Roses et Pivoines is not your ordinary upscale florist. But then, wouldn’t you expect a special floral shop in the Miami Design District? Edi Soledad, the owner and creative director comes from a fashion background in London and it shows. I bought several white tinged with green hydrangeas which he wrapped in thick black paper, tied with a black ribbon, and attached a black card with the word “enjoy” in gold ink. As I walked around the District with my bouquet, an affordable luxury at $9, people stopped me to ask where I got them. Then there are his over the top floral arranging classes. Perfect for gifts – or for self gifting – for Valentine’s Day or anytime. And for another indulgence, while in the Design District, check out new ice cream and sweet shop, MadLab Creamery by Soraya Kilgore (yes, the wife of Alter chef Bradley).
The shop is named for a special fragrant garden rose that’s crossed with a pivoine which means peony in French. It was created by Yves Piaget. It’s divine, and an indulgence, at $50 for a dozen. They arrive on Friday for “le weekend”. For those less flush, there are red explorer roses for $20 a dozen which are said to last two weeks.
His arrangements he describes as ‘organic, free form, and emphasizing shape and design”. He wants them to reflect how things grow organically.
Other standouts in the shop include lady slipper orchids, vanda orchids from Thailand and two tone anthuriums from Korea. There’s also a selection of succulents, exotic ferns, and agave plants.
The shop is easily identified with a European style flower cart in front overflowing with white and antique green hydrangeas.
I asked him how to help ensure the roses last? His advice: cut the stems at a slant and put them immediately in cool water. He emphasized “immediately”, saying that it only takes 30 seconds for the stems to dry out. Water should be changed daily for any flowers he added.
And for floral designers to be or just hobbyists, there’s a class in Floral Design coming up February 24. Learn how to work with fresh exotic blooms and design principles. This workshop, one of a series, focuses on Modern Floral Compositions. Learn care tips, tricks of the trade and how to create beautiful floral arrangements.
Light pastries and refreshments will be served throughout the workshop, as you learn in a fun and relaxed environment. No experience or tools needed. All supplies and take home goodies will be provided, so you can create floral masterpieces at home. A professional photographer will be on site to document the process and your creations for you to share on social media. It’s $550 a person.
He also does arrangements for weddings and other special events.
Roses et Pivoines,164 N.E. 41st Street, T.786-452-7144.
For another indulgence, head on over to MadLab Creamery, 140 N.E.39th Street, in the Palm Court. It’s all about soft serve ice cream, Japanese cheesecake and gourmet chocolate, the passion of Soraya KIlgore, wife of Bradley of Alter (and she makes different desserts for Alter). The dessert that has everyone talking about and photographing is the soft serve cone with handspun cotton candy with real flowers. That’s just one of a couple dozen toppings ranging from chocolate bark and Japanese cheesecake to uber creamy whipped cream. There’s also a selection of chocolate bark. A cone is $8.50 which includes one topping and one sauce. A “plain Jane” 6 ounce cup is $6.50.