Best of Boston

BEST Florist

2008 BEST Florist
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Ilex Designs

Boston

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

Twig

Boston

Some florists scare you off with raggedly stocked refrigerator cases and their fondness for baby’s breath and similarly out-of-date fillers. Others make you nervous with their don’t-touch austerity (hey, where are all the flowers?). Twig, though, gets it just right:… read more»

2007 BEST Florist, North

Fiddlehead

Salem

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»

2007 BEST Florist, South

Winston Flowers

Hingham

This family-owned company, which began as a Newbury Street pushcart more than 50 years ago and now has seven stores to its name, seems to thrive in any soil, be it city or suburb. The outpost on Hingham’s main strip… read more»

2006 BEST Florist, North
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Les Fleurs

Andover

There’s not a sprig of baby’s breath, tacky filler greenery, or tinsel-like anything in sight at this Andover florist. The bright, tasteful store contains classically beautiful, Parisian-style arrangements of French roses, tulips, and lilacs, and has an attentive staff that… read more»

2006 BEST Florist
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Twig

Boston

Every girl may like flowers, but a guy won’t score any points with droopy Stop & Shop carnations. A truly thoughtful gesture calls for one of Twig’s custom bouquets or topiary trees. Overflowing buckets of fresh local hydrangeas and asters… read more»

2006 BEST Florist, South
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Designing Images Florist

Randolph

Somewhere way, way over on the other side of the petal-pusher spectrum from 1-800-FLOWERS sits Randolph’s Designing Images. Owner Carole Beltis-Piché imports exotic blooms—cherry blossoms, casablanca lilies, champagne roses—from locales such as Hawaii and Holland and is always upfront about… read more»

2006 BEST Florist, West
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Winston Flowers & Garden

Newton

Winston’s Newton store feels more like a mom-and-pop shop than the Boston area florist’s biggest location. The mind-boggling array of blooms on offer includes roses, hydrangeas, peonies, calla lilies, and arty, twisted sea grass. And the resourceful, creative staffers will… read more»

2005 BEST Florist, North

Les Fleurs

Andover

Need beautiful blossoms on a budget? Or want to splurge on an awesome arrangement? Whatever you need, Les Fleurs will customize flawless floral bouquets for the occasion—without the snooty airs often put on at upscale shops. It caters to all… read more»

2005 BEST Florist, South

The Hingham Greenery

Hingham

The ability to arrange—to conjure and orchestrate—is what makes a flawless florist. That’s who you’ll find hard at work at the Hingham Greenery. They’ll form your bouquet from the shop’s pristine white roses, yellow forsythia, or giant lilies. The colossal… read more»