When someone gave flowers during Victorian times, they carried a meaning with them. Calla lilies send a regal message, violet tulips stand for faithfulness and daisies signify innocence, according to the Society of American Florists. Return to those days when flowers sent a message instead of just a sentiment by checking out the Haute 5 flower shops in Las Vegas.
Naakiti Floral Design
When you walk through the Bellagio, you notice the beautiful floral decorations when you’re not in awe of the 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers designed by Dale Chihuly in the lobby. Naakiti Floral Design owner Randi Garrett cut her teeth on the displays in the atrium before branching out on her own. Now she caters to the Four Seasons Hotel, Lake Las Vegas, the Platinum Hotel, Bouchon restaurant and discerning brides who want artist designs.
Naakiti Floral Design, 3200 S. Polaris Ave., 702.385.5484, www.naakitifloral.com
Las Vegas Event Flowers & Decor
Robin Pendergast’s family has been in the floral business since opening the largest florist in San Diego in 1926. Since 1974, Pendergast has been designing arrangements, specializing in corporate events at Las Vegas Event Flowers & Decor. She also owns LifeLike Botanicals for artificial and live botanical designs.
Las Vegas Event Flowers and Décor, 303 Orville Wright Court, 702.260.8000, www.lasvegaseventflowers.com
Flora Couture by Floral 2000
Michelle Howard learned the floral business with her family’s Los Angeles studio that created arrangements for the Academy Awards, Paramount Studios and City of Hope. Now her 10-year-old Flora Couture by Floral 2000 has made it on TLC’s “A Wedding Story,” “The View” and was the official florist of the Miss America Pageant in 2006 and 2007. Her team includes a dozen designers.
Flora Couture by Floral 2000, 2404 Western Ave., 702.221.1220, www.floral2000.com
English Garden Florist
Quaint does not describe English Garden Florist. The 5,000-square-foot facility features flowers arranged in an open-air design so customers can see the variety available. Owner David Filter hires designers from around the world to help with the creations.
English Garden Florist, 4171 S. Maryland Pkwy., 702.740.4770, www.englishgardenflorist.com
When you’re looking for an environmentally friendly flower show, turn to Enchanted Florist, where all organic materials are composted for the Springs Preserve. In fact, the company lists a whole “Go Green” plan of action on its Web site. Owners Kathryn Null and Teresa Stewart have worked with MTV, Vera Wang, Elton John, “Americas Next Top Model,” Tyra Banks, Bette Milder, “American Idol,” Trump and Wynn Las Vegas.
Enchanted Florist, 3261 S. Highland Dr., 702.731.2656, www.lasvegasfloral.com