We’re suckers for a pretty posy. And though we’d prefer a bunch of flowers on any day other than Valentine’s Day, if you’ve got little time in the lead-up to February 14, we suggestion you stop into to one of theses florists for some help. Gone is the brightly coloured cellophane, green foam and lurid ribbons. Modern floristry is all about local produce, sustainable practices and a contemporary aesthetic that allows the beauty of the flowers to speak for itself. Some are tucked away, off main roads and behind discreet shop-fronts, but we promise you won’t be disappointed when you find the pick of the bunch.
Florist and owner Antonia Georgas has created a charming store, tucked away in the back streets of Paddington and overflowing with fresh cuts. The flowers here are a little bit rustic and wild, and it’s romantic and ultra-feminine space, with vintage vases sitting atop antique cabinets. Georgas and her team are offering a range of Valentine’s Day specials, pairing Columbian roses with chocolates, candles and the like, which can be delivered anywhere in Sydney.
264 Glenmore Road, Paddington
(02) 8668 5172
Saskia Haevkes’ store has been tucked behind its unassuming shop-front in Potts Point for several years now and has grown to become a leading florist both in Australia and overseas. Her designs have regularly been featured in fashion shoots and celebrity weddings and she has even released her own book, Grandiflora Celebrations. Stepping through the front door of her shop is like stepping into a greenhouse of exotic plants, making it a popular choice for those in the know, so make sure to book in advance.
12 Macleay Street, Potts Point
(02) 9357 7902
The small shop-front overflows onto the footpath outside, transforming the concrete jungle of downtown Potts Point into something welcoming and lush. There is a range of potted plants – both large and small – and fresh flowers on sale here as the owner has a background in landscape architecture. Expect modern, sculptural bouquets and unusual combinations from PoHo. Delivery is available throughout the greater Sydney area.
117 Macleay St, Potts Point
(02) 9331 4333
Maggie May Flowers
Maggie May has become a Bondi institution since opening several years back. Formerly based in London and New York, florists and founders Jenni May and Alexandra Joel are creating dreamy, sculptural arrangements that are fresh and modern. Delivery is also available Sydney-wide. May and Joel pride themselves on producing affordable, quality arrangements for locals and while Valentine’s Day is sure to be a busy one, they are all too happy to tailor their services to fit their customers. 5/177 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
(02) 9365 3500
Founded by Shane Garland several years ago and now owned by Ferdinando de Freitas, Garlands is located within the St Margarets precinct, not far from Taylor Square in Surry Hills. They stock a range of fresh flowers and potted plants and frequently use leaves, sticks, husks and twines to create rich, natural looks. For Valentine’s Day they have numerous options to suit a variety of budgets, starting from $14 for a single, wrapped red rose. Delivery is available Sydney-wide. Shop 11, The Chapel at St Margarets
423 Bourke Street, Surry Hills (02) 9357 7900