It’s a particularly strange time for those living away from friends and family, either interstate or overseas. It's really heightened our appreciation for the internet and Facetime for keeping us all connected, and of course the good old post and delivery services for sending gifts around occasions where we can't be together.
Flowers are normally our go-to gift for any occasion, so we thought our readers might find a list of our favourite interstate and international florists useful! Enjoy.
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The Flower Bar Co
It's impossible for us to visit Byron Bay without a trip to this absolutely beautiful shop on the main street in Bangalow. They service the whole Byron Bay and Hinterland area as well as the Gold Coast and have just launched a beautiful new range of luxurious bouquets sold in store and online.
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BRISBANE AND THE GOLD COAST
We follow Miriam and the team at Wildplay Flora on Instagram and their lush and bold bouquets always fill our feed with so much floral beauty. The name came from Miriam's interpretation of floristry as wild and playful and that is exactly what we love about their aesthetic.
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Flour and Bloom are constantly whipping up lush, bold and often huge bouquets! Their style is very fun and eclectic yet polished and we love seeing what's coming out of their shop each week (open Tues-Sat).
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Honesty Flora's sustainable values are spelled out in their name and we absolutely love Tegan's arrangements which are always so thoughtfully put together without the use of floral foam.
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When the pandemic hit, Gina from Georgie Boy shifted gears from abundant and rambling event installations to a "Buy a Bunch" home delivery service, bringing her romantic and wild floral arrangements into people's homes - just what Melbournians need right now.
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NB: With restrictions around Melbourne at the moment it's best to check each florist's operating schedule.
Floral Army in East Fremantle might just have the dream corner shop front (see below for that gorgeous rustic tin roof and climbing foliage) and they are always whipping up such beautiful and abundant bouquets with a very discerning gift collection to match.
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If you follow Botanical on Instagram you will see the owner Kate is absolutely larger than life and so fun to watch. Both the Botanical stores (West Hobart and historical Hobart's CBD) are always filled to the brim and the Botanical team's creations are reliably "stylish, simple, beautifully presented with a classic edge".
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Wiluna is a flower studio and concept space based in Fyshwick, Canberra. They literally do it all from events to home subscriptions to dry flower pop-ups and we are loving watching their move toward sustainable floristry. Check out their beautiful space and arrangements on Instagram
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Blooms on Maitland in Jane's home town of Narrabri is our go to when we're over that way. They sell beautiful fresh and dried mixed bunches and all sorts of thoughtful gifts to go with them.
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Libby is an incredible florist and we absolutely love the wedding and event installations the team at Botanica Flora create. They also do bespoke bouquets and arrangements on Friday's and Saturday's.
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We love the beautiful combinations these guys dream up for their bouquets. They create so many unique styles and sell beautiful candles and other gifts from their shop in Dubbo.
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We absolutely love this LA studio which emphasies seasonal, often local and foraged flowers, branches, pods and fruits to creative "emotive, weird and wonderfully inspired environments". Sophie's Instagram will transport you somewhere else!
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In true New York style Il Fiorista feels like the first of it's kind - a restaurant, bar, café, florist, boutique, and community education space that embraces the many uses and beautiful benefits of flowers. We absolutely love their floral arrangements which are always local and sustainably sourced and often include some other unique addition like a flowering herb or fruit branch.
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We've always been such big fans of Simone's work since her Sydney days and now the lucky resident's of London get to experience and receive her beautiful work which is freeflowing and seasonal.
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Scarlet and Violet never disappoints! Some of the Floreat team use them regularly when sending gestures to London and the recipients of S&V's wildly beautiful bouquets are always blown away.
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Before ordering it's best to check each florist's operating hours which may be affected by the pandemic.