Nobody knows better than Seattle that April showers bring May flowers—it's tough to knock rainy season when it gives rise to our region's abundance of blooms. Which, in turn, give us a way to celebrate, mourn, express gratitude, or make someone's day a little brighter, just because. Thanks, flowers. Here's where to pick some up in time for Mother's Day.
Founded by Lilly Wiggins in 1927, purchased by John Martin in 1945, and run by the Martin family ever since, this Ballard mainstay has been a part of special events in Seattle for nearly a century. The shop moved from its longtime Market Street location (still marked with the iconic neon sign) to a spot in the northeast corner of the neighborhood in 2019, but its flowers—ranging from $300, one-of-a-kind designs to more permanent indoor planters—are just how you remember them.
This Pioneer Square cafe, bakery, and florist traffics in back-to-the-land wholesomeness, from the local cheese and seasonal fruit on its brunch menu to the lovingly grown botanicals in its bouquets.
Mary Wesley established her Central District centerpiece in 1984 after realizing how the community would benefit from a flower shop, per an interview with South Seattle Emerald’s Ronnie Estoque. The community has expressed its gratitude ever since. Turn here for floral arrangements for every occasion (and then some) and to support a true Seattle institution. Same day delivery available for well-meaning procrastinators.
The plant-based offshoot of Seattle's most serene boutique has currently relegated its floral offerings to special occasions—which only makes limited-time offerings, like a Mother's Day bouquet that fits all of spring into a ceramic vase, all the more special.
Columbia City and South Lake Union
With locations in both Columbia City and South Lake Union, this florist-anchored gift shop saves many an overworked techie from last-minute disaster with this classic one-two punch: an ephemeral gift, and one to remember it by.
South Lake Union
Good luck making a quick trip to the expertly curated, AAPI-owned shop at 400 Fairview—and not just thanks to the siren song of nearby destination restaurants. "Aww" factor helps, too: Each of the shop's Mother's Day arrangements was named after one of the floral designer's own moms.
Owner Maura Whalen’s arrangements are the floral version of showing up to an event in just the right outfit—one that exudes spontaneity while somehow also looking flawless. We’d expect no less from a florist inspired by an Italian grandmother named Flora. Arrangements can be customized according to adjectives you provide about your giftee (in addition to more typical bouquet descriptors). Casablanca delivers these hyper-personalized gifts from its Seward Park studio (only open for classes) Thursday through Saturday leading up to Mother’s Day.
Sustainability is the unsurprising centerpiece at this shop owned by a florist with a background in environmental studies: Melissa Feveyear's work as a founding member of the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, a nonprofit helping florists source from local farms, shines through in Terra Bella's highly seasonal, super fresh bouquets.
Pike Place Market
As the first storefront visitors see as they wait at the enormous crosswalk on First and Pike, this plainly named shop serves as the poster child for our local flower destination. Much of its business, though, consists of pickups and deliveries—"by truck, plane, car, horse or walker," you can get your flowers sent to a downtown hotel, a hospital room, and any neighborhood in the city. Mother's Day hot tip: Stop by any of the market's floral purveyors on May 7 and 8 for Pike Place's 14th annual Flower Festival.