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Best Morbid Florist New York 2009 - McGovern Florist

McGovern Florist

McGovern Florist

750 5th Ave.

Brooklyn, NY 11232


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Really, the sign says it all: "Cemetery Plots Cared for * Fruit Baskets * Balloons * Plants for all Occasions." Sure, McGovern Florist has the usual botanical paraphernalia—out front, trays of daisies and impatiens await implantation, and bags of soil huddle; inside, a cooler chills buckets of roses, lilies, and tulips—but alongside this flora, more macabre items nestle. There are pink, purple, and red plastic flowers fashioned into circles or crosses, grave markers that declare, "Happy Birthday," and an array of cards that celebrate "My Dad in Heaven," "My Mom in Heaven," "My Beloved Child in Heaven," and "A Message From Heart to Heaven." Located across the street from Green-Wood Cemetery, this Victorian greenhouse—a distinctive, if somewhat dilapidated, structure boasting a glass dome and a jaunty cupola—has sold bouquets for more than 100 years. The current owners have thrived there for nearly 40, dispensing prom corsages and funeral wreaths alike. Apparently, when you say it with flowers, even the dead listen.

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I am not sure how the owners of McGovern Florist feel about their Morbid Florist award, but I can tell you this award could not have been given to nicer people. Whether you are looking around or actually buying something to pay your respects to a friend or loved one in the cemetery, you are always treated warmly. I LOVE going to McGovern Florist. That family has been there for as long as I can remember and the people are always caring and welcoming. It may seem morbid to some to have a wide variety of selections geared for the cemetery, but they are located directly across the street from one of the oldest cemeteries in Brooklyn. Congratulation!! McGovern Florist !!


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