10 Metro Phoenix Florists That Do Valentine's Day Right

Roses are red... and Valentine's Day is Sunday, February 14. Head to one of these Valley florists for a beautiful bouquet for someone special.EXPAND
Roses are red... and Valentine's Day is Sunday, February 14. Head to one of these Valley florists for a beautiful bouquet for someone special.
Janessa Hilliard

Chocolate and candy may be sweeter, but there's no better (and easier) way to say "I love you" / "I like you" / "I want to make your co-workers jealous" than sending a beautiful bouquet on Valentine's Day. The Hallmark holiday falls on Sunday, February 14, this year — and florists across the Valley are already plucking and arranging an array of colorful ways to show someone you care. Whether you want a pre-made design delivered to the office on Friday, or plan to hand them over — and create them! — yourself, here are 10 great local florists (and one boutique plant destination) to choose from.

Whether red roses or a spring bouquet, Watson's Flowers in Mesa has plenty of options for Valentine's Day.EXPAND
Whether red roses or a spring bouquet, Watson's Flowers in Mesa has plenty of options for Valentine's Day.
Janessa Hilliard

Watson's Flowers
It's no surprise that dozens of long-stemmed red roses are the Valentine's Day standard: An oft-anticipated but still always appreciated arrangement. If it's roses you seek, Watson's is the place to visit.

Located on the border of Tempe and Mesa in the East Valley, Watson’s Flowers is a family-owned spot for all things floral. The business began back in 1927 when Irene Watson started going door-to-door selling roses from her own garden, becoming known as The Rose Lady and eventually buying the property that still stands today.

Roses are still the shop’s big draw, and fourth-generation owner Jacob Johnson recommends creating a more original bouquet with Watson’s selection of colored roses — think spring yellows, lavenders, oranges, or smaller spray roses. Other great springtime combinations feature longer-lasting lilies and in-season tulips. "The Works" package is the shop’s most popular choice, including a bear, a box of chocolates, a balloon, and a handwritten message. Orders placed by Monday, February 1, will lock in pre-Valentine's inflation prices — $84.99 for a dozen roses, $110.69 for The Works package — while those who wait until the week of will see prices increase by about $20 across the board.

Visit Watson’s Flowers at 2525 West Main Street in Mesa, or at their sister location at 929 North Val Vista Drive in Gilbert. The shop is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and until 4 p.m. on Saturdays. They're closed Sundays, though Valentine’s hours will be announced soon. (Hours vary at other location.) Call 480-967-8797 or visit www.watsonsflowers.com for more arrangements.

Colorful arrangements in keepsake vases are an affordable option for anyone at Arizona Flower Shop near 16th Street on McDowell Road.EXPAND
Colorful arrangements in keepsake vases are an affordable option for anyone at Arizona Flower Shop near 16th Street on McDowell Road.
Janessa Hilliard

Arizona Flower Shop
Across the freeways, just north of its original 1948 location in downtown Phoenix, Katherine Sheehan’s Arizona Flower Shop is decorated in a sea of red: From the vases to the table-runners to the window displays looking out onto McDowell Road. Valentine’s orders are already coming in (orders placed by Monday, February 1, also avoid the holiday surcharges) and Sheehan anticipates hiring 12 extra employees for the Valentine’s Day rush.

"Friday is going to be the busy day," she says, because of workplace deliveries (available for orders of $40 or more). Saturday will be home deliveries, she says, and though she doesn’t anticipate a lot of walk-ins, she'll stay open on Sunday, February 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for those last-minute buyers.

As an alternative to roses, Sheehan recommends gift-givers try a tropical bouquet, like a bright bird of paradise arrangement for $69.95. For traditionalists, featured Valentine’s arrangements include a single rose in a bud vase ($15-16), shorter styles with carnations ($29.99) or half a dozen roses ($44.95), and a selection of a dozen roses peppered with white lilies ($95). Expect the arrangement to survive between a week and 10 days, as most roses are now bred as hybrids they generally last longer when cared for, Sheehan says. Each bouquet comes with instructions on how to keep stems healthy and when to change water to prolong the life of the flowers — and it works. Once, a customer called to say he’d kept his roses alive for a month, she says.

The shop is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at 1812 East McDowell Road. Arizona Flower Shop is closed Sundays (except the holiday). To place orders, visit www.azflowershop.com or call 602-258-8307.

Looking for an alternative to red roses? Try tulips, says Community Florist's Shelli Walker. Just as pretty — and longer-lasting.EXPAND
Looking for an alternative to red roses? Try tulips, says Community Florist's Shelli Walker. Just as pretty — and longer-lasting.
Janessa Hilliard

Community Florist
On the other side of Central Avenue, Community Florist is already working on an assembly line of bouquets. Owner Shelli Walker recommends ordering early for a better selection, though the florist will be open on Sunday, February 14, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. for day-of shoppers.

The shop’s most popular section, "Two Hearts on Fire" ($99.95), is a modest display of two wire hearts surrounded by six red roses and white hydrangea flowers. A classic design of three red roses with hydrangea runs $59.95, while a premium bouquet with the addition of lilies, is $139.95. While roses are still the favorite, Walker says tulips are becoming more an more popular: partly because they’re in season, but also because they last longer (generally about 10 days) and open and close daily. Specials on tulips start at $39.99 and top out at $79.99 for a fuller display.

Appropriately housed under the old "My Florist" sign on the corner of Seventh Avenue and McDowell Road, Community Florist is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and until noon on Saturdays. Call 602-266-6648 or visit www.communityfloristaz.com for a list of unique arrangements. (Click on www.communityfloristaz.net for the Florists’ Transworld Delivery options also offered here.)

Unconventional, Instagram-able creations are what you'll find at Arcadia's Camelback Flowershop (now on Indian School Road).EXPAND
Unconventional, Instagram-able creations are what you'll find at Arcadia's Camelback Flowershop (now on Indian School Road).
Janessa Hilliard

Camelback Flowershop
Whatever you get your partner or not-so-secret admirer come mid-February, chances are they’ll be posting it all over social media. For the sake of your ego — and their followers — head to Arcadia's Camelback Flowershop for a truly Instagram-able arrangement.

Each year Teresa Wilson's boutique bouquet studio creates new collections for Valentine’s Day, featuring everything from anemone and purple hydrangea to blackberries and burgundy dahlias. In-vase arrangements range from $65 for smaller sizes of spring flowers, to $225 for 18 dark red roses. For an all-in-one gift package, consider the Signature Gift Box, priced from $125 upward. The handmade wooden box comes complete with body polish, chocolate tea, a sweet smelling soy candle, and a Mason Jar floral arrangement. (The shop’s popular #freshflowerhappyhour, featuring discounts on loose flowers, will not be available on Friday, February 12.)

The name is a bit of a misnomer, but the storefront hasn’t moved far. Open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 4108 East Indian School Road. Same-day delivery is available for $20 before Friday, February 12, and for $30 on Sunday, February 14. Call 602-840-4646 or visit www.camelbackflowershop.com for orders and details.

Sometimes petals aren't the focal point — like this half-dozen arrangement from Whitehouse Flowers in the Biltmore area.EXPAND
Sometimes petals aren't the focal point — like this half-dozen arrangement from Whitehouse Flowers in the Biltmore area.
Janessa Hilliard

Whitehouse Flowers
For more than 20 years, Whitehouse Flowers has provided luxury tablescapes and living designs for charity events and parties. The Biltmore-area florist also offers individual designs for day-to-day and special occasions — not least of which is Valentine's Day. 

Though pink and purple hues are a nice alternative to the romantic reds of Valentine’s Day, don’t be afraid to play with other colors, says Whitehouse owner and designer Brian Trahan. Light spring greens and bright oranges are a flirty way to say “I’m thinking of you,” while dramatic vases showing off stems and all create a contemporary look for that dozen or half-dozen rose arrangement. Two dozen red roses run about $250 (a dozen is half-price, at $125). Creative sunflower, hydrangea, or other spring-friendly bouquets run anywhere from $75 to $125.

The biggest mistake people make with flowers? Not changing the water daily, Trahan says. By changing it daily — and replacing it with slightly warm water — stems won’t be as susceptible to shock or bacteria that grows in the vase, he says. Keep an eye on the stems as well, trimming about half an inch off every few days. It’s easiest to do a single flower at a time, he adds, rather than trying to replicate the arrangement yourself.

Delivery service is available for orders over $75, and arrangements are also available for pickup at the florist's home location, 4001 North 24th Street, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and until 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Valentine’s hours may vary, and walk-ins will be able to pick up $30 loose bouquets at Whitehouse's newest retail location just south of Bethany Home Road at 5813 North Seventh Street. Satisfying a sweet tooth? The urban boutique location is working with Brilliant Sky Bakery on a collection of treats and baked goods to give your gift a little something extra. Visit www.whitehouseflowers.com or call 602-957-0186 for more.

 

Go bling or go home with "The Money Shot" bouquet from Scottsdale florist My Little Posy.EXPAND
Go bling or go home with "The Money Shot" bouquet from Scottsdale florist My Little Posy.
Janessa Hilliard

My Little Posy
Though there's no brick-and-mortar shop to stop at for these bouquets, Scottsdale-based My Little Posy offers a hassle-free option for indecisive buyers. The web-front florist features only one select style each day: no substitutions; first-come, first-served, for a $30 flat rate. Daily arrangements feature everything from sunflowers to, well, the company namesake, so you’re never quite sure what floral surprise is in store — except for Valentine's Day.

Pre-orders are required for either The Boss, which goes out on Friday, February 12, or The Money Shot, delivered on Sunday, February 14 — and only 11 arrangements of each are available. The Boss ($60) includes a double bouquet of Pink Floyd roses and a hand-written note, designed to turn heads at the office, while The Money Shot ($70), is a blinged-out take on the traditional red rose, opting instead for Diamante Roses with a rhinestone in the center.

Orders must be placed on www.mylittleposy.com by Monday, February 8, for either bouquet, and the price always includes delivery across the Scottsdale and metro Phoenix area. After all, "The way to your sweetie's heart is through jealous coworkers," says owner and self-proclaimed flower hustler Nezza Blanquera. "You definitely want to send flowers the Friday before Valentine's Day so that they can get flowers delivered in their office and you look like the hero."

For something really special, try a custom design with the help of 1209 Creative.EXPAND
For something really special, try a custom design with the help of 1209 Creative.
Janessa Hilliard

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1209 Creative
Named for the Central City address model Sara Jihan Fassil and makeup artist Sherry Newnom shared during their time as servers at The Windsor, 1209 Creative is an exercise in event planning turned boutique floral destination. Though it began as a design and decorating service for the weddings and events held at Monorchid and catered by Be: Coffee, Food + Stuff (which Fassil and Newnom often worked as bartenders), the online-only business has found a passion — and profit — in making floral creations for every day customers.

To keep it simple for shoppers, 1209 Creative is offering two specials for their first Valentine's Day rush. The first is a petite arrangement of roses and greenery ($45) that includes a handwritten note and delivery. The second is a smaller bouquet (the "Ultra Mini" at $14) designed in an ever-hip Mason Jar, featuring white roses and accompanied by a handwritten love letter. Those looking to express themselves can opt for custom pieces designed with expert help, which run between $60 to 65 (think ranunculus and spider mums rather than roses or tulips).

Orders for each must be placed by Sunday, February 7, to ensure supplies and delivery. "The earlier the better," Jihan says. "A lot goes into flowers — so many things we're still learning every day." Clients who would rather hand-deliver their purchases can pick them up at The Bosque in Monorchid at 214 East Roosevelt Street, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, and Sunday, February 14. To place an order or discuss a custom design, email jihan@1209creative.com or call/text 480-220-5416. For complete shop details, visit www.1209creative.com.

Significant other lacking a green thumb? Start small with a $5 succulent special at The Bosque in downtown Phoenix.EXPAND
Significant other lacking a green thumb? Start small with a $5 succulent special at The Bosque in downtown Phoenix.
Janessa Hilliard

The Bosque
Sometimes greenery that will survive longer than roses is the way to go — especially if your partner isn’t the most capable at keeping bouquets alive. Enter The Bosque, a downtown destination for low-maintenence and unusual plants.

Shop owner Michael Lanier is offering discounts on a number of Pinterest-friendly plant options, like desert (and grey thumb) -friendly succulent gardens. These living bouquets come in two tabletop sizes starting at $36: Small sizes feature four co-habitating plants and large pots boast upward of six. Orchids or other "permanent" flowers (which last between four and six months) range from $15 to $70. Living gifts, like solo succulents and prickly plants, start at $5 each, and terrarium designs (already inhabited by both greenery and a plastic dinosaur) will have their prices slashed to $35.

The Bosque is open for business from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and until 3 p.m. Saturdays. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays and by appointment. Visit www.thebosque.life or call 480-695-9320 for details.

The "White Hot" from Cactus Flower proves red roses aren't the only sexy selection out there.EXPAND
The "White Hot" from Cactus Flower proves red roses aren't the only sexy selection out there.
Janessa Hilliard

Cactus Flower
Whether you’ve had a plan for weeks or wake up at a loss on Valentine's Day, Cactus Flower florists is a great drop-in option. The company has five storefronts crisscrossing the Valley from Carefree to Chandler, and each will be open throughout Valentine’s weekend (some as late as 4 or 6 p.m.) — though individual store hours may vary.

The best-seller is always the dozen red roses, says marketing director Alexandra Duemer, but for something a little less expected — while equally stunning and in the same family — try garden roses. They look a little like peonies, with their large petals and lush fragrances, but they last longer than traditional roses, she says, growing more beautiful and open each day.

For build-it-yourself enthusiasts, Cactus Flowers will offer its 50 percent off loose flowers promotion from noon to close on Friday, February 12 (roses and carnations will be excluded from that discount), and each shop has extra touches like balloons and stuffed animals to give that bouquet a little something more. Pre-made options include "Love Me Tender" ($84.99) and "Playful Pink" ($179.99), with mixtures of garden and spray roses in an easy-to-manage bubble bowl, and the elegant, and aptly named, "White Hot" ($149.99), highlighting white roses, cala lilies, cymbidium orchids, and hydrangea. Visit www.cactusflower.com for delivery stipulations and a full range of Valentine's Day options.

10 Metro Phoenix Florists That Do Valentine's Day RightEXPAND
Janessa Hilliard

Phoenix Flower Shops
In 40 years, the florist that borrows its name from the city it serves has blossomed into nine locations, including Sun City West, Glendale, and Tempe — so there's bound to be one close by. Whether you're hunting for a small arrangement or a bigger bouquet, Phoenix Flower Shops has options in nearly every size spanning most budgets. 

Go bold and creative with "Blooming Love" ($74.95) with pink lilies, deep purple aster, carnations, and a handful of red roses for a good measure. For something less dramatic but equally eye-catching, choose from the Pink Lily Bouquet ($39.95 to $64.95) or the striking yet modern "Orchid Cube" ($42.95) with pale peach-pink cymbidium orchids accompanied by tiny lavender blossoms to catch the eye. Find yourself flower novice come February 14? The "designers choice" arrangements are up to the disclosure of the florists at hand, and range from $39.95 to $149.95. Sometimes bouquets are best left to the pros.

Location hours vary, so for details and online ordering, visit www.phoenixflowershops.com or call 480-289-4000.


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