18 Queer Florists to Follow on Instagram

I started arranging the flowers myself. It started as a pandemic hobby and then bloomed (sorry!) into something more. I won’t lie: It’s frustrating, time-consuming work. I learned that to make flower arrangements that looked the way I wanted them to, I’d need to be patient. I’d need to accept mistakes and learn from them. I’d need to treat arranging flowers the same way I treat cooking food: reject perfectionism, and embrace improvisation and adaptability. Cut a stem too short? Okay, time to reappropriate that piece. Need some extra filler in a vase but run out of flowers? Let’s get some fresh herbs in there — why not! Pierce myself with a rose’s thorn? Bandage the blood and keep going. I also flooded my Instagram feed with queer florists. I don’t pretend I do what they do; they’re professionals. They’re artists. My arrangements have their place. In my home. They’re imperfect, and they’re very me, and I like it that way. But I like to look at other arrangements for inspiration, observe how they play with textures and lengths and take notes. I would never try to mimic them exactly — again, I’m more of a dabbler/amateur! But it’s nice to see how the pros do it. And if nothing else, it means I get to see lovely floral photos every time I open the app. Here are some queer florists/queer-owned floral shops worth a follow! I’ve included where they’re located, so if they’re in your city, consider hitting them up for your floral needs! Some are still accepting orders for Valentine’s Day. Planning a gay wedding? Check out potential vendors on this list!


Coy & Co (Portland, OR)


Whit McClure (Los Angeles, CA)

Note: This is the incredible queer florist behind the florals in The L Word: Generation Q season two’s eighth episode!!!!


Best Friends Flowers (New Haven, CT)


stempowered_ (Portland, OR)


Golden Wild Florals (Lakeland, FL)


Daisyhead Florals (Sacramento, CA)


Moon Jar Design (Los Angeles, CA)


J. Lea Florals (Jacksonville, FL)


@roseparchment (Laguna Beach, CA)


Something’s Blooming (Los Angeles, CA)


Behold Floral Design (Dallas, TX)


Elizabeth Cronin / Asrai Garden (Chicago, IL)


LULO+LY Floral Studio (Brooklyn but also Australia)


Sable Blooms (Arcata, CA)


Miriam Bloom Designs (Brooklyn)


@flower_shop_phl (Philadelphia, PA)


Floreography (Arlington, MA)


Jewel Sales (Los Angeles, CA)



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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Miami. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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    So so pleased to be on this list with so many rad queer florists! MY HEART IS FULL 🌺🌈💕✨

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