How to Shop at the Los Angeles Flower Market

Have you wanted to learn how to shop at the Los Angeles Flower Market?  I’d never been there until I went with my friend Julie and shadowed her while she bought flowers for Rosh Hashanah. She seems to go there at least once a month due to her family functions (large family). After visiting and learning about how to shop at the Los Angeles Flower Market, I will never again shop elsewhere when I need more than one floral arrangement. The freshness and low prices are worth the trek to L.A. Let me break it down for you so you can go too!

How to Shop at the Los Angeles Flower Market – Location, Hours and Parking

The Los Angeles Flower Market is located  at 754 Wall Street, Los Angeles, Ca. It is in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, and you’ll need to arrive early (before 9 am) to get good pickings on the day’s flowers and plants. The market opens at 6 or 8am and closes between 11 and noon (depending on the day). Trade gets first dibs, usually starting at 2am! There are two large warehouses across from each other that make up the Original Flower Market.

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They’ve been around since 1921! Wow.

Parking is easy – just park in one of the garages adjacent to the market. When we went, it was $9 for parking. The price varies depending on the time of day.

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It costs $2 to get access to the two warehouses.

Inside the Flower Market

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What struck me when I entered was the vastness of the space. There were vendors everywhere.

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Flowers filled the warehouses, with large open areas for carts to pass.

Floral Varieties

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Our first stop was to pick up some cymbidium orchid stems. I buy these all the time. Pick the flowers off and put in water tubes to mix in with succulents and florals. These were $8 per stem. At Bristol Farms they cost $14.

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These orchids are great to leave on the stem. Use to add a splash of tropical luxury to floral arrangements.

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How gorgeous is this huge orchid flower pair?

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There was fun decor for floral arrangements too. Easy to get overwhelmed by the choices!

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We purchased these Walking Sticks for $12 (thin) and $16 (thick) to make dining table centerpieces (arrangement post to follow soon!)

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I love these Gerber Daisies, but they fall over so easily and I’m too lazy to reinforce each stem with a stick.

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Love, love yellow roses!

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Can you believe they were $40 for 10 dozen? They were smaller roses, but still!

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I love Ranunculas and Peonies! But these were too small for my liking. My favorite is a huge bouquet of pink peonies. It’s a shame they have such a short June season.

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Julie says to pick a color scheme before you go and then buy the flowers in season. These mums looked so fresh.

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Pauline and I loved these Rice flowers and got a few bunches for $5 each. But I was disappointed they only lasted a few days and the stems disintegrated very fast and turned the water brown.

Succulents

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We loved these air plants in hanging glass balls! I think they were around $20 each.

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I loooove succulents due to their long lives! I have them all around my house, inside and out.

Filler Flowers

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For arrangements, get a combo of sizes.

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Gorgeous fillers! I see these in high end floral arrangements all the time!

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How beautiful are these filler flowers? I love the different shades of green!

Orchids, Orchids and Orchids!

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My heart sings at the sight of all the orchids! Each plant ranges from $7-13 depending on size and 1 vs 2 stems. Grocery stores charge $16 and up, don’t they??

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These phalaenopsis orchids were available in loose stems (vs. potted): 10 large stems for $40. They would make absolutely gorgeous centerpieces and will last 2 weeks. I think I’ll try these next time we have a special occasion.

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LOVE. My wedding bouquet and flowers were orchids. My favorite.

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Aren’t all the colors so beautiful?

Shopping Complete

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Loading up the cart!

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Close up of Julie’s purchases

Wow, a lot of pictures. But don’t you feel like you went there with me? I’m so glad I now know how to shop at the Los Angeles Flower Market! I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to check it out.

So, do you think you will go too? The prices are 30-50% less than retail. But it’s hard to take a whole morning to shop for flowers. For special occasions, we would be crazy not to go.

I noticed how many fashionable women were shopping at the flower market when I was there. It was like a high-end casual clothing fashion show! Makes sense if those women are having parties or decorating their homes.

I hope you found this post helpful! And if you don’t live in Los Angeles, I’m sure there is something similar near you. Every town has a wholesale flower market. I will be posting next on how to make beautiful flower arrangements from home. Stay tuned… and thanks for reading my blog!

Flavor Your Life with an Ounce of Salt. A lifestyle blog by Jen Oliak.