11 Innovative Floral Designers
By Jade Chang
Floral Art in Venice is blooming with inspiration.
Tucked away in the Brentwood Country Mart, this floral shop is run by former fashion designer Stephanie Schur, who brings her impeccable taste to both the lush arrangements and the chic tabletop items that she offers for sale. 225 26th St., Santa Monica, 310-394-0358
The Bouqs Co.
All those choices and Latinate names making you dizzy? Try The Bouqs Co., a Venice-based online florist selling beautiful blooms that range from the quirky (hydrangea antique with green solidago) to the traditional (a dozen red roses)—all for $40 a pop.
Despite their humble strip-mall locale, entertainment clients like CAA, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and Fox Studios love The Conservatory’s dazzling arrangements, as do such neighbors as the Hollywood Bowl and the Dolby (née Kodak) Theatre. 1900 N. Highland Ave., LA, 323-851-6290
Owner/founder/principal designer Clover Chadwick went from The French Laundry maitre d’ to LA’s favorite restaurant florist. Pizzeria Mozza, Patina Restaurant Group, and Lucques are all devotees of her memorable arrangements. 4701 W. Jefferson Blvd., No. 3 (by appointment), LA, 323-640-1590
With a name like a Zen riddle and an ever-changing menagerie of topiary animals that beckon from its courtyard, a visit to celeb go-to Empty Vase is sure to yield a transcendent arrangement. 9033 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-278-1988
As the in-house floral designer for the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Buterbaugh not only creates the stunning arrangements seen around the hotel but has also made custom creations for execs in the entertainment industry as well as political leaders and royalty from around the world. 300 S. Doheny Dr., LA, 310-247-7120
This Venice florist doesn’t just do weddings for celebs like Jaime Pressly and Milla Jovovich, it’s also a reliable source for floral-themed furniture, like a poppy-printed cabinet and a bookshelf emblazoned with rosebuds. 1338 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-392-1633
It’s no surprise that Hollyflora turns out some of the most innovative flower arrangements around—co-owners Holly Vesecky and Rebecca Uchtman have more than 30 years’ collective flower experience. If you’re not in the mood for a bouquet, try their succulent-covered pet sculptures! 5050 W. Pico Blvd., LA, 310-559-5705
Jenny Barker’s charming South Bay boutique is the place to go for bright, abundant arrangements—and if you can’t get enough of the florist, you can always watch her on LogoTV’s florist reality show, The Arrangement. 1417 PCH, Redondo Beach, 310-798-8113
When Hollywood needs gorgeously over-the-top arrangements for events like the Oscars Governors Ball, the Emmy Awards, and the Golden Globe Awards, this Valley-based floral couturier delivers. Mark’s Garden brides include Gwen Stefani, Fergie, and Portia de Rossi. 13838 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-906-1718
More than a simple flower shop, Stephanie Grace’s sweet Montana Avenue boutique carries a sharply edited collection of housewares and tabletop items perfect for gifting. As a florist, Grace’s intricate arrangements are popular with local brides-to-be. 912 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310-458-6010
Cover shoot: September 2014 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.