Chocolates and lingerie are fine Valentine’s Day gifts if you’re already getting bedroom play, but if you’re pioneering your first romantic steps, don’t go with a premature dud of a gift. Sophistication pays off on a day when any dumbass can present long stems, so we’ve asked six of the city’s top floral designers to create their ultimate Valentine’s Day bouquet. They had to meet two criteria: use anything but a dozen long-stemmed red roses, and the arrangement must cost less than $50, tax and delivery not included.
633 St. Clair West, 416-658-0715633 St. Clair West, 416-658-0715
With 24 years of experience behind her, Lidia Tacconelli can make difficult look effortless, and here’s the evidence: a monochromatic mix of hydrangeas, ranunculus, tulips, Albaflora berries and a hosta leaf, wrapped in a leaf of Japanese paper and finished with a silk ribbon.
Open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.
1610 Bayview, 416-488-77161610 Bayview, 416-488-7716
Known for stunning container gardens, co-owner Michael Renaud designed this arrangement of Cymbidium orchids and fern fronds nestled between red acrylic crystals in a heart-shaped metal container.
Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.
87 Avenue, Hazelton Mall, 416-966-222787 Avenue, Hazelton Mall, 416-966-2227
Michael Pellegrino’s and Shawn Gibson’s Teatro Verde is a one-stop shop filled with all things decor and features an extensive floral department. Creations like this glass tube vase wrapped with pink beaded wire and filled with pink parrot tulips, arranged by John Tannahill, are simply dubbed “floral couture.”
Open Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday 10 am to 7 pm.
320 Danforth, Carrot Common, 416-466-0116320 Danforth, Carrot Common, 416-466-0116
Garden’s Path, owned by John Schell, is well known for organic leafy bouquets like this arrangement by Joa Hoeck, which features gerbera, freesia and roses held in place within a moss heart and surrounded by a bed of horsetail, lily grass, ming fern and anthurium leaves.
Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 4 pm.
16 Eastern, 416-594-1414; and 2638 Yonge, 416-486-434316 Eastern, 416-594-1414; and 2638 Yonge, 416-486-4343
Rosemary Little’s contrasting bouquet of Green Ice Cymbidium orchids, Mokara Red orchids, snowball viburnum and myrtle twigs comes nestled in a silk chinoise purse. For a gift that keeps giving, ask her about the “year of flowers” deal.
Eastern: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm;
Yonge: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.
East of Eliza
1960 Gerrard East, 416-691-80381960 Gerrard East, 416-691-8038
J. Reed Russell’s curved glass cylinder vase is filled with an arrangement of hyacinth blooms, deep purple anemones, bear grass and galex leaves.
Open Monday to Thursday 9 am to 5 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.