Melbourne is filled with a plethora of inventive, impressive and highly-skilled florists. Here's just a few to visit ahead of Mother's Day.
247 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Since opening in 1989, Flowers Vasette has become one of Melbourne’s favourite florists, especially for events. It has a dedicated events and weddings team, and caters for those organising large-scale soirees to small, intimate occasions. Vasette is known for its variety of flowers and preference for natural presentation. Think posies wrapped in simple white paper tied with drawstring.
Mon, Wed & Fri, 8am–7pm
Tues, Thurs & Sat, 7am–7pm
1/199 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Nicholas Minton-Connell’s Pollon Flowers is located in the Chapter House building on Flinders Lane, adjoining St Pauls Cathedral. Like the building in which its housed, the florist is a blend of old and new, with vintage paintings and recycled beer crates alongside luxury candles, homewares and, of course, flowers. Minton-Connell used to work in visual merchandising for Dior and Selfridges, and it shows, with window installations that often stop passers-by in their tracks. His simple but elegant floral arrangements can be seen in the top fashion boutiques around the city. Pollon caters for walk-in customers, as well as weddings and events.
Mon to Fri, 8.30am–5.30pm
44 Cremorne Street, Cremorne
Paul Hyland, owner of the multifaceted Glasshaus flower and garden business, has been in the industry since he was 13 years old. He likes to experiment with unusual and varied plant varieties, and this shows at his nursery and florist. His large warehouse space in Cremorne feels like a rainforest, with light filtering in over wooden beams and the pots and greenery expanding out before you. A large wall is dedicated to flowers, where you can select a single stem or plan out a large installation. You’ll find bunches composed not just of flowers but bark and branches, with arrangements that combine multiple floral varieties with style and flair.
Mon to Fri, 9am–5.30pm
The Little Market Bunch
Affordable and simple flower delivery is Katrina Hatenfield’s objective with The Little Market Bunch. It’s an online-only flower delivery service that takes away the tyranny of choice. You only have two options here: a posy of flowers or a jar of them. The Little Market Bunch creates a different bunch of flowers each day, and wraps them in hessian, giving every bunch a rustic quality whether in a posy or jar. You can add T2 tea, house-made candles or artisan marshmallows to your delivery too. The Little Market is available Monday to Friday, and delivered to your door. Online only.
31 Sackville Street, Collingwood
Charlie Lawler and Wona Bae are the creative masterminds behind this jungle-like oasis in Collingwood (and the book of the same name), which is half retail space and half botanical studio. Bae and Lawler met in Germany when he was working for the UN and she was doing her masters in floristry. Bae grew up on a flower farm, and ran her own shop in Korea for seven years. Lawler's grandparents owned a nursery in Hobart, and he has a background in permaculture. They share the space in Collingwood, with Bae’s variety of fresh, seasonal blooms in the front, and Lawler’s hardy, low-maintenance plants and exotic-looking succulents in the back. You’ll also find intricate terrariums by Lulu & Angel, and larger plants and pots. Walk in, or enlist Loose Leaf for your next event.
Thurs to Sat, 10am–5pm
As you turn into Driver Lane in the city, you’ll be hit by the smell of flowers from My Flowerhouse. If you’re an indecisive buyer, this florist is here to help, with a menu of four custom floral recipes: love, harmony, passion and balance. The categories are based on different colour tones (Balance works with greens, while Harmony is made up of whites) and themes to help make your choice easier. There’s also a range of pot plants and terrariums. My Flowerhouse also offers floristry classes, including workshops and seasonal sessions.
1300 075 900
Mon to Sat, 9am–6pm
Azalea Flowers, at the South Melbourne Market, specialises in Australian natives. Michael Pavlou and his team work closely with growers from the Dandenong Ranges, Cranbourne and Pakenham, and the store also stocks a large and often unusual array of indoor plants. Pavlou encourages customers to get creative in choosing their arrangements.
Tues to Thurs, 8am–4pm
Sat & Sun, 8am–4pm
Community is the name of the game for Emily Bradbury, owner of North St Botanical. With a focus on sourcing local flowers and homewares, the store is a hub of eclectic styles, with exposed brick walls and draping greenery spread over two rooms and an outdoor nursery. There’s a large display of flowers as soon as you walk in the door, while the nursery is filled with large plants and cacti. North Street is focused on natural styling and works with seasonal blooms and natural materials. The shop dog, Fenix, is also there to keep you company.
Mon to Sat, 9am–6pm
After more than 20 years in the flower business, Jane Louise has become a leader in sustainable floristry. After seeing the waste and harm in using disposable plastics and oasis foam, she now uses upcycled gin bottles for vases, recycled plastics and local flowers. Louise designs floral arrangements for all events, taking online, email or call orders. The florist also shares a space with a vegan cafe and record store. You can shop online round the clock, with deliveries from Tuesday to Saturday. In-store visits from Tuesday to Friday are by appointment only.
0419 562 253
Botanics of Melbourne
356 Punt Road, South Yarra
Botanics of Melbourne made a name for itself by creating large floral structures and centrepieces, including suspended installations for events. The florist likes to push the boundaries and has a “no rules” philosophy. The store has a dramatic two-storey atrium filled with indoor plants and greenery with natural light, and draping plants reach all corners.
Mon to Sun, 8am–8pm
Bridge Road Florist
597–599 Bridge Road, Richmond
This is the florist that never closes. Literally. The antique shop turned florist has been open for 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the past 30 years; owner Jill McIntyre has been selling flowers for more than 40. With years of knowledge you can expect a vibrant and diverse range of flowers, which are combined to create classic and striking arrangements. There are set prices for size, and flowers are bought by the bunch. Enormous variety.
Mon to Sun, 12am–12am
Fowlers Flowers opened in Clifton Hill in 2010 and quickly gained popularity thanks to its distinctive footpath and window displays, and shrewd floral selection. Stepping into Fowlers is like entering a cosy vintage clothes shop and a retro garden shed all at once, and the ethos here is 'let the flowers speak for themselves'. Simplicity and a strong environmental conscience are the hallmarks of the store, which has a focus on sustainability.
Tue, 10am-6pm Wed to Fri 8.30am-6pm Sat 9am-5pm Sun 9am-4pm