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BEST Florist

2012 BEST Florist, West

Winston Flowers

Wellesley

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 »

2011 BEST Florist, South

Winston Flowers

Hingham

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 »

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, North
Photograph by Jessica Scranton

Roses and Thistle

Marblehead

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

Arlington

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 »

2010 BEST Florist, Floral Designer
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Hallie Krechevsky

Cambridge

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
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Twig

Boston

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
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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, 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

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 »