FLORISTS

A GUIDE TO SYDNEY’S BEST FLORISTS

We give you our 10 top Sydney florists.

October 6, 2017

The go-to places and names we can’t live without the best blooms used by PRs, celebrities and stylists. Among them are the names whose look and influence have been monumental on our homes (people now play with pattern and texture, duplicate arrangements and stick to single hues).

GRANDIFLORA

Queen of blooms, Saskia Haveeke’s statement-making bracnhes, succulent leaves and fab flowers have inspired books, photographic exhibitions and many a copycat stylist. And her illustrious client list reads like a roll call of the great and good of the fashion world. Think Elle Macpherson, Cate Blanchett, Toni Colette, Hugh Jackman, Jane Campion, Sarah Murdoch, Sass & Bide, Kylie Kwong, Donna Karen, Dries van Noten and Hermes. What more can we say? Shop 1/12 Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney Australia, (02) 93577902,  www.grandiflora.net, instagram.com/grandiflora_sydney

MY FLOWER MAN

Kieran Birchall’s oversized, dramatic bunches often combine classic flowers with mod foliage and natives so expect to see English roses mixed in with showier leaves and blooms. Instead of combining flowers evenly, he often keeps each type distinct in the bunch, so there are pockets of light and dark. He can deliver same day around inner Sydney. Current online only. myflowerman.com.au, Instagram.com/myflowerman

MY VIOLET

The secret is out on this little Redfern-based workshop, which is like looking through a keyhole into a secret garden. It is becoming Sydney’s go-to flower shop for home-grown flowers arranged in owner Myra Perez’s signature informal vintage mod style. A fave with the fashion crowd for weddings and events including Nicole Warne (the name behind Garry Pepper Girl) recent nuptials in New Zealand. 4/21 George Street, Redfern, 0405910029, myviolet.com.au, instagram.com/mivioleta

SEED FLORA

This Glebe florist is responsible for the annual epic David Jones flower shows. Proper flowers, a mix of modern and classic blooms. Seed can make magic happen with just a few magnolia or cherry blossom branches and orchids. 79 Bay Street, Glebe Sydney, 02 95526667, instagram.com/seedflora

SOPHIA KAPLAN

If you’re looking for flowers that offer something out of the ordinary, Kaplan could be your first port of call. Inspired by picking wildflowers around France, Germany, Italy and Australia, she is an artist who likes her bouquets to look as natural as possible. Working from a shared studio space in Alexandria, she textures each arrangement with unexpectedly shaped foliage. Nothing too stylise. Online only. Sophia-kaplan.com, instagram.com/sophia_kaplan

BLOOMEY’S

An establishment favourite: in business since 1984, the florist’s handiwork graces many top weddings, parties, funerals and houses. The owners, Janet and Nelson have an original and highly consistent style, that features lots of classic flowers in majestic, regal arrangements, often in subtle colours and with wonderful perfumes. Can do contemporary, too. Expect an impeccable decorator’s eye which they can bring to overall event design. 65 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay, Kings Cross, 9360 1788, www.bloomeys.com.au

TRACEY DEEP FLORAL SCULPTURES

Much more than flowers. Deep, who holds regular exhibitions of her work, brins an artist’s sensibility to her edgy ‘living sculptures’. She uses architectural branches, pods, wood, even metal with unusal flowers such as clivea, sedum, ginger flowers and coral like celacia. A firm fave for high-profile weddings, big parties and corporate events. Studio G01, 59 Great Buckingham Street, Redfern, 02 9318 1177, instagram.com/floralsculptures

HERMETICA

Long revered by magazine stylists, this hotspot located in Darlinghurst is as modern as the name suggests. Inside the crisp layout and wall of hundreds of coloured roses is Jai Winnell’s signature informal style. Simplicity and freshness are key. 237 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, 02 93804725, hermeticaflowers.com.au, instagram.com/hermeticaflowers

JARDINE BOTANIC

If you like your flowers to look as natural as possible, not as if they have come out of a glasshouse, Jardine Hansen’s loose, free-form arrangements will strike the right note. The emphasis is on botanical varities. Jardine offers floral stylings for weddings, events, corporate spaces and private homes across Sydney and the Blue Mountains. 0412890841, jardine.com.au, instagram.com/jardinebotanic

MR COOK

You’ll find amazing inspiration here. The place does classic, classic blooms in a contemporary and organic way. You’ll find everything from cabbage garden roses to arrangements that incorporate succulents. Great style. www.mrcook.com.au, 318 New South Head Road, Double Bay, Sydney, Australia, 02 93635550, instagram.com/mrcookflowers

MANDALAY

The kind of flowers that look good anywhere. Fresh-cut, relaxed but dramatic enough. A fave with well-heeled Eastern Suburbs types. The bunches are generous, the flowers will last, and you can pick up a usefule and affordable vase while you’re there. www.mandalayflowers.com.au, 6 Cross Street, Double Bay, 02 9362 5000, instagram.com/mandalayflowers

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