources volcano stems from the equator and American-cut flowers from the coasts, bringing together the best of the best into a limited offering of custom bouquets, or “bouqs.”
A feast for fashion-lovers’ sore eyes, this Japanese floral designer is a notable favorite for heavy-hitters like Anna Wintour, Manolo Blahnik, Tabitha Simmons, Michael Kors, and Isaac Mizrahi. Originally inspired by wildlife in Tokyo, Miho opened her boutique in 1981, and soon became a New York institution and integral part of the fashion floral scene. 310 E. 44th St., 212-922-9122