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The weather in Paris has been quite mild and the sun peaks out from time to time. This hint of spring inspired me to stop by my local flower shops to enjoy the blooms. I am inspired by floral design and the simple beauty of flowers.

This photo is a reminder that even on this rainy winter day, we can all find a little dose of happiness. I found mine in Natur'elle Fleuriste's store window display of beautiful blooms with a pretty reflection of Paris.
Natur'elle Fleuriste, 67, avenue de la Bourdonnais. Metro: École Militaire.
Monceau Fleurs is on 34 Boulevard des Invalides.
Parisians love flowers. On my way to the Rodin Museum, I found Monceau Fleurs.

Monceau Fleurs is a chain that would rival any flower shop or corner deli in New York City. 

They offer 300 varieties of plants and flowers with decent prices (for Paris that is) and lovely floral bouquets. 

Prices start at $6 for a bunch (roses, daisies, sunflowers), $5 to $25 for plants, and $25 for a bouquet.

A Peak Inside Monceau Fleurs....
At Monceau, pick-up a bunch of fresh flowers for $6.

Before You Go...
The shop is located at 34 Boulevard des Invalides in the 7th Arrondissement. If this particular shop isn't convenient, Monceau Fleurs has 17 locations in Paris. They are also found all over Europe. Even better, the company will take online orders. The map below is for the location on Boulevard des Invalides.

Roses (start at $12 a bunch) at Au Nom de la Rose
No matter where you turn, Paris has the best flower shops and gardens around. Here is an edited list of my favorite picks.
  1. Au Nom de la Rose-This rose and orchid shop specializes in informal and French Country-style arrangements.
  2. Fleuriste- An artisan flower shop in the Marais.
  3. Cler Fleurs-A traditional flower market on one of the prettiest cobblestone streets in Paris.
  4. Les Jardins des Tuileries and the Carousel Garden-Situated around the Louvre, the park has about 800 trees, 70,000 varieties of plants and bulbs, and a rose garden.
  5. Luxembourg Gardens-On a sunny day, nothing beats a picnic in this 60-acre park featuring fountains, amazing trees, and gorgeous flowers.

Four Seasons George V, 31, Avenue George V, Metro: George V.
A visit to the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris may not be on many tourists' must-see lists. But, it was on mine. I couldn't wait to catch a glimpse of the beautiful floral creations in the hotel lobby.

My intrigue with the hotel's blooms started with  Oprah when she interviewed the hotel's artistic director Jeff Leatham about how he found his dream job. This was my first introduction to his awe-inspiring floral displays. I was instantly hooked.

At the hotel, guests are lured in by Leatham's display of hundreds of pale green hydrangeas and bamboo standing tall in green-tinted vases of varying heights. The bold and modern centerpiece seems to be right at home among the property's classic furnishings and decor.

Around every corner there is another imaginative vignette to discover. But, one glimpse of the hotel's courtyard reveals the show-stopper. Bejeweled purple orchids, with their roots exposed, hang still from tall metal stands.

Who is Jeff Leatham? 
The designer started his career at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. Leatham also produced events and designed spaces for  Versailles, the Shilla Seoul Hotel, and the MoMa New York's re-opening. He is the star of the  TLC show Flowers UnCut and author of Flowers by Design: Jeff Leatham of the Four Seasons Hotel George V-Paris. For more on Leatham, go to his website. Or, visit his Facebook page for more photos of his work.