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BEST Florist

2012 BEST Florist, West

Winston Flowers


There are plenty of ready-made arrangements at this luxe chain’s Wellesley location, but if you desire something one-of-a-kind, the talented in-store designers will whip up a stunner to fit any occasion. There’s also an impressive assortment of versatile vessels and… read more»

2012 BEST Florist

New Leaf Flores

Jamaica Plain

It takes a true artist to put flowers together with panache. New Leaf Flores co-owners Jeb Taylor and Daniel Lopez-Ospina craft stunning floral designs with a twist—be it an unexpected color, shape, or texture. The shop itself, meanwhile, is a… read more»

2011 BEST Florist, North
Photograph by Jessica Scranton

Roses and Thistle


With their bright green walls and bevy of blooms, Tracey Scott’s shops are verdant, Zenlike refuges. Browse the spectacular orchids, succulents, and colorful vases, or order a table arrangement for the dinner party you’re hosting next week — Roses and… read more»

2011 BEST Florist, West

Derby Farm Flowers & Gardens


Basic blooms may get the job done, but why stop there? Order one of owner Barbara Popolow’s spectacular bouquets — a cluster of tulips and hyacinths, perhaps? — then add in little extras, like Chapon chocolates from France, to be… read more»

2011 BEST Florist

New Leaf Flores

Jamaica Plain

From 1 to 3 p.m. each day, Jeb Taylor and Daniel Lopez-Ospina close up their petite J.P. shop for an afternoon siesta. Perhaps that’s when they dream up otherworldly designs for their host of high-end clients, from the Boston Lyric… read more»

2011 BEST Florist, South

Winston Flowers


Another housewarming party doesn’t have to mean another lame potted plant—at least not if it’s from this venerable local chain’s Hingham outpost, which boasts not only beautiful cut flowers and ready-made arrangements, but also a wide variety of orchids and… read more»

2010 BEST Florist, Floral Designer

Hallie Krechevsky


It’s the thought that counts, but too often pricey flower arrangements arrive as if no thought went into them at all. Not so in Hallie Krachevsky’s shop, where she lovingly assembles seasonal blossoms—many of them local—into mini masterpieces. And the… read more»

2009 BEST Florist



Unless they’re dead (or dyed), we welcome almost any flowers that come our way—which is why it takes an outstanding florist to go beyond pretty, and deliver pretty damn amazing. Winston earns points for reliably gorgeous arrangements, but just as… read more»

2008 BEST Florist

Ilex Designs


Unlike those florists who oversalt otherwise decent bouquets with fillers and flourishes, Ilex co-owners Andrew Anderson and Carol Sharp are as restrained with their creations as gourmet chefs. Working with the freshest specimens of ingredients both familiar (peonies, roses) and… read more»

2007 BEST Florist, North



Reaching for romance, many florists dress their posies in frills of ribbon and corsets of ferns: courtly, demure, a peck on the cheek. Contrast that with the stripped-down sensuality of Fiddlehead, which treats flowers as the sirens they are. The… read more»