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 Tuesday, 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 or plan to hand them over — and create them! — yourself, here are 10 great local florists (including one boutique plant destination) to choose from.
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, and includes a bear, a box of chocolates, a balloon, and a handwritten message. The bouquet package is currently on sale for $119.99 with same-day delivery, while a dozen red roses runs $84.99. If you’re thinking florals, order soon: Those who wait until the week of could 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. Monday through Friday and until 4 p.m. on Saturday. They're closed Sundays, though Valentine’s hours will be announced soon. (Hours vary at the other location.) Call 480-967-8797 or visit Watson's Flowers online for more arrangements.
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, and Sheehan anticipates hiring around a dozen extra employees for the Valentine’s Day rush.
As an alternative to roses, Sheehan recommends gift-givers try a tropical bouquet, like a bright bird of paradise arrangement from $80.95. For traditionalists, featured Valentine’s arrangements include a single rose (prices vary) or three red roses ($49.95), and a selection of a dozen roses peppered with white lilies and other colorful creations, starting around $60. Not feeling confident in your flower power? The "Florist's Choice for Romance" option ($49.95) is the next best thing to a gift-giving guarantee.
Expect many arrangements 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.
Weekday Valentine’s Days tend to be busy, she says, because of workplace deliveries (available for orders of $40 or more). The shop is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at 1812 East McDowell Road. Sheehan recommends placing orders at least one day before any major holiday. To place orders, visit Arizona Flower Shop's website or call 602-258-8307.
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 Tuesday, February 14, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. for day-of shoppers. (Delivery cut-off time is 2 p.m.)
The affordably priced "With All My Heart" selection ($47.95 to $61.95), is a modest display of heart-shaped beargrass surrounded by roses and red Peruvian lilies, while a can't-go-wrong premium bouquet of red roses with the addition of lilies begins around $139.95. Thinking pink? Take a creative chance, like a glass cylinder of pink orchids ($79.95). 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 $45.95 and top out at $69.95 for a fuller display, like the "So Sweet" selection ($57.95) featuring a red, white, and pink dozen.
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. Monday through Friday and until noon on Saturday. Call 602-266-6648 or visit the Community Florist website for a list of unique arrangements. (Click on www.communityfloristaz.net for the Florists’ Transworld Delivery options also offered here.)
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, like the rose-less "Frida," to $225 for the timeless "Grace," a pale-pink-and-cream spring selection bursting with petals. For an all-in-one gift package, consider the Signature Gift Box, priced from $125 upward.
The special Valentine's edition ($155 for the red or pink moon cactus option, $175 for the inclusion of a petite floral arrangement) comes in a handmade wooden box complete with a Camelback Flowershop soy candle, white chocolate dipped Oreo cookies, Lux coffee beans or Teaspressa black tea, and dark chocolate raspberry truffles, among other sweet treats. (The shop’s popular #freshflowerhappyhour, featuring discounts on loose flowers, will not be available on Friday, February 10.)
The name is a bit of a misnomer, but the storefront hasn’t moved far, and is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 4108 East Indian School Road. Same-day delivery is available with advance notice with a minimum $65 purchase. Call 602-840-4646 or visit the Camelback Flowershop website for orders and delivery details.
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. Monday through Friday and until 3 p.m. on Saturday. Visit Whitehouse Flowers online or call 602-957-0186 for more.
Read on for more Valley florists who do Valentine's Day right.
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 Work Wife" or "The Bae," both delivered on Tuesday, February 14 — and only limited arrangements of each are available. Designed for the #notaredrose person in your life, The Work Wife ($65) includes a double bouquet of lavender roses, Lisianthus, eucalyptus, and an always-trendy succulent, while The Bae ($80) is a timeless take on the traditional, with a dozen red rose beauties wrapped in a classic black bow. Think of it as a grown-up version of last year's bling-worthy bouquet, "The Money Shot."
Orders must be placed on the My Little Posy website for either bouquet (vases are an additional $10), 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 ... so that they can get flowers delivered in their office and you look like the hero."
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 everyday customers.
To keep it simple for shoppers, 1209 Creative is offering three Valentine's Day specials: "In 'Like' With You," "In Love With You," and "Obsessed With You." These petite arrangements run $45 to $125 for pickup, $55 to $135 for delivery, and feature a delicate combination of roses and greenery that includes a handwritten note. Bouquets include white wax flowers, burgundy Hypericum Berries, pink Veronicas, purple Ranunculus, and peach roses. Looking for something less committal but just as sweet? Pick up a mini take-away bouquet ($14), a small mason jar version of the shop's bigger bouquets. Minis are available pick-up Monday, February 13, and Tuesday, February 14. A preorder minimum of three is required. And if you're in the mood for something especially creative, custom designs start at just $25 — vase included.
Orders for each of this year's signature selections must be placed by Friday, February 10, 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 Be Coffee in monOrchid at 214 East Roosevelt Street, between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, February 13, and Tuesday, February 14. (Deliveries will be made the same days between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.) For complete shop details and to place an order, visit the 1209 Creative website.
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) start at $35. Lanier says The Bosque doesn't dip its toe too much into the themed holiday hustle, but customers can expect Valentine's deals like up to 10 percent off storewide.
The Bosque is open for business from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or by appointment. Visit The Bosque's website or call 480-695-9320 for details.
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 10 (roses and carnations may be excluded from that discount), and each shop has extra touches like balloons and stuffed animals to give that bouquet a little something more. Premade options include a boxed bouquet of four roses ($34.99), the "Lovebirds" ($39.99), featuring a pair of birds of paradise accented with red roses and willow, and "Hopelessly Romantic" ($69.99 to $89.99), with mixtures of white Hydrangea, pink roses, and Gerbera daisies in an easy-to-manage bubble bowl. Visit Cactus Flower's website for delivery stipulations and a full range of Valentine's Day options.
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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 — and 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 ($49.95 to $64.95) or the playful "Rainbow Roses" ($69.95 to $79.95), complete with eye-catching orange and yellow roses. Find yourself a flower novice come February 14? The "designer's 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 the Phoenix Flower Shops website or call 480-289-4000.
Editor's note: This post has been updated from its original version, which first appeared in February 2016.