Looking for a thoughtful gift for your friend, family member or special someone? Take a trip to one of these delightfully unconventional Portland florists and plant shops.
Carter & Rose
This delightfully twee gift shop on trendy Southeast Division Street was founded by two best friends, a ceramicist and a florist. They combined their talents to create a collection of hip wall planters — great gifts that come complete with air plants. The eponymous Carter and Rose also craft other ceramic wares, such as beaded jewelry and fortune cookies. To make your own creations, drop by Carter & Rose on Tuesday, Wednesday or Sunday during open clay studio time.
It’s difficult to walk past the windows of Solabee on North Killingsworth without being transfixed by the lush, tropical interior. This full-service floral studio has received accolades from Martha Stewart Weddings for its creative arrangements. Their projects feature rare plant species, seasonal fruit (like crab apples) and blooms from nearby farms. Wander through the shop’s “little slice of jungle,” shopping for crystals, pottery, botanicals and hanging houseplants.
As you’re strolling through the stylish Pearl District, look for a shop window advertising “design vibes and pretty things.” Charming Christopher David combines interior decorating with floral design. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the shop receives a thoughtfully curated collection of flowers in a single gorgeous color scheme. (A spring day might feature light pink roses, tulips and carnations, for instance.) Inside, peruse a tasteful assortment of lamps, pillows, houseplants and home goods.
Hammer + Vine
Why buy your loved one a bouquet of roses when you could give them a carnivorous plant? Specialty nursery Hammer + Vine boasts eclectic greenery, including succulents, ferns, kokedama (Japanese moss balls) and — yes — bug-eating plants. The Northwest Portland shop offers DIY terrarium kits and even living air plant necklaces for the plant-lovers in your life. Round out your gift from the selection of hand-blown glass terrariums, locally made jewelry and home décor.