Selling fresh flowers is a lively business in Big Apple. Consumers can get bouquets, single stems, and potted plants at most Brooklyn farmers markets, some upscale bodegas, many larger supermarkets, garden nurseries and of course from florists.
What's the Difference Between Florists' Flowers and the Cheaper Bouquets Sold at Grocery Stores?
The cheapest way to buy flowers in Brooklyn is just to pick up a pre-packaged bouquet for $5 to $12 or so at a local grocery store or bodgega. Or, get two bouquets of tulips, roses or the other flowers, take them home and, if you dare, make your own bouquet. But, of course, if you want to give flowers as a gift, then you'll have to deliver them yourself.
Precisely because so many little local groceries in neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and others, regularly sell flowers, these familiar bouquets may not seem quite so special for a special event. So, if the budget allows, you might want to spring for a more expensive and customized floral bouquet for, say, Valentine's Day or Mother's Day, and buy your gift at a florist.
In theory, here's what you'll get from a florist: personalized service, delivery at the time you specify, and most importantly, the freshest and sometimes very unique and beautiful flowers. You're also paying for expertise; florists have an eye for different kinds and color of even the most standard varieties of cut flowers or potted plant. And, there's the convenience factor: a florist can deliver the flowers in either a bouquet or a vase. They will add leaves or smaller filler flowers to make the arrangement more formal, fuller, or more interesting visually.
But before you set foot in the door of your local florist (or place a call), decide your budget. Using a florist will cost about double (sometimes more) the amount you'd pay for a more humdrum grocery store bouquet. Flowers are often priced by the stem.
Like Hair Salons & Restaurants, Florists Each Have Their Own Style
But which Brooklyn florist to call? Like small restaurants, Brooklyn's mom-and-pop florists each have their own flair and sensibility. If you're lucky, you'll have a florist in the area whose aesthetic sensibility you appreciate and whose floral arrangements strike you as just simply beautiful.
Most people like to use the florist closest to where the flowers will be delivered. That's smart, because flowers are delicate and don't necessarily travel well.
Finally, as an alternative to cut flowers, you can get plants. If you're looking for garden supplies and standard potted flowers at a decent price with personal service, go to any of Brooklyn's various nurseries. (Where to Buy Flowers, Trees, Plants in Brooklyn - Nurseries & Plant Sales).