If it weren't for flowers, bees could only suck nectar from picnic sandwiches, cream sodas, and goblins' tears. Give your honey the sweetest stuff with today's Groupon: for $35, you get $75 worth of exotic floral arrangements from Ovando in the West Village.
Ovando follows the Gregorian calendar's lead with a seasonally changing array of fresh-cut flowers. Peruse Ovando's secret garden of seasonal arrangements, white blooms, and orchids arranged by owner Sandra de Ovando in stylish minimalist designs. The Romance in Red arrangement ($150+), housed in an ice vase, conveys amorous affection better than a cherry popsicle. The Floating Flower Ball ($125+) is a planet of petals ideal for a home, office, or top-secret surface-of-the-moon astronomy station. Be Prince Charming with the Lady Slipper orchid ($100), or wake up from a slumber of plastic petals with the fresh blooms of the Sleeping Beauty ($95+).
Ovando offers myriad other bouquets ($15+), single roses and calla lilies ($5–$8), and vase arrangements ($50+) at its bright Bleecker Street boutique. Although the fee is not covered in this deal, Ovando does offer delivery within New York City ($20; for outside the city delivery, call Ovando for a quote).
Sandra de Ovando was named Fashion's No. 33 Most Powerful by the New York Daily News in 2008. Her creations have been featured in Brides magazine, flower magazine, Daily Candy, and more. New York Magazine and Time Out New York mention her shop on their websites:
- West Village-based flower merchant Ovando treats her bouquets like designer collections. Each quarter, she decides on a seasonal color palette drawing from runway trends. Her savvy has snagged clients like Max Mara, Louis Vuitton and Hermès. – NY Daily News
- Mexican designer Sandra de Ovando has a love of bright colors and a distinctly sculptural style, and containers are not always necessary. Her arrangements are elegant and artsy. – New York Magazine
- …for truly luxurious, top-of-the-line arrangements, Sandra Ovando is your go-to girl…The cozy 400-square-foot space is packed to the brim with towering plants, sweet-smelling flowers and exotic home accessories waiting to brighten up your abode. – Time Out New York