Elegant row houses and glittering Fifth Avenue stores aren’t the only beauties to be seen in Upper Manhattan. Specialty roses, designer floral arrangements, and more of life’s “little” luxuries (by uptown standards, anyway) are accessible to all at Upper Manhattan’s best plant shops and florists.
Rosa Rosa Flowers
Rosa Rosa Flowers, New York | Courtesy of Rosa Rosa Flowers
Uptown shoppers have turned to Rosa Rosa Flowers for more than 30 years. New York’s first florist to specialize in roses, Rosa Rosa is your source for everything from consultations with Rose Centerpiece Specialists to fresh Ecuadorian roses delivered daily. Personalized service, such as color meaning explanations and same-day delivery, make this Upper Manhattan mainstay a special pick.
Downtown vibes get an uptown address at The Sill’s Upper West Side outpost (the store also operates a Lower East Side location). Here, unconventional items including Hoya hearts, moss balls, and artisan ceramic planters cover a space that manages to appear both sleek and jungle-like.
For a quintessential Upper West Side experience, pick Posies, the quaintest florist on Amsterdam Avenue. Understated bouquets featuring two- or three-flower varieties and flower bunches line the walls at this local favorite, which also offers popular floral arranging classes that allow novices to make their own bouquets by hand.
L’Olivier Floral Atelier’s founder may have his roots in the Provençal village of Brignoles; however, Olivier Giugni has grown into an international talent, working in Paris, Tokyo, and Manhattan. Operating from Madison Avenue, Giugni has created floral art for the likes of VOGUE, the Plaza, and Daniel. His “web boutique” features bouquets and centerpieces for as low as $125.
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Considering Posy’s work, it’s easy to understand why taste-makers including The New York Times and Bergdorf Goodman are counted amongst its clients. Designs which New York Magazine describes as “simple, elegant and modern” range from bunches in Posy’s signature square glass containers to flower chuppahs.
With “40 years of experience and two generations of florists” under its belt, Barbara’s Flowers can handle any request you send its way. Flower chuppahs, humble bouquets, and special occasion centerpieces incorporating high heel shoes and disco balls are all part of Barbara’s repertoire.