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.

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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.


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