A verdant collection of native Florida plants share space with exotic greenery in the garden at Jesse Durko's Nursery, a living testament to its namesake's mission to improve the world through horticulture. Since 1990, the 10-acre property has showcased a collection of aromatic flowers, towering palms, elegant orchids, and other greenery expertly designed by Jesse and his landscaping team. Most of the plants in the garden are also available for sale in the nursery, allowing visitors to transform their own home into a tropical paradise.
Some of Donn F. Flipse's earliest memories are of him wielding a broom, sweeping up the fallen petals and snipped-off stamen that have gathered around the feet of the floral designers at his family's flower shop. Eight-year-old Donn eventually moved up in rank, escorting arrangements to their destinations in the delivery truck as soon as he got his license. When he graduated college, he almost turned his back on the flower business his father and his grandfather built, but after mentoring under one of the shop's floral designers, he realized, “It was in [his] blood.” In 1990, he opened Field of Flowers in Davie.
The rose, he says, continues to be the most popular flower, although different breeds take the crown every so often—the current favorite is the garden rose, a throwback blossom like what might flourish in a well-tended backyard. Donn's favorites are the rose-like lisanthius and the Canterbury bells, which look delicate but are sturdy and long lasting, much like a quarterback who takes ballet classes.
Field of Flower's team of designers compose striking arrangements using popular flowers as well as rare blooms such as orchids or birds of paradise. The team also crafts design pieces for celebrations, with past creations including a french poodle sculpted from flowers and a Spongebob Squarepants–themed arrangements in which blue gel simulated the ocean, submerging plants in an under-the-sea wonderland.
With a fragrant host of photosynthesizing wares, De La Flor Gardens delights guests with colorful arrangements and occasion-appropriate projects. Eschew singing telegrams or carrier pigeons trained in interpretive dance for a colorful explosion of sentiment corralled into a carefully arranged collection of flowers. The Appreciation bouquet intersperses white and purple blossoms among eye-catching pink roses ($44.99), perfect for expressing gratitude to a mom, teacher, or friend. Or, show off your romantic side with the Token of My Love bouquet ($49.95), which nestles yellow roses, hydrangeas, and other brightly pigmented blooms into a charming wicker basket that may be repurposed for a picnic or as a storage bin for smaller, even more charming wicker baskets.
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