4 East Bay flower shops to visit
Dahlias, peonies, proteas? And, of course, there are always the predictable yet classic roses. No matter what your preference for bundling may be, flowers empower whatever message you’re trying to send. Giving a sweet bouquet is probably the most timeless way to make a good impression, so it shouldn’t be hard to do.
Because most of us aren’t lucky enough to live immersed amongst sprawling fields of wildflowers that can be gathered and plucked at will, you’ll be happy to know the East Bay offers a full array of flower shops to make your next gift-giving task easy. Stop by one of the following BARTable flower arranging experts and walk out knowing your recipient will greet you (and your bouquet in hand) with the widest of smiles.
Oakland Flower Mart is located at 821 Jefferson St. in Oakland, an 8-minute walk from 12th St./Oakland City Center Station.
What’s in a name? Plenty. Oakland Flower Market hosts an extensive array of wholesale loose flowers for you to combine into a bouquet of your liking. Hawaiian purple orchid leis? Covered. Here, tropical arrangements burst forth unexpected colors alongside traditional carnations and sunflowers ready for a one-off uplift or a wedding parade of bouquets.
Lee's Florist & Nursery is located at 1420 University Ave. in Berkeley, a 6-minute walk from North Berkeley Station.
North Berkeley has its flower needs covered with this well-known neighborhood favorite crafting custom arrangements for every occasion. Homer Lee started the family-owned business in 1946; today Lee’s Florist & Nursery is fittingly run by Wilton Lee. And this place understands that customer service is key — especially when you’re dealing with sensitive wedding matters as much as it does.
Magdalena Flower Shop is located at 3340 East 12th St. in Oakland, a 7-minute walk from Fruitvale Station.
This cozy little shop in the Fruitvale Public Market is a convenient walk from Fruitvale Station and comes in handy when a quick collection of flowers and balloons are the call. Heart-shaped arrangements are a signature find alongside robust lily and rose combinations that can be delivered to your sweetheart.
Darling Flower Shop is located at 3340 East 12th St. in Oakland, a 4-minute walk from Downtown Berkeley Station.
Darling Flower Shop is a convenient gift spot when you’re walking out of Downtown Berkeley Station. In addition to loose stems for you to choose from, mugs and baskets can be filled with arrangements. Not yet satiated? Chocolates and even air plants are on hand for those with tastes that lean outside of the box.