Batt’s Florist
4 Eliza St.
Open Feb. 13 until 7 p.m.
Open Feb. 14, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Advice from owner Carol Cappillino: “Valentine’s falls on the same day every year, so it shouldn’t surprise you. I tell people to spend within their budget. I’ve been doing this for 40 years and can tell you, whether you can afford one rose or a dozen, it really is the thought that counts. If you want to impress her, have them delivered to the restaurant so they are waiting for her at the table.”

Flora Garden & Home
197 Main St.
Open Feb. 13 from until 5:30 p.m.
Open Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Advice from owner Mary Fris: “Don’t wait until the last minute because if I run out, you are out of luck. Avoid the ‘cardboard roses’ — the equivalent of Red Delicious apples — found in every drugstore. Garden roses, or David Austin roses, are older varieties, often fragrant and unusual in color and petal arrangement. Many people prefer an assortment: Ranunculus and Lisianthus are popular and grown in local greenhouses and so are Anemones. Mixed with waxflowers and antique Holland Hydrangeas, they make a beautiful and romantic bouquet.”

Raven Rose
474 Main St.
Open Feb. 13 until 7 p.m.
Open Feb. 14, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Advice from owner Courtney Sedor: “When florists order roses for the holiday, we are required to buy a mix of colors, so be open to something other than red. If buying on Valentine’s Day, you will have to be flexible; ask for a ‘designer’s choice.’ And if you shop at the last minute, give yourself extra time: There will be other last-minute shoppers ahead of you!”


Cold Spring Florist
159 Main St.
Open Feb. 13 until 8 p.m.
Open Feb. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Advice from owner Mary Supino: “Some men know what flowers their wives like, so they might ask for lilies. I’m not a big rose person, and a lot of women aren’t. I think most women prefer a mixed bouquet, so when the roses die you can still enjoy the bouquet. I don’t think of Valentine’s as a rose day as much as a flower day. I know we’ll be busy on Thursday night because the men will get off the train and realize they forgot.”

Now in Bloom
66 Main St.
Open Feb. 13 until 7 p.m.
Open Feb. 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Advice from owner Bo Corre: “I’ll be doing arrangements in various colors: Vintage dusty pink and white, hot pinks and purple ones. lavender and maroon colors, deep reds and maroon colors. Whichever you choose should reflect the personality of the recipient: Soft and gentle or vibrant and passionate.”

Behind The Story

Type: News

News: Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.

A former longtime national magazine editor, Rowe has worked at newspapers in Michigan, Idaho and South Dakota and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. Location: Philipstown. Languages: English. Area of Expertise: General.