Best Floral Shop: The Tall Tulip
Receiving a floral arrangement from The Tall Tulip is like getting a handpicked bouquet of freshly cut flowers from an English country garden delivered to your door.
Kip and Amy Tirone, who own the flower shop on Ninth Street downtown, are known for creating one-of-a-kind arrangements that are anything but traditional.
You won’t find roses or carnations at The Tall Tulip, which has been selected for the fifth year running as Best Flower Shop in town. Instead, the Tirones order flowers from the Aalsmeer Flower Auction in Holland, and Amy drives to Denver International Airport weekly to pick up their shipments of fresh blooms carefully selected from around the globe.
“We can get the best of the best, because it has to the best of the best to be sold at the auction,” Amy says. “If it’s grown anywhere in the world, we can get it.”
A year ago, Kip and Amy moved The Tall Tulip from Wildhorse Marketplace to their new location in the heart of downtown. The new space is bright and airy and filled with a wide array of gift items, succulents, potted plants, and of course, flowers.
Centerstage in their shop is a large work table where Kip, Amy, their staff, and even their children, Arthur and Sophia, work together to create floral arrangements uniquely designed for each customer.
“We want people to feel like flowers are approachable,” says Amy, who encourages visitors to step up to the table and watch. “I think people like to see how it all comes together.”
Amy and Kip, who are both self-taught when it comes to the art of flower arranging, are always looking for inspiration and new shapes to use in their arrangements, which they describe as “refined with a touch of whimsy.”
“Flowers don’t have to be upright and stand at attention,” explains Amy, who keeps a quote from Constance Spry, a floral designer in the 1950s, displayed above her desk that, in part, says, “Do what you please, follow your own star . . . Open your minds to every form of beauty.”
“Amy breaks all the rules,” Kip adds.
The husband and wife team enjoy working together, and they love the business they’ve created as a family with the support of friends and the community.
“We just get to come to work every day and make people happy,” Amy says.
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