Bouquets aren’t something you need, but let’s be honest, it’s always nice to have one. These local florists offer deals, specials and customer cards that make it really easy to treat yourself to a floral arrangement.
Amborella Floral Studio
This flower shop does more than sell gorgeous bouquets and offer workshops. Amborella has been offering its weekly “flower happy hour” deal since it opened four years ago. Amborella gets its new flowers on Fridays, so all the leftover cut flowers and greenery in its cooler are half price on Fridays from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. This deal is first come, first served – sometimes all the flowers from the cooler are purchased by 4 p.m., sometimes there are lineups out the door and sometimes there is plenty of choice.
Make a note: This deal isn’t offered on Fridays before big holidays, like Mother’s Day or other flower-centric holidays.
Unit 155, 2515 90 Ave. S.W., 403-386-0330, amborella.ca
Anne Paterson’s Flowers
All cut flowers at this florist are two-for-one every Friday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The happy hour special includes all basic greens as well, but excludes specialty greens such as eucalyptus, grains and berries. Customers handpick their cut flowers and greens and the Anne Paterson’s Flowers staff hand-tie the flowers so they’re ready for a vase when the customer gets home.
Some favourite flowers customers choose at this time of year include dahlias, hydrangeas, artichoke and wild flowers such as cornflowers. This happy-hour special is cash-and-carry only – it isn’t available for pre-orders.
Make a note: This deal isn’t valid on weeks with a holiday like Valentine’s Day or Christmas.
924 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-5543, apflowers.com
Blooms on 9th
photograph by stephen chapman
If you love roses, but don’t usually want to spend the money on a rose bouquet, know that Blooms on 9th offers an ongoing special on its roses. Customers can purchase six old fashioned garden roses with greenery for $30. Each week the roses sold in this special $30 bouquet are a different colour, depending what is in season and what has been imported. A few roses that have been in these bouquets include the turtle rose (a bright yellow) and the lemonade rose (it’s a lime green). These flowers are big and full – they have 85 to 90 petals on average each.
Make a note: To give you an idea of this deal, Stephen Chapman of Blooms on 9th says that a bouquet like this would ordinarily go for a minimum of $90.
1317 9 Ave. S.E., 403-454-4350, bloomson9th.ca
Peaseblossoms Flowers gives out something it calls a “frequent flower card.” It’s kind of like a coffee card, but with bouquets instead of hot drinks. The card keeps track of bouquets that customers purchase. When customers purchase 10 bouquets, they will get one for free. The value of that free bouquet is an average of the cost spent on the 10 others.
Make a note: You’ll find Peaseblossom Flower bouquets every week at the Bearspaw Farmers’ Market and biweekly at the Millarville Farmers’ Market as well.
1417 11 St. S.W., 403-245-1287, peaseblossoms.com
Willow Park Florist
Every Saturday roses are $2 each at Willow Park Florist. There’s no minimum or maximum number of roses for this deal, and it’s applied to all the roses the florist has in stock. And for walk-ins, the greenery added to these roses is free. This special runs even the Saturdays before a holiday like Mother’s Day.
Make a note: Willow Park Florist has an open-table policy. That means that anyone can learn about floral design using the flowers they’ve chosen. The quick lesson on floral design is free – you only pay for the flowers you’ve selected to be in your bouquet.
1428 9 Ave. S.E., 403-278-5170, willowparkflorist.com