The best florists in Canberra

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Geetha and Gayana Wijewickrema from GG's Flowers and Hampers.

Geetha and Gayana Wijewickrema from GG’s Flowers and Hampers. Photo: Supplied.

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 according to you

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

GG's Flowers & Hampers

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.”

Miss Moss Florals

Miss Moss Florals

Miss Moss Florals is one of the biggest, brightest retail florists in Canberra. With a focus on Australian made, sustainably sourced and fair trade, Miss Moss Florals delights with beautifully arranged bouquets made from the freshest flowers available, created for all occasions and events. Same-day flower delivery is available.

The shop is filled with fresh flowers that last. Miss Moss Florals ensures quality through strong relationships with local growers and suppliers at the Sydney Flower Market.

Miss Moss Florals also makes to order and is creative with special requests, including for funerals and memorials.

Plant lover hampers, botanical flower bouquets and florist choice arrangements are available. So too are terrariums and potted plants. Other gifts feature candles, pillows, cards and natural bath products.

Miss Moss Floral provides quality customer service. With this Canberra florist, customers are supporting a creative, local business.

On Google, Tina Jov wrote, “Gorgeous bouquets of flowers and indoor plants. Great photos showing what you’ll actually get. Great value for money!”

6/25 Brierly Street
Weston ACT 2611

Barton Flower Bar

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."

West Row Botanica Boutique Florist

West Row Botanica Boutique Florist is one of the most exciting, unique florists in Canberra’s city centre. Conveniently located in the Melbourne Building, West Row, their team of experienced florists creates truly showstopping arrangements featuring a host of colourful, lively flowers, including native flowers and foliage. Head to their store to custom-design the perfect bouquet for that special someone, or save time and order online.

Satisfied customer Emma Grech wrote on RiotACT, “Dave Reid at West Row Botanica Florist! Fabulosity that is art, not just flowers.”

Embassy Florist

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."

Anthos Flowers

Anthos Flowers in Gungahlin Village specialises in stocking the highest quality fresh flowers direct from the best growers – flowers that celebrate all seasons and occasions. Anthos Flowers also has an extensive range of gifts to suit any event. In addition to flower arrangements, this florist also offers hampers, teddy bears, chocolates and much more. Anthos Flowers delivers throughout Gungahlin, as well as across Canberra and to Queanbeyan.

As Tegan Moon wrote on RiotACT, “Anthos Flowers has amazing service and prices! Their flowers are always so fresh and great quality!”

Eight Stems

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."

Blossoms of Chisholm

Blossoms Of Chisholm conveys emotions through flowers for all occasions as well as a range of gifts that bring delight. The gift range includes soft toys, helium filled foil balloons, hampers, and little tinned soy scented candles. For weddings, Blossoms Of Chisholm designs bridal bouquets, table arrangements, men’s buttonholes and women’s corsages. For weddings, the talented florists create formal wrist corsages. Blossoms Of Chisholm delivers across Canberra and Queanbeyan.

On RiotACT, Janine Price wrote, "Blossoms of Chisholm. Friendly service, helpful, lovely fresh bright arrangements. Highly recommend."

Moxom and Whitney

Moxom and Whitney was born out of a desire to bring beautiful flowers to Canberra and its surrounds in a way that hadn’t been done before. The business doesn't overly work flowers, preferring an organic and lush look to bouquets. Located on Lonsdale Street in the heart of Braddon, Moxom and Whitney also makes unique terrariums, miniature worlds of lush green moss, ferns and indoor plants. Co-owners Lou Moxom and Belinda Whitney get total joy out of creating incredible explosions of flowers and greenery.

Satisfied customer Ishbel Schaap wrote on Google, “Absolutely gorgeous flowers. Ordered a bouquet off of the website and it was so seamless and easy. Will definitely be using them again in the future!”

If you’re looking for more information on Canberra’s florists, you might like our articles on best flower delivery services and best nurseries.

Your experience with florists in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the florists listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

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.

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Mary Brennan11:46 am 23 May 20

For vibrant creativity from friendly knowledgeable staff Miss Moss is the place to go! I just love their unique & colourful arrangements and have never been let down after arranging several deliveries this year. Great to have this fabulous business in Weston Creek?

Trevor Burns10:19 am 21 May 20

You obviously have not been to Miss Moss Florals in Weston. Should be at the top of your list!

Verónica Lategui4:13 pm 12 May 20

Thank you for recommending West Row Botanica featured in your Best Florists in Canberra article. I live interstate and rang them to organise a bouquet. They did a wonderful job and did not disappoint. David was polite, reassuring and willing to help. Amazing flower arrangement! Thanks again for guiding me in the right direction.

This experience relates to Embassy Florist. I’m aware that they’re well regarded in general and indeed that’s why I chose to order flowers from them for my wife’s “round” (multiple of 10) birthday. However, I have to say I was quite disappointed with their service and also with their attitude when questioned about it. I actually placed my order online the night before, and it wasn’t a trivial bunch ($150 including delivery). I assumed without even thinking about it that the flowers would be delivered next morning. When they hadn’t been delivered by lunch time I called the shop and was told they’d be delivered some time that afternoon before 5 PM!!! What they also told me is that their courier does just one delivery round, that the courier decides on the delivery schedule (doesn’t want to be told what gets delivered when), and that if you want them delivered in the morning you have to pay some extra amount. Really? You order the night before and you can’t even expect a morning delivery?! They were eventually delivered around 3 PM, about 5 or 6 hours after I would have expected and way after the time that they would have given the pleasure I’d intended. (Someone else also ordered flowers for her from another florist, which were delivered at 8 AM!) Frankly this is pathetic, especially given the size of my order, and I will certainly never deal with this florist again.

For wedding florists the best is https://www.peonynpearl.com.au/ they did an incredible job of my wedding flowers.

Alexandra Craig3:50 pm 24 Oct 14

+1 for GG’s Flowers! Here’s a link to a RiotACT feature on them 🙂 http://the-riotact.com/flowers-with-a-purpose/133974

curlylocks said :

GG’s Flowers is a socially sustainable florist in the ACT.
We employ young people with disabilities to provide meaningful employment and education opportunities to them.
Based in Canberra, we deliver to all suburbs and can take on any project, big or small.
Personally, Geetha Wijewickrema is the mother of Gayana Wijewickrema, a young and vivacious 15 year-old with Down Syndrome.
Together, it is their passion and dream to make floral arrangements for the Canberra community.

We specialise in corsages, floral arrangements, gift boxes, hampers, bouquets and everything else flowers related!

So please, think of GG’s Flowers next time you are ordering flowers. Not only will you receive beautiful flowers straight to your door, you’ll be helping a meaningful cause.

Here is a link to their website: http://www.ggsflowers.com.au/

Another thank you for posting this! Next time I’m sending flowers I will be using GG Flowers 🙂

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This is a free service.

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canberra floristry.. you can choose from the following:
1.cheap
2.quality design
3.well handled product (=greater product longevity)
4.excellent customer service
5.fast delivery
if you are looking for#1. cheap- you want Aldi..which is not floristry..
let us know how you go with the rest.. 🙂

curlylocks said :

GG’s Flowers is a socially sustainable florist in the ACT.
We employ young people with disabilities to provide meaningful employment and education opportunities to them.
Based in Canberra, we deliver to all suburbs and can take on any project, big or small.
Personally, Geetha Wijewickrema is the mother of Gayana Wijewickrema, a young and vivacious 15 year-old with Down Syndrome.
Together, it is their passion and dream to make floral arrangements for the Canberra community.

We specialise in corsages, floral arrangements, gift boxes, hampers, bouquets and everything else flowers related!

So please, think of GG’s Flowers next time you are ordering flowers. Not only will you receive beautiful flowers straight to your door, you’ll be helping a meaningful cause.

Here is a link to their website: http://www.ggsflowers.com.au/

Cool! Thanks for posting this!

GG’s Flowers is a socially sustainable florist in the ACT.
We employ young people with disabilities to provide meaningful employment and education opportunities to them.
Based in Canberra, we deliver to all suburbs and can take on any project, big or small.
Personally, Geetha Wijewickrema is the mother of Gayana Wijewickrema, a young and vivacious 15 year-old with Down Syndrome.
Together, it is their passion and dream to make floral arrangements for the Canberra community.

We specialise in corsages, floral arrangements, gift boxes, hampers, bouquets and everything else flowers related!

So please, think of GG’s Flowers next time you are ordering flowers. Not only will you receive beautiful flowers straight to your door, you’ll be helping a meaningful cause.

Here is a link to their website: http://www.ggsflowers.com.au/

Florever in Dickson is highly recommended. They did my wedding. The price is reasonable, the arrangements are beautiful and the staff are friendly.

pink little birdie4:10 pm 23 Oct 14

Can not speak highly enough of the Poetry in Flowers in Gunghalin near the cole. They were absolutely lovey.
I had several reccommendations for them for my wedding and way cheap ($650 for 1 bride, 4 brides maids, 3 flower girls and 5 buttonholes)

Manuka Flowers. Very good quality stock and capable florists.

Woolworths usually clear their flowers out a couple of times each week. You will save yourself a bundle if you get the timing right.

I used Capital Flowers recently – http://www.capitalflowersact.com.au/ – and found them to be very reasonably priced and flexible. they have set arrangements on line, but you can also phone them and indicate what style you like but change the colours etc to suit, or pick a designers choice and give them some general guidance.

Malay_Dragon11:07 am 23 Oct 14

Florever in Dickson helped me with custom made arrangements about two years back. Reasonably priced as well

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