It should come as no surprise that Midtown Manhattan is bursting with great plant shops and florists—after all, the area is home to New York City’s Flower District
. From a 100-plus-year-old market to a florist to the stars, here are our top picks (no pun intended) for the best plant and flower shops in Midtown Manhattan.
Since opening in 1947, Scotts Flowers has served Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman, and just about every Manhattanite with a penchant for luxury picks. This family-owned florist manages to make gardening glamorous by importing flowers from New Zealand to Alaska, handling them stem by stem and creating custom (“NEVER pre-designed”) arrangements in-house.
Scotts Flowers, 15 W 37th St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 727 2800
Eleven years after Gardenia Organic opened, the “first sustainable florist in New York” continues to be one of its best. Sourcing most of its retail flowers from sustainable farms in developing countries, the florist specializes in arrangements you can feel good about—literally. Gardenia Organic’s offerings include a “Crystal Garden” combining purifying plants and healing crystals and a “Prescriptive Bouquet” designed to “evoke positive psychological responses.”
Gardenia Organic, 120 W 28th St, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 688 5753
At Noble Plants—an apartment dweller’s dream—cacti and succulents are more than mere afterthoughts. In fact, not only does this Chelsea spot specialize in apartment-friendly mini and air plants, but its helpful owners will also happily teach you all that you need to know to keep your purchases alive and healthy.
Noble Plants, 106 W 28th St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 206 1164
Ode à la Rose
As its name suggests, Ode à la Rose specializes in premium rose bouquets. The company, honoring the symbol of romance, hand-delivers arrangements (created by florists “trained in the French style of hand-tied bouquets”) with your personal note and glossy printed photo in its signature boxes equipped with hydrating travel containers.
Ode à la Rose, 120 W 28th St, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 660 5281
UrbanStems has plenty going for it—and we’re not just talking about its endorsement from Martha Stewart herself. From affordable pricing (bouquets start at $35) to its work with sustainable Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms to its limited-edition collaborations with Vogue, this national company breathes fresh air into an old industry—and Martha thinks so too!
UrbanStems, New York, NY, USA, +1 855 614 2779
Flowers By Richard
Whimsical designs like “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” and outstanding customer service are what’s behind Flowers By Richard’s coveted five-star Yelp rating. A popular pick for weddings, Flowers By Richard works with your budget, and though rooted in the Theatre District, delivers flowers wherever beauty is needed.
Flowers By Richard, 316 W 53rd St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 582 3505
New York City Flower District
Serious shoppers should brave the early alarm wake-up for a visit to New York City’s Flower District. For more than a century, the district, located on 28th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, has hosted the best plant and flower shopping in the city. Arrive when the market opens at 5:30 am to have your pick of bulk flowers, floral design supplies like specialty wire and ribbons, and décor products, including planters and statuaries.
New York City Flower District, 133 W 28th St, New York, NY, USA
Starbright Floral Design
Starbright Floral Design
Since husband-and-wife team Eva and Nic first formed Starbright Floral Design in 1994, the enterprise has blossomed into a Chelsea, Manhattan mainstay. Flower shop staples like roses and air-cleaning plants share shelf space with daring designs, including orchid towers, flower lassos, and Ikebana-inspired arrangements.
Starbright Floral Design, 140 W 26th St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 229 1610