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Shop local when buying Mother’s Day flowers online

When buying flowers online this Mother’s Day, go to a local florist’s website you know and trust.  That’s the advice from industry experts.

“Choose the florist you would normally shop at to be your florist of choice when shopping online,” says Lara Mathias-Santos from West Van Florist.

She also cautions people about using larger wire services.

“What they do is they take that order and look for florists in that area and then they give a percentage of what you paid to that florist to create your order, ” says Mathias-Santos.  That could translate into a disappointing flower arrangement on mom’s special day.

Kristin Ames of Posy in North Vancouver says timing is important, “It’s usually one of those things that it doesn’t go bad until it’s too late.”

To ensure your flowers stay fresh and stay beautiful for a long time look for a florist with a good reputation, take time to read reviews.

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“Make sure you are buying from someone reputable that has the proper refrigeration that’s going to care for them properly and then you get the longest lasting arrangement,” says Ames.

On a budget? Consider what’s in season.

“Buy any flowers that are locally grown and in season and that’s going to keep your costs down. If you’re buying roses or anything that is imported from overseas or South America, that’s going to drive your price up,” adds Ames.

Also, order early in the week; orders tend to be prioritized which means you will likely get what you want, so if you leave it to the last minute some of the varieties may be gone.