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Staff Picks: 10 Fabulous Flower Shops

photo by Liz West

One needn’t wait for April showers nor May sunshine to start thinking about flowers. The annual Canada Blooms floral and gardening expo is just days away (it opens March 16), and year-round you can visit numerous quality florists for everything from a gorgeous bouquet for a date night to perfect arrangements for your home or event. Check out our
10 handpicked favourites after the jump.

The Chocolate Tulip
In addition to exquisite floral designing for your special occasions, this one-stop Rosedale shop provides flowers, goodies from French chocolatier Michel Cluizel, and made-to-order gift baskets. 1251 Yonge St., 416-921-5559.

Coriander Girl
Choose from a variety of well-curated gift items and greeting cards when you pick up a fresh or dried bouquet tailored to suit your budget at this cottage-chic Parkdale boutique.
1537 Queen St. W., 416-532-3333.

Eco Stems
This environmentally conscious florist uses locally and organically grown flowers for its award-winning arrangements. Living up to its name, the shop is powered by green energy, and even repurposes floral containers, enabling you give a bit back to the Earth as you enjoy the stems and petals grown by it. 267 Queen St. E., 416-214-6479.

Flower Creations
With a huge selection of fresh flowers and plants imported from all over the world, Flower Creations offers beautiful bouquets, elegant arrangements and gift baskets. The diverse stock at two Toronto locations ranges from sunflowers to exotics, while other gifts like fruit baskets are also available. 121 King St. W., 416-364-2395; 77 King St. W., 416-861-8698.

Kay and Young
Whether it’s for a date night bouquet, a wedding or just to brighten up your home (or even your hotel room), you’ll find options galore at this longstanding florist, which features one of the broadest selections of fresh-cut—and very reasonably priced—flowers in the city.
136 Avenue Rd., 416-922-5651.

Ladybug
Expert floral designers work to customize arrangements for any taste—whether you prefer simple and traditional or the wow factor of something more avant-garde—at this florist’s two locations. Both shops are well known for offering patient and insightful service.
513 Church St., 416-922-9971; 2912 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 416-255-6500.

Lilium
In addition to fantastically classic European-inspired bouquets, this Yorkville favourite helps you bring home more than just some pretty blooms—courses and workshops in floral design are offered by owner Phyllis Lill. 41 Hazelton Ave., 416-482-0364.

Pink Twig
The staff at this urbane shop are infectiously upbeat. It must have sometime to do with being surrounded by all the lovely daisies, roses, orchids and more, not to mention stylish flower pots and vases, green plants and even select artisan treats. 711 College St., 416-537-7465.

Rose Emporium
If you think red roses are beautiful, you’ll be in for a surprise at this aptly named florist, which specializes in an array of colours and varieties of the iconic bloom, including the bold pink “Hot Princess” and soft mauve “Blue Curiosa.” 204 Dupont St., 416-922-9909

Stemz
Oozing elegance, this petal pusher provides sophisticated arrangements for weddings and special events, often working with leading event management companies to ensure perfection on your special day. 783 Queen St. E., 416-686-8582.

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