There are few things in life that can beat hearing your doorbell ring unexpectedly, and instead of a finding mailman delivering bills or a grubby 10-year old asking if they can please come in now, you find a bouquet of flowers staring you in the face. Whether you’re expecting a delivery or they come as a surprise, fresh flowers will always brighten up your day. And with Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, flowers might be on your mind a bit more more than usual. Whether you’re looking to send flowers to someone special, or maybe want to drop some hints to your partner in the coming days, knowing a good florist can make a big difference.
Fresh flowers, especially if you want delivery, don’t always come cheaply, so quality matters. Before you place an order, you want to make sure you’re getting the freshest flowers, the best prices and the most reliable service from start to finish. And once you find the florist that delivers everything you’re looking for, you can rest assured that you’ll know who to call next time you want to surprise someone with a thoughtful bouquet or order flowers for your own special occasion.
We’ve taken a look at some of the top florists in the Richmond area to help you choose the one that’s right for you, on Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year. To rank our favorites, we took a look at the following features of their service:
- Array of services (delivery, add-ons, etc)
The following florists have been continuously praised for their quality flowers, outstanding customer service and for doing that little something extra that sets them apart from the rest. Take a closer look and we think you’ll agree that these local business deserve a whole lot of love this Valentine’s Day!
Strawberry Fields Flowers and Finds / Facebook
The name says it all. Strawberry Fields Flowers and Finds offers a haven for all things special – from fresh-cut flower arrangement to one-of-a-kind gifts. This small shop is available for local delivery, or you can always stop in to get hands-on customer service that exceeds your expectations. From custom arrangement to pre-made arrangements that can be ordered online and delivered locally, just let them know your preference and your budget and you’ll be sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Why we love them: We love the exceptional customer service that this locally owned shop provides. From finding the flowers you want to providing locally made gifts and artisan items, Strawberry Fields offers a truly custom experience. They are not as inexpensive as some of our other recommendations, but when it comes to service, they more than deliver what you pay for!
423 Strawberry Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Designs by Janice Florist / Facebook
This local Midlothian florist gets nothing but rave reviews, from us and the many customers that they have served. With fresh flowers, exceptional customer service and personalized design, Designs by Janie is the ideal spot for your special occasion flower arrangements. While Valentine’s Day is at the forefront of everyone’s minds, Designs by Janice can make any day special. Call for special arrangement or order online by flower style, arrangement or occasion. Want to add in something extra? They also offer balloons, plush animals, chocolates, gift baskets and more. Whatever you need…Designs by Janice is there to make it happen.
Why we love them: Like many smaller, local shops, Designs by Janice is all about personal service. No matter what your need, they strive to deliver – literally and figuratively. From same-day delivery to custom requests, they will do all they can to make your visions come true. But what really sets them apart is their “Quick shop” online option. Simply choose by price or occasion and voila! Your flowers will be on their way.
4908 Millridge Parkway East
Midlothian, VA 23112
Strange’s Florist / Facebook
With accolades like “Best Florist in Central Virginia” from Virginia Living Magazine and “Best Florist in RVA” from The Richmond-Times Dispatch (among others), it’s little surprise that Strange’s made our list. But we have to admit, they’ve earned every bit of praise they receive. With fresh flowers, reasonable prices, four convenient locations in the Greater Richmond area and same-day delivery for orders placed by 1pm Monday through Saturday, Strange’s makes it easy to get beautiful flowers ordered, arranged and delivered almost any time you want them – with Valentine’s Day being no exception, of course.
Why we love them: Not only is Strange’s one of the largest greenhouse growers in Virginia, and one of the largest retail garden centers in the United States, they also take incredible pride in serving their home city of Richmond. For more than 75 years, they have been one of Richmond’s go-to florists with an incredible selection of flowers, plants and add-ons (like balloons and stuffed animals) priced anywhere from $5 – $75 and up, making it easy to treat yourself – or someone special – to beautifully arranged, fresh flowers on any occasion, even on a budget.
Garden Center, Nursery and Florist
12111 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23233
Garden Center, Greenhouse, Nursery and Florist
3313 Mechanicsville Pike
Richmond, VA 23223
Florist & House Plants Only
6710 Hull St.
Richmond, VA 23224
Florist & House Plants Only
8010 Midlothian Pike
Richmond, VA 23235
Toll-free Main Number: (800) 421-4070
2. Nicola Flora
Nicola Flora / Facebook
As you probably know by now, there’s nothing we love more than a good old fashioned local, small business. And when it comes to local florists, there are few we love as much as Nicola Flora. This small Bellevue shop makes it their goal to provide an experience as personalized as their floral offerings. First of all, when you call or visit, you’ve got a good chance of speaking directly with the owner, Nicole. Backed by her friendly, knowledgeable staff, Nicole takes your happiness personally, providing uniquely designed arrangements for virtually any occasion. With more than just flowers on the menu, Nicola Flora lets you choose from a wide range of gifts, chocolates, stuffed animals, bath and body products, wreaths, candles and more.
Why we love them: We love them for the same reason most people do. Nicola Flora delivers exceptional customer service. Whether you call in, order online or visit in person, you can get the order you want by style or price. But what we love the most, is the personalization. Nicola Flora even offers antique pottery or other unique flower containers. And although they come at a minimal extra charge, they show just how much Nicola Flora cares about making your order as unique as it can be.
1219 Bellevue Ave.
Richmond, VA 23227
Vogue Flowers / Facebook
With multiple locations both in the city and the surrounding counties, this local, family-owned business has been winning the hearts of Richmonders for more than 30 years. Specializing in ultra-fresh flowers, they actually grow many of their flowers on their family farm. And when it comes to service? Not only can your custom arrangements be hand-delivered, but they offer online purchasing around the clock, with real-time delivery schedules that let you see when to order for same-day delivery. Offering a wide selection of pre-designed bouquets, you can pick your arrangement online or call them to discuss your specific requests. Want something other than flowers? They also offer fruit and gourmet baskets, as well as plants and tropical.
Why we love them: Vogue Flowers offers a unique DIY service that makes them truly special in our opinion. As we’ve mentioned, flowers can be costly, but Vogue is there to help you get what you want at a price tag that fits any budget. You can save considerable cash when you make your own arrangements from their fresh-cut flower supply. Choose from a wide selection of vases and containers, take a look at their rental options for larger events, then join them in their comfortable, large workspace to arrange your flowers with help and guidance from the expert staff. They’ll even provide refrigeration space at no extra charge!
Vogue Flowers Downtown
1114 E Main St
Richmond, VA 23219
Vogue Flowers Chester
4100 W Hundred Rd
Richmond, VA 23831
Vogue Flowers Parham Road
1106 N Parham Rd
Richmond, VA 23229
Vogue Flowers Ashland
211 N Washington Hwy
Ashland, VA 23005
Vogue Flowers and Gifts, Ltd. – Colonial Heights
28 Dunlop Village
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Valentine’s Day is a special reminder to us all to take a moment and remind the ones we love how special they are. But flowers…well, flowers are special any day. So whether you’re looking to make this February 14th extra special, or have an event coming up, these Richmond florists are sure to have the service, variety and price you’re looking for. But, as always, we would love to hear about any floral gems we might have overlooked. Do you have a favorite Richmond florist? Let us know in the comments below!