Is there anything more beautiful than a vibrant, perfectly arranged bunch of fresh flowers?
Whether you are wishing someone a happy birthday or anniversary, congratulating them on a new baby, or simply letting them know that you are thinking about them, flowers are an incredibly touching gift. What’s more, flowers bring event venues to life, whether that be for a wedding, party, or business launch.
Use a talented florist in Canberra to purchase the ultimate bouquet for a friend, loved-one, or family member – or even a bunch of flowers for your home.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a florist, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
Let’s get started right away.
What makes a great florist?
Not sure exactly what you are looking for when comparing Canberra florists?
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a florist.
- A delightful range of fresh flowers. All flowers are beautiful, especially when they are fresh and full of life. The best florists offer a delightful collection of flowers and foliage.
- Expert arranging skills. Flower arranging is an art form. The best in the business are detail-oriented and have an eye for design.
- Experience with events. If you need flowers for an upcoming event, such as a wedding, birthday party, baby shower, or funeral, it’s best to work with a florist that has extensive experience.
- Reliable delivery. A fresh bunch of flowers delivered directly to someone’s home or workplace makes a lovely gift. You want to be sure the arrangement you order shows up on the scheduled date.
The best florists in Canberra
Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
GG’s Flowers & Hampers is a social enterprise florist and gift hamper business in Canberra specialising in beautiful flower arrangements for any occasion, such as weddings, birthdays, funerals and corporate events. GG’s offers all types of flowers, including real rainbow roses.
What makes GG’s special is that it employs and trains Canberrans living with special needs. Originally established for Gayana Wijewickrema, a cheeky young woman with Down Syndrome, the business has blossomed into the gift that keeps giving, employing more than 35 Canberrans with special needs, all paid award wages.
At GG’s, all flower arrangements are made by talented florists, including Mumma GG. They’re hand delivered by a person with special needs, accompanied by their awesome support workers.
As Kelly Morrison reviewed on RiotACT, “GG's Flowers & Hampers are the best, gorgeous flower arrangements for all occasions and the best part is that they employ people with special needs and provide them with meaningful employment.”
Situated in the heart of the city, Embassy Florist has delivered stunning floral creations to Canberra’s residents for more than 40 years. The family-owned business offers some of the most spectacular arrangements in the region, all backed by friendly, prompt service and a committed team that’s willing to go above and beyond to ensure your experience is as pleasant as possible. You simply cannot go wrong with Embassy Florist.
As Rachael Duncan said on Google, “So very impressed with the artistic flair and range of on-trend options showcased so beautifully on the website. I found myself torn between the fresh flower arrangements and the stunning long lasting options. The flowers bought great joy to the receivers."
Run by two passionate mums – Julie and Jo – Eight Stems is a gorgeous florist located on the Kingston Foreshore. Alongside their inspiring arrangements and bouquets, Eight Stems offers a range of gifts for all occasions, hard to kill plants, hampers, and a dedicated ‘Mums and Bubs’ section.
Linda Wu wrote on Google, “The florist is in a convenient location. There is a neat selection of flowers to purchase and they are fresh and quite beautiful. It is in a convenient location next to Canberra Centre."
Barton Flower Bar is Canberra’s original flower bar, opening in early 2016. Located in the heart of the Parliamentary triangle in Barton, the Flower Bar specialises in daily arrangements for pick up or delivery, including for functions, weddings and events. The Flower Bar is also popular with corporate organisations wanting to adorn their environment with beautiful arrangements. Flowers can be ordered by phone, online or in store. The Barton Flower Bar shares space with the Barton Grocer.
As Kylie Monck wrote on Google, “The Ladies at Barton Flower Bar are so fantastic. They did my flowers for my wedding - bouquet and arrangements! Such an amazing job … I still use their services routinely … Best service, Best flowers, BEST of the BEST."
Your experience with florists in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a florists 'style'?
Different florists have different styles and techniques and it's important to explore what these are. Some are more traditional in approach, others ultra modern, and some even prefer working with Australian native plants and flowers. You'll want to select a florist that can work with what you're ultimately looking for.
How does a florist work with their client?
It's ideal to pick a florist who will work closely with you to ensure your vision blossoms. Asking about their approach will help you understand how to connect with them. An initial planning session is often helpful, for example, and you'll want to make sure your phone calls or emails are answered promptly.
How is a florist's experience relevant?
You'll not only want to know how long your florist has been in business, you'll also want to tease out their experience in what it is you're looking for. In the case of a wedding, for example, it's wise to explore how many weddings the florist has worked on and what size and styles of weddings.
Can you ask for a florists' portfolio before engaging their services?
Yes - a picture paints a thousand words. Looking at examples of a florist's work is essential to building your confidence and comfort in whether they're the one for you. Good florists have photos of their arrangements on their website and on social media. If not, they should be willing to make other arrangements for you to look at previous examples of their work. Also don't be shy about asking for references.
What other services do florists offer?
Many florists offer more than just floral arrangements and it can be helpful for big events, such as a special celebration, to know what their full suite of services are. Some can help with certain event services, for example. Also, they may offer other products like gift baskets, dried flower arrangements and hampers, which could be of interest.