Best of Boston

BEST Florist

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»

2006 BEST Florist, North

Les Fleurs


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



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

Designing Images Florist


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

Winston Flowers & Garden


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

Petal & Leaf

Jamaica Plain

Nothing spruces up a space like fresh flowers. And no florist arranges fresh flowers quite like Jamaica Plain’s Petal & Leaf. From spare, arty decorations to lively, full bouquets, owner Cat Thomson’s creative floral stylings include short-stemmed pavé groupings of… read more»

2005 BEST Florist, North

Les Fleurs


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


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»

2005 BEST Florist, West

Winston Flowers


Winston has cornered the petal market west of Boston. Its bright blooms are consistently the freshest around, and whether you want rare lilies or timeless red roses, Winston always finds your flowers. Plus, its unique year-round arrangements and gourmet gift… read more»

2004 BEST Florist

Ilex Designs


There are floral bouquets, and then there is floral art. Ilex is in the latter category, orchestrating fields full of fresh blooms—luminescent calla lilies with orchids and fluffy penoes with full-petaled, butter-hued French tulips. Even the simplest of arrangements are… read more»