Support Your Local Flower Shops – Petals for the People and Mother Virginia

Photo by Sam von Pollaro

I received word on two great Flower shops. First is from lead singer of the great band, Junior League Band, Lissy Rosemont. She writes:

“I am the lead singer in the Junior League Band by night, and a florist for the Petworth based “Petals for the People” by day, a flower subscription service. I wanted to let your readers know about some of our upcoming events (including free flower giveaways) that Petals for the People is sponsoring to promote our service.

The idea is that with our service folks can have beautiful, creative flowers in their life on a regular basis for a low cost and without a lot of hassle (we have pickup spots for metro commuters as well as delivery services). One of the perks that sets PFTP apart is that Sarah von Pollaro, the founding florist, posts a weekly video blog that shows you how to arrange that specific week’s flowers. So, if you’d like, you can learn flower arranging along the way! Each bundle includes enough flowers to make up to 3 or 4 arrangements for your apartment, office or home.

It’s an easy way to have beautiful, creative flowers in your life on a regular basis.

Treat yourself! Or the loved ones in your life.

Petals for the People bundle subscriptions are the alternative to your average Valentine’s Day roses (which are sold at highly inflated prices) and in general a great gift for the loved ones in your life.

To show you what we mean, we will have roving Petal Patrols giving away flowers at locations throughout the DC metro area this coming weekend (see below for the schedule). We’re also hosting a hands-on Flower Arranging Workshop on February 13th for folks who want to make their own flower arrangements for, or with, their Valentine! At the workshop, which costs $55 per participant, you get enough flowers to make two beautiful arrangements to treat yourself or your loved ones! If you want more flowers in your life, then come and visit us at

Flower Arranging Workshop on Feb 13th details at

Petal Patrols giving away free flowers:

* City Vista (5th St NW between K and L) – Friday, Feb 5th: 5:30-6:30p
* Arlington (Farmers Market in Courthouse) – Saturday, Feb 6th: 10:30-11:15a
* Arlington (Market Commons in Clarendon) – Saturday, Feb 6th: 11:15a-12p
* Capitol Hill (Eastern Market) – Saturday, Feb 6th: 12:30-1:30p
* Bethesda (Woodmont St) – Saturday, Feb 6th: 2-3p
* Dupont Circle (Farmers Market) – Sunday, Feb 7th: 10:30-11:30a”


Second is from a reader:

“Dear PoP,

I hosted a baby shower this past weekend and needed to buy a floral center piece. I had driven by it the previous weekend, so I decided to patronize the Petworth business, Mother Virgnia, as opposed to order something from downtown or online. They’re at the corner of Georgia Ave and Allison. I have to say, they were fantastic!! When I went in last Wednesday, Bob and Ricardo gave me tons of cute options for the vase and the flowers they picked out were gorgeous! They seemed to have a great selection and great prices. Lots of Valentine’s day vases too. And, when I picked up my arrangment and balloons on Saturday, they even opened an hour early to accommodate my schedule. Needless to say, I’ll definitely go back!”

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