One of my favorite thing to do on Sundays is to get some fresh blooms for the week. I've always had a love for beautiful flowers, as most little girls do. I also love the design aspect to floral arrangement and the ability to use your creativity! I love the freshness and brightness it brings to my apartment. It's just like any type of design, how different people are drawn to different styles. My favorite types of arrangements are those with greenery, bright whites, and a bright color that makes it pop. I love hydrangeas, dahlias and sunflowers most, and it often like to mix in some succulents with the greenery.
My favorite flower shop in the city is called The Bud Stop (@thebudstop) and is on Union Street in the Marina. I really like it because they have tons of fresh blooms daily that are displayed in a visually appealing way that helps your creativity flow. I like that I can go there and pick what flowers to include in my bouquet or arrangement. The employees are also extremely helpful with great ideas of what to include and what types of flowers look good together.
I would also recommend Angel's Flowers in North Beach and Rincon Flowers in SOMA -- two of my favorites! Farmgirl Flowers and Bloomthat are great for sending burlap wrapped arrangements to someone. Farmgirl Flowers also sells arrangements made daily at little markets. Check out Small Foods in SOMA to get a cute arrangement in a little vase or succulent in tin for your desk! The most beautiful flowers, however, you'll find at Pike Place Market in Seattle. I debated getting flowers to bring all the way back to San Francisco on the airplane with me. They have the most amazing blooms in the fall, so highly recommend stopping by next time you're visiting.
A lot of florists offer flower arrangement classes, which sounds like a blast and a fun thing to do with some girl friends on the weekend, or for a team building outing for work. It seems like classes range from a repeating weekly class to a one day session that lasts a couple of hours! I'm eager to do that in the near future, which will be so helpful when thinking of floral design ideas for my wedding next summer. You can take them at San Francisco City College, Soulflower, San Francisco School of Flower Design, In Water, and many more!