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Have You Ever Seen Exotic Flowers in Boston in Action ?

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, Oct 04, 2011

Fall Flowers in BostonIf you have been to Exotic Flowers in Boston on Mother's Day or Valentine's Day, you have seen the action, the crowds and only half the fun. Exotic Flowers occupies a corner lot at American Legion Highway and Canterbury Street in Roslindale. Our flower shop has been in this location for over seventy five years. 

When a client arrives and says that he has never been to our flower shop before, we are thrilled. A sales rep will immediately ask if you would like to see more of the under belly of Exotic Flowers in Boston. At the front of the store, a client will often find a wall of teddy bears along with a collection of artificial flowers designed for the cemeteries which surround our flower shop. Exotic Flowers is near St Michael's cemetery, Forest Hills cemetery, Mount Calvary, New Calvary, Mount Hope and Oak Lawn cemeteries. The front of the store also features Godiva Chocolates, greeting cards, balloons, dish gardens, bonsai trees, orchids and house plants. 

Boston FloristAs you travel deeper into our store, you will see a bank of cubicles where telephone sales are completed. We like action and enjoy the buzz and energy that ringing telephones create in a store. Sorry, there is no tranquility here. We are more akin to a busy restaurant. Behind our telecommunications sales outpost is our open floral design area. Clients are welcome to watch Boston's Premier Florists in action; kind of like an open kitchen. On the opposite side of floral design is a ten door floral display cooler loaded with more than forty floral arrangements, dozens of seasonal bouquets and more than 10,000 roses.

As you drop even deeper into the store, a fruit and gourmet room is in the rear. In this room Exotic Flowers creates hundreds of fruit, gourmet and junk food baskets that we deliver to Boston, Cambridge and the entire 617 and 781 area codes.

Take a left at our fruit/gourmet room and you head into an authentic glass topped greenhouse. This greenhouse also operates as a walk in refrigerator during Valentine's Day. After walking out the back door, you will see our growing greenhouse. During the fall, Exotic Flowers grows poinsettias. During the summer, we grow hardy mums. During the winter, the experienced growers at Exotic Flowers design mixed annual hanging baskets which beautify the streets, porches, gardens and backyards of Boston. 

Dorchester FlowersAs you make a loop around the rear of the greenhouses, you will land in the middle of our garden center. In December, you will be surrounded by evergreen wreaths, kissing balls and Christmas trees. During the spring and summer, more than three hundred hanging baskets are overhead. You will also notice two houses in the property. People do live in both houses. What could be better than living in a gated garden paradise ?

so next time to you stop at Exotic Flowers, ask us for a tour. You are a guest and we are at your disposal.

Tags: Mattapan Florist, Roslindale Florist, Lombardi Florist

Where are the Florists in Mattapan and Hyde Park ?

Posted by Rick Canale on Wed, Aug 25, 2010

Mattapan FloristOver the years, the flower shops in the Boston area have slowly disappeared. Boston Flower shops used be in every town and often, five to ten shops in each village. Flower shops were once as common as the dry cleaner and gas station. In recent history, they have gone the route of the shoe cobbler and tv repair man. The street peddler, the internet and the grocery store have all taken away markt share from the florist. Unfortunately, our new competitors' quality pales in comparison to a full service florist.

At one time, Seltzer's Flowers, Dutch Flower Garden, Wisteria and Boylston Street Florist were all bustling florists in Boston. Now these Boston florists are only a memory. In the inner city of Boston, the dearth of florists is magnified in Mattapan and Hyde Park.

Hyde Park, Mass FloristMany years ago, Flowers by Solly was a large full service florist in Mattapan. His flower shop on Cummins Highway now houses a community church. The purple facade of Flowers by Stephanie in Mattapan Square is also gone. And now, Mattapan does not even have a flower shop. Fortunately, Exotic Flowers on American Legion Highway is close enough to Mattapan that its residents can have a neighborhood florist to call its own.

Hyde Park, Massachusetts has also experienced a significant disappearance of its florists. Serino's Italian market attempted to sell flowers with little success a few years ago. Riverside Florist, a Hyde Park institution, also shuttered its doors after many years of selling flowers in Hyde Park. Once again, Exotic Flowers in Roslindale is close enough to Hyde Park to provide Hyde Park with its own neighborhood florist.

The floral economy has changed over the years. Hopefully, there will be more famiyl owned and operated florists like Exotic Flowers and Lombardi Florist who can serve Boston communities for years to come.

Tags: Mattapan Florist, Hyde Park Florist, Boston Florist

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