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DESIGN & STYLE

Melbourne's Best Florists for Making Grand Gestures

There's nothing like a big, vibrant bunch of freshly-cut blooms to turn a frown upside down. 
By Libby Curran
April 26, 2021
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By Libby Curran
April 26, 2021
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MELBOURNE'S BEST FLORISTS FOR MAKING GRAND GESTURES

There's nothing like a big, vibrant bunch of freshly-cut blooms to turn a frown upside down. 

Whether you're in desperate need of some extra brownie points, or you're letting someone know they're pretty ace, flowers are a sure-fire way of imparting some warm and fuzzy feelings. After all, there's nothing like a big, vibrant bunch of freshly-cut blooms to turn a frown upside down.

We've rounded up some of Melbourne's finest floral artists — seven studios creating swoon-worthy bouquets and show-stopping arrangements for all occasions. Next time you want to say it with flowers, check out this lineup of Melbourne floristry stars — from the sustainability-focused to the downright luxurious and every kind in-between. And most of them can deliver those blooms with just a few clicks of your mouse.

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    Fig & Bloom

    Drawing on a long background in the fashion world and then studying under the expert tutelage of Queen Elizabeth’s principal florist, Kellie Brown launched her flower design business, Fig & Bloom, back in 2015. Alongside their sibling store in Sydney, the Kew studio has won itself an abundance of loyal fans, earning a name for its bold aesthetic and wide-ranging collection of blooms. You’ll find stunning signature bouquets inspired and named after far-flung destinations like Pyrenees, Umbria and Lisbon — a holiday fix in a vase, if you will. Or, let the team craft you a bespoke arrangement, based on that morning’s market haul. There’s even a specialty range of ‘bro-quets’, with proceeds going to support Gotcha4Life’s work with men’s mental health.

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    Kate Hill Flowers

    In the world of floral artistry, Kate Hill has earned a reputation as a master of luxury. So if it’s some wow factor you’re seeking, her namesake Southbank studio is the place to start. Just ask the many celebrities, upscale boutiques and high-end hotels for whom she’s created works. Up your gifting game with a signature arrangement or vase-held design, or let the team put together a custom piece crafted around your preferred colours and style. Or hey, why not treat yourself to a sweet-smelling bouquet, orchid or peace lily to brighten up your own pad?

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    From statement-making tropical blooms to elegant natives, Botanics of Melbourne sources seasonal flowers from all across the globe to create its stunning floral designs. Dose up on colour, scent and plenty of inspiration with a trip to the inviting South Yarra store, or jump online to check out the expansive selection of bouquets and arrangements available for home delivery. You can order your flowers gift-wrapped or displayed in your choice of contemporary vase, and there’s the option to really make someone’s day by adding extras like chocolates, macarons and wine.

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    Fowlers Flowers

    Sibling and next-door neighbour to northside cafe Mixed Business, Clifton Hill’s Fowlers Flowers is a little haven of a shopfront, filled with colourful blooms and certain inspiration for that special arrangement. A local favourite for over ten years, its expert florists are just as skilled at creating hand-tied, custom bouquets as they are decking out events with a litany of vibrant blooms that are guaranteed to impress. Here, seasonality is always celebrated and there’s a strong commitment to sustainable practices.

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    Whitemoss

    As a customer of Whitemoss, you know you’re in some very good company — the Richmond-based florist has created dreamy floral designs for the likes of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Arts Centre, ACMI and more. You can either pop past the Leggo Place studio to browse those blooms in person, or shop the online store to send something special with just a couple of clicks. You can even add on extras like champagne and chocolate to your delivery order. Not sure where to even begin? These guys will help guide you to your ideal gift bouquet with suggested themes like ‘pretty and feminine’, ‘avant garde’ and ‘unique and textural’.

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    Clover Flower Co

    After a glimpse and a whiff of Clover Flower’s vibrant, considered designs, it’s hard not to feel instantly buoyed. Margaret Ransfield’s Seddon and CBD stores have become a go-to for their expertly-curated arrangements and colourful bouquets, ranging from the bold and romantic to the petite and whimsical. You’ll find statement pieces destined to wow — like the aptly named Heartbreaker, along with timeless posies of seasonal blooms that are perfect for imparting some instant warm and fuzzies. If you’re shopping in the online store, you can pimp out your order with a swag of extras including vases, bath salts and candles.

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    Flowers Vasette

    This Brunswick Street mainstay packs a visual punch from the moment you peek through the front window, which is lush and brimming with a renowned collection of greenery and fresh blooms. Founded way back in 1989, the business has won itself a stack of awards and pulled scores of high-profile clients. Supplies from some of the country’s leading specialist growers ensure some truly unique bouquets and arrangements, whether you’re shopping for something small or mighty — like the endlessly dramatic Rouge creation. Keep an eye out, too, for some unique floral species grown in founder Cherrie Miriklis’ own grand Dandenong Ranges garden.

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Image: Flowers Vasette

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