Certainly I’d be the first to admit there are florists all over the city. Not to mention the great bouquets available in the markets, of course in Pike Place Market the flower seller section has lovely ones, and all the Farmer’s Markets have at least one as well.
But when you need a real florist, you need them. For those who call Ballard home, as well, I suspect as many from the surrounding neighborhoods, Ballard Blossom has long been known as a place you can get high quality and predictably interesting arrangements for any occasion.
My recommendation is actually to stop by, don’t wait till you need flowers. You will get a sense of what this highly rated florist shop offers, and certainly it’s more than the arrangements. But let’s focus on those for a moment. The big open florist’s work studio takes up a large area in the middle of the store, and when I stopped in there were three florists arranging non-stop as well as two other clerks circulating and making sure customers were taken care of. It’s large, varied, and very tempting. You may enjoy just watching them put together arrangements for a while, and browsing the really great ideas arrayed all over in vases that are chic and far from ordinary. The “impact” or “message” or whatever flowers do is very high level I thought (although you are dealing with an amateur here, most of my experience with florals is when I took some ikebana lessons when I lived in Japan, but I certainly know what I like?!), and the “message” of the different arrangements was quite varied, so I guess it’s a matter of something for any occasion.
It should be no surprise that Ballard Blossom has lovely arrangements. They’ve been in business (in Ballard, first right across the street before buying their building and moving to their new location still on NW Market Street) since 1927. They are Seattle’s largest florist and I learned that they are rated among the top 50 FTD florists nationwide! You can see choices on the website, but what was in the store struck me as even more unusual and striking.
Temptation continues in the retail part of the shop with all kinds of fun and yummy gift ideas. I doubt many people leave here empty handed. And that ‘s nice too because if you are bringing flowers to a friend or hostess you might very well want something little and cute for the juniors too.