Ferguson Lane / 376 Wukang Lu /
near Tai'an Lu / +86 21 2821 2241
Vital to interioristas, romantics and well-wishers throughout the world, cut flowers are one of life’s greatest luxuries, a symbol of extravagance, taste and beauty, and also a clear barometer of affluence – the arrival of a florist in any neighbourhood is a clear sign the area has ‘arrived’. And yet heretofore, finding really good flowers in Shanghai was somewhat of a challenge, inevitably ending with harried tramping through various rough and ready markets, where vulgar, blue-dyed chrysanthemums sat alongside pert sugar pink roses each with an added frill collar of lilac nylon netting in a misguided attempt to embellish nature.
What a joy then, to happen upon Rosa Gallica, nestling in the exclusive and desirable shopping enclave of Ferguson Lane, this is the real blooming deal. The amazing array of long-stemmed, perfect roses all imported from the company’s own farm in Kunming are just the start. Step inside and you’re greeted by assistants who speak perfect English and who can assemble a hand-tied bouquet in minutes to rival anything from London’s Paula Pryke or Jane Packer. With an excellent range of potted white phalaenopsis orchids as well as cut dendrobiums, lilies, peonies, helliconia, cow parsley, freesias and fresh foliage, you’ll soon be looking cosy with a Rosa Gallica posy.