Flowers are an important part of life in Michigan. From the lilacs that announce springtime in a large chunk of the state to the botanical gardens that are packed with the things, flowers can be found all over Michigan, making them a valuable and attractive part of a visit to Michigan. In winter in particular, the sweet smell of roses can be a treasure beyond price. That's where florists become especially valuable, and in Michigan, there are plenty of them to find. So settle in, take time to smell the various flowers, as we show you 10 great places in Michigan to smell—and take home at retail—flowers at the best florists in the state.
St. Joseph's H&J Florist and Greenhouses is something of a powerhouse in the field. It's a bit on the upscale side—arrangements are priced up to $150—but when arrangements come in a fit for occasions ranging from birthdays and anniversaries to new baby and “thank you” arrangements, there's sufficient variety to handle just about any need. Orchids, roses, and corsages of all sorts can come your way right here.
Boasting not only the regular array of flowers, but also tropical flowers, live plants and even silk flowers, Forsberg's Flowers' focus is on versatility. Given that it can even offer fruit baskets, other food baskets and even chocolates, Marquette's Forsberg Flowers supplies values on several fronts, making it easily one of the best around.
The Upper Peninsula doesn't have just one great florist, it has a second out in Ishpeming. Head on in to All Seasons Floral and Gifts for an array of exciting flower and arrangement options complete with delivery options. There is even a special lineup of flowers geared toward prom season, which likely means brisk business for the shop around the end of the year, and a complete catalog of live and tropical plants only improves matters.
Keit's Flowers in Bay City offers plenty of noteworthy flower arrangements, covering most everything from holidays and occasions to the random “make someone smile” package, but it also boasts a slate of non-flower collectibles like wind chimes and memorial blankets. Versatility is key to an excellent organization, and Keit's Flowers delivers not only value, but also flowers as part of the Teleflora network.
Ann Arbor has no shortage of great developments, but Lily's Garden is one of the best in the state when it comes to floral matter. Lily's Garden has delivered on many occasions. With arrangements ranging from “simple” to “so big she can't see her monitors”—that's an actual customer quote—Lily's Garden offers an excellent range of options. Wives are sufficiently enamored, reports note, that they'll take Lily's Garden business cards home to husbands with specific instructions to place orders from Lily's.
Head up the Lake Michigan shore to reach Grand Haven's eponymous Grand Haven Garden House & Floral. Located in one of Michigan's great tourist centers, this shop features not only standards like roses and orchids, but will also incorporate unusual items like tulips and pine boughs, true Michigan favorites, to round out a collection. Delivery is also on hand to a variety of locations, making it not only versatile but also handy.
Traverse City delivers a lot of great things, and The Flower Station delivers likewise. It's got many of the great standards of a flower shop, but based on customer reports, this shop has a particular way of going above and beyond. One customer who ordered burgundy stargazer lilies, pink tulips and green hydrangea in a square vase got an order so exactly close to the desired package that she recommended it to others. That's a rather complex order by any standard, and the Flower Station set it up.
One of the best flower shops in Metro Detroit, Viviano could distinguish itself sufficiently on that merit alone. But the Viviano Flower Shop steps things up wonderfully by offering a complete array of products from roses and tulips to poinsettias and other exotic fare. Throw in complete fairy garden sets and even complete workshops for floral arrangement—particularly the aforementioned fairy gardens—and Viviano proves why it's one of the best around.
Head over to Kalamazoo, and get a look at VanderSalm's Flowershop and Garden Center, where flowers are just part of the attractions. Including a complete line of WillowTree Angels gift statuettes, those who come here will find a ready alternative for just about any sentiment that one might want to express. Throw in a reward points program which offers special value for those who shop here routinely and the result is a great value in florists.
Back in Detroit, Blumz—a play on the word “blooms”—features an array of flower options. If that were all it had, that would still qualify it as a major entry on this list. But Blumz isn't just about the flowers. It also offers a complete line of wedding supplies including a tuxedo rental service. Add to that the fact that it's a Couples' Choice Awards winner from WeddingWire, and offers additional locations in Ferndale and Ann Arbor, and Blumz makes for a real winner.