{shopping the l.a. flower mart} / by SLFK Admin

For many of you that want to want to make your own arrangements, floral crowns or any floral project and want to head to the L.A. Flower Mart, I've created this simple guide to make life easier. The L.A. flower mart is open to the public during certain hours. With a huge selection that is by far better than your local grocery store flowers, going there can be fun, yet intimidating. It's a floral lovers candy store.

{HOURS} - (HINT: Go early, some vendors start packing up even before closing time. You also get the best when you go first thing!)

The Original Los Angeles Flower Market

Trade/Wholesale (ONLY): 

Mon. & Wed.2 am to 8 am, Tues.5 am to 6 am, Thurs. 5 am to 12 pm, Fri.2 am to 2 pm, Sat. 5 am to 2 pm 

Non-Trade (PUBLIC):

Mon. & Wed. ($2 fee) 8 am to 12 pm, Tues. ($2 admission) 6 am to 11 am, Thurs. ($2 admission) 6 am to 12 pm, Friday ($2 admission) 8 am to 2 pm, Saturday ($1 admission) 6 am to 2 pm

Southern California Flower Market

Trade/Wholesale (ONLY):

Mon., Wed., & Fri. 2 am to 8 am Tues., Thurs., & Sat. 5 am to 6 am   

Non-Trade (PUBLIC): Mon., Wed. & Fri. ($2 fee) 8 am to 12 pm, Tues. & Thurs. ($2 admission) 6 am to 11 am, Saturday ($1 admission) 6 am to 12 pm 

{PARKING}

Parking is available on the street or rooftop over both marts. (HINT: Both marts are right across the street from each other). Parking on the roof can get expensive if you're there for awhile. And be cautious that if it's your first time, you'll walk in amazed and in floral craze and your trip may take longer than you anticipate.

{TAKE YOUR TIME}

There is plenty to see, so don't buy from the first vendor you see, SHOP AROUND to see if there is something less expensive or even better, something that is in better condition. Excitement of the beauty of flowers always gets to me too, but a lot of the vendors carry many different options. You can find plants, blooms, flowering branches, succulents, floral accessories, you name it. If your mind works like mine, I come up with ideas by finding the blooms or foliage that interest me.

{BRING CASH}

Although most vendors accept credit cards, bring cash, because some don't. You never know if that one bunch of flowers that catches your eye is from the guy that only accepts cash.

{BRING A BUCKET WITH WATER}

Your flowers will thank you for this so bring a bucket filled half way with water. Keep your flowers drinking for as long as possible once purchased, even during the transport back home.

{IF YOU DONT SEE IT...}

If you're searching for something in particular and can't find it, ASK. Sometimes vendors have things in the cooler that aren't out. If it's in season, you will most likely find it somewhere here.