Visit the NYC Wholesale Flower District

Posted by tkau on Feb 26, 2009

One question couples ask me frequently during a consultation is, “where do you get your flowers?” For many florists and floral designers, the answer is the local flower market. Many cities don’t have a central flower market, however it’s possible that these cities have some sort of large floral wholesaler that local florists as well as future brides and grooms may visit!

Wholesaler at NYC Flower District

For couples living near a city with a large wholesale flower district, visiting the flower market is a great way to see what sort of options are available for wedding decor. You can take a look at all the available cut flowers in the color scheme of your wedding, view the different designs for containers, colors and patterns for ribbons, as well as accessories and embellishments for bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages. And, of course, a trip to the flower market is a must for the wedding flower DIY-er. It can be very overwhelming, but a lot of fun! Depending on your schedule, it might be helpful to visit the flower market about a month before your wedding with your floral designer as a guide.

She can lead you around pointing out the types of flowers she plans to use and you can see the exact colors and varieties up close. Chances are you may even see something you love at the market that may not have been included in the wedding flower proposal. This visit would be a great opportunity to have that flower, pod, branch, plant, feather, or even vegetable included!

One of the largest and most diverse flower markets in the U.S. is the NYC flower district that spans out and around 28th St. at 6th Ave. Like the rest of the wholesale districts in the city, the flower district is comprised of individual wholesalers, each occupying a storefront along parts of 28th St., 6th Avenue, and 29th Street. Many specialize in one type of offering like greens/branches, potted plants, specialty cut flowers from Holland, tropical cut flowers and greens, silk flowers, or dried botanicals, to name a few. In addition there are suppliers that sell specialty floral supplies, everyday floral supplies, as well as one of my favorites – props and rentals. Where else can you get 10 Lucite end tables that light up for that sleek South Beach stylized wedding?

Lots of fun interesting things!

The best part about shopping the NYC flower district is it’s free and most, if not all, of the vendors will sell to anyone off the street and not exclusively to resellers. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to be confident and buy lots of their product! Visit in the morning, Monday through Friday (some wholesalers are open on Saturdays) around 8-10:00 am after the rush of buyers has passed but flowers are still around. The flowers and hard goods available at the NYC flower district are simply superb – go out there and enjoy it yourself!!

Here are some favorite and recommended wholesalers and suppliers to check out:

Specialty and everyday floral supplies:

Jamali Garden Supplies
149 West 28th Street
New York, New York 10001

B&J Florist Supply Company
103 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 564-6086

Central Floral Supply
40 West 28th Street
New York, New York 10001

Specialty and everyday cut flowers:
G. Page Wholesale Flowers
120 West 28th Street
New York, New York 10001

Fisher & Page Ltd.
134 West 28th Street
New York, New York 10001

Associated Cut Flowers
131 West 28th Street
New York, New York 10001

Greens and branches:

U.S. Evergreens
805 6th Avenue
New York, New York 10001

Major Wholesale Flowers
41 West 28th Street
New York, New York 10001

Silk and dried botanicals:

Pany Silk Flowers
146 West 28th Street
New York, New York 10001

Dry Nature Design
245 West 29th Street
New York, New York 10001

Lovely cut flowers

Stay tuned for future posts about other wholesale flower districts such as my hometown market, the LA Flower District, as well as San Francisco and Boston flower markets! (Now, if I could somehow get myself to Holland!)