Tick-tock, tick-tock! That big day for lovers, 14 February, is almost here. Don’t fight over the last droopy bunch of supermarket flowers. Get your order in at one of the city’s top florists – though with this list you could wing it on the day.
Flowers Round The Hours
This flower-filled kiosk outside the Melbourne Town Hall has been helping love on its way since the 1920s. Really helping, every day, from 7am until late early in the week, and round the clock Thursday to Saturday. As Flowers Round The Hours owner John Annert wisely says, “love doesn’t finish at 5pm when the shops close”.
The ever-changing window displays at this Flinders Lane florist are always gorgeously, daringly creative. Want to make a romantic statement along the same lines, instead of the usual unimaginative dozen long-stem red roses? Then step inside and discuss the arrangement that’s going to say it with flowers. The Pollon Flowers floral artists await, 8.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday.
Flowers by The Road Stall
Back in 1971, a family flower farm in what was then country Victoria opened a roadside stall. More than 40 years later, that Monbulk institution sprouted a CBD outlet, Flowers by The Road Stall. They also offer farm-fresh blooms and foliage that, just like in the good old days, aren’t wrapped in plastic. This eco-friendly florist uses recycled paper instead, and also recycles their green waste.
Queen St Flower Co
For flowers worthy of the queen or king of your heart, get along to the Queen St Flower Co. Whether it’s classic, pretty petals or bold natives, a little posy or massive arrangement, your true love is in for some royal treatment. Include delivery, if surprise or proving you’ve got your shiz together is part of your living, loving gift.
Queen Victoria Market florists
Melbourne’s hot spot for fresh food is also spot on when it comes to fresh flowers. Queen Victoria Market’s florists include Camellia Flowers at the Peel Street end of Shed B, and Joe Leuzzi Flowers on Therry Street. Have you discovered Qn Flowers on quirky String Bean Alley? Just remember that the market closes at 2pm on Thursdays, including Valentine’s Day.
Melbourne Flower Merchant
An industrial-chic architect-designed space shortlisted for the 2017 Australian Interior Design Awards is the setting for flowers that are even more dramatic. This is the kind of florist where you’ll want to go big, bold and beautiful with your Valentine’s Day selection. Changing with the seasons and the times, the flora at Melbourne Flower Merchant is always fresh and fetching.
Sarah McDonald was in the floral industry for 20 years before she opened Casa Verde (‘green house’ in Spanish) in 2010. So a whole lot of experience and passion for flowers goes into every bunch gathered here on North Melbourne’s intriguing Errol Street. Come inside and be inspired by the bewitching blooms tucked into the vintage curios she’s collected on her travels.
Garden State x Clover pop-up florist
Get a rosé with your roses at a luxe florist pop-up, setting up shop at the always chic Garden State Hotel. From 12 to 14 February, the GS front windows will be transformed into a boutique store selling gorgeous textured arrangements and romantic bouquets – courtesy of Melbourne-based studio Clover Flowers. Swing by on your lunch break or pop in after work for the perfect bloom.
This Carlton florist opened in 2011, but owner Deanne Hibberd and her clever team bring many years experience to Grattans Flowers. They’re equally adept at creating classic arrangements that traditional romantics adore and contemporary takes for fashion forward lovers. So whatever kind of flower power you need on Valentine’s Day, they’ve got you covered.
Looking for more Valentine’s ideas?
There are lots of other florists to choose from around town, as well as romantic experiences like Valentine’s Day in Docklands. This 14 February-only package whisks you and your boo from sunset Champagne cruise to three-course dinner on the waterfront.
Or indulge together at Botanica Day Spa Australia, where pampering packages can include a gourmet lunch complete with Champagne.