Home of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin revels in abundant natural beauty. Who’s to blame you if you want to bring a little of it inside? There are many quality florists in town that’ll be happy to oblige you. Here are just a few.
Freytag’s is one of Austin’s oldest and most prestigious family-owned florists. Opened in 1973 by Ken Freytag, it’s easily the largest florist shop in town at 13,000 square feet. Freytag’s has been recognized as one of America’s top 100 florists since 1984. They’ve also been named The Austin Chronicle’s “Best Austin Florist” several times, as well as, a Best of City Search business.
The artful arrangements they’re known for are lovely, but a bit pricy. You can get a nice arrangement for about $60, but anything cheaper is kind of thin. The $19.99 “arrangement” consists of a single daisy in a bud vase. You can also pay over $400 for “The Juliet,” an arrangement of 48 “premium long stem red roses with English Ivy.”
They do have a rewards program for frequent shoppers. You get a credit for 10-12% of what you spend to use on future purchases. Freytag’s also includes a sort of lottery ticket with each item that’s delivered called “Lucky Stems.” Recipients can check the codes on their Lucky Stem cards at Freytag’s website to see if they’ve won a prize.
Ben White Florist
A family owned local Austin business for over 60 years Ben White Florist gets consistently high on line reviews. The website is user friendly and informative. You can choose to view arrangements by price range, occasion (birthday, weddings, etc.) or specialty category (like corsages, roses and funeral).
They have weekly carry out specials, like $9.99 for a dozen roses, for people with more love than cash. They also offer a $5 delivery fee discount to Austin funeral homes.
The down side is that – well, they’re a small, locally owned business and they kind of keep bankers hours. They’re open 8 am – 6 pm Monday through Friday, and 8 am – 3 pm on Saturday. They’re closed on Sunday. They’re also closed the Saturday before any major holiday, as well as, the holiday itself. They may not always be able to meet your needs due to their hours.
Always & Forever Florists
Always & Forever is a wedding specialty florist. You can purchase one of their wedding packages starting at $500. They also rent decorative items such as: pillars, vases, candelabras, chandeliers and furniture.
With designers certified by the American Institute of Floral Designers, on staff, Always & Forever offers a quality, but not custom product.
Located on South 1st Street, this shop gets fantastic on line reviews. Their website is partially under construction, which presents a challenge for the on line shopper, but they have tons of examples of their work on pinterest. They do offer on line ordering for a limited selection of arrangements, which range from $65 for a single bromeliad to $150 for a half dozen red roses.
The shop, itself, is inviting, and most reviewers rave about the quality. The most common complaint is about their prices.
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