Our favorite flowers for your favorite people

These fresh flowers are easy to order, and have extra touches to help celebrate your love

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Back when Saint Valentine was performing those forbidden weddings in prisons and tending to persecuted Christians in ancient Rome, surely not in his wildest dreams could he have imagined that (one) he’d have a feast day devoted to his kind works and (two) the pink and red wonder it would become.

Though criticized for being overly commercial and sappy, we still love Valentine’s Day for what it’s really about: recognizing the good deeds of St. Valentine and celebrating all kinds of love—not just romantic!

And, of course, one of our favorite ways to show love and celebrate this day is by sending flowers. Unfortunately many of us have found the flower-sending experience less than lovely when the delivery doesn’t show up or live up to expectations, or the selection just doesn’t match our loved-one’s personality.

Good news! We’ve found a few favorite florists who seek to deliver just what we’re looking for.

The Bouqs

This retailer promises that the business is all about farm fresh flowers, flat-fee simple ordering, and responsible farming.

We like them because their roses grow on equatorial volcanoes 10,000 feet above sea level—and yet still manage to reach your door just two days after being snipped.

Farmgirl Flowers

Their mission is “to provide beautiful, all U.S.-grown flowers at a reasonable price.” They support local farmers and businesses, minimize environmental impact, and save us time with an easy ordering process.

We like them because of their “Fun Size” Burlap Wrapped Bouquet that adds an air of rustic charm. What’s not to like about that? But really, any of these burlap-wrapped beauties are great.

Flowerbud.com

They speak truth: “Flowers should be amazing. Flowers should be wonderful. Flowers should leave you wide-eyed and speechless, filled with joy.” Indeed. When we take the time (and money) to send a bouquet, that’s exactly the reaction we’re hoping for.

We like them because they got top honors from the Good Housekeeping Institute. And not just for delivering beautiful, long-lasting bouquets, but because their Flowerbud’s phone reps knew their stuff.

Organic Bouquet

This is a “mission-based” company committed to improving the lives of their growers across the globe, as well as protecting the environment. They consider their arrangements and packaging “innovative and stylish.”

We like them because the 24 pink roses set in a classic crystal rose bowl in the affordable “Simply Elegant” section is simply perfect. And we know it came from a grower who cares.

Random Acts of Flowers

This company believes in the healing power of flowers. Not literally, of course. But they know that flowers communicate love and joy and all good things. That said, they aren’t your usual florist. You can’t actually order bouquets from them like the other shops on our list. Instead, you can make a monetary donation to help this charitable company provide recycled and repurposed flowers to people in healthcare facilities, who don’t otherwise receive them.

We like them because all of the above. Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t only send flowers to our family and friends, but also helped send bouquets to someone in need of cheer? And isn’t that spirit of generosity and love what St. Valentine was really all about?

Caryn Rivadeneira
Caryn Rivadeneira

Caryn Rivadeneira is the author of five books and is a columnist for Her.meneutics and ThinkChristian. She lives outside Chicago with her husband, three kids, and one red-nose pit bull. Visit her at carynrivadeneira.com.