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Best Florist (2012)
Swenson & Silacci
110 John St., Salinas 424-2725
432 Alvarado St., Monterey 375-2725
From elegant orchids to school-spirit-colored leis, this all-occasions florist has been serving up aromatic petals for 67 years. There’s a breathtaking range here, and bouquets expertly crafted to communicate any message through flowers: traditional roses, tropical orchids started locally in the Salinas Valley, bright daisies, patriotic combos. Whether you’re expressing love, sympathy, mischief or admiration, Swenson & Silacci offers perfectly suited buds. Call and order, or do yourself a favor and visit a shop where you’ll inhale heavenly garden-scented air.