Doris Knows – Flower Power, Happy Mother’s Day

I love flowers! My mom taught me all about flowers and gardening when I was little. To this day a beautiful vase of fresh cut flowers or a blossoming garden evokes wonderful memories.


My mom was born in Cuba and grew up surrounded by a flourishing garden. When she, my dad, and my brothers immigrated to New York City she couldn’t have a garden; but she made sure to always have plants in their apartment and a bouquet of fresh cut flowers every week. She loved all varieties, the more colorful the better.


I lived most of my life in NYC where I, too, surrounded my apartment with houseplants and a vase of weekly cut flowers. Every week I went to the Union Square Farmers’ Market and the nearby Flower District. When I moved to Connecticut, I continued to follow in my mom’s footsteps. Even though I now have a beautiful garden I still can’t give up my aromatic bouquets and tons of indoor plants.


I’m lucky to have several incredible florists close by for fragrant, fresh cut flowers. If I want a quick pick-me-up I zip into Trader Joe’s for a simple bouquet; but If I want to send a gorgeous arrangement to someone special or turn up the volume on a bouquet or centerpiece here are my favorite local florists. . .


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Compo Farm Flowers fits the bill when I feel like creating my own design from their terrific selection of cut blossoms.

With 2 locations:

392 Post Road East in Westport, (203) 226-1293.

27 Tokeneke Road in Darien, (203) 656-7272.


The Flowerfall has super cool arrangements and is perfect when I need something unusual and out of the box. (Martha thinks so, too. Yes, that Martha.)

Located at 740 Post Road East in Westport, (203) 221-8080.


Westport Flower/Hansen’s Flower Shop is where I go when I’m sending a bouquet that is more traditionally inspired, but with a little twist. They are very accommodating and will gladly work with you to create a custom arrangement.

With 2 locations:

1040 Post Road in Fairfield, (203) 255-0461 or (800) 448-1456.

1 Treadwell Avenue in Westport, (203) 227-9534 or (800) 448-1456.


KD&J Botanica Floral & Event Design create arrangements that are ideal for an upscale event or a stunning, elegant and contemporary floral design for your home. They don’t have a “retail” shop; but you can order by phone and coming very soon they’ll have an online floral boutique!

Located in Westport, (203) 226-0202,


Oh, and if you’re wondering, fragrant, Oriental lilies are my favorite, with Tulips coming in a close second :) Gracias Mami!!