Exterior front view of Freshly Cut florist. Freshly Cut is located at 378 Colusa Avenue, Kensington CA 94707

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We’ve moved to Kensington

We are very excited to announce that Freshly Cut has moved to a new location and is now open. After 38 years at the same place and a pandemic year off, we’ve decided it’s time for a change. Our new location is at 378 Colusa Avenue, Kensington, just North of the Circle.

Freshly Cut is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9am to 3pm.

The year was 1983 when Janet Farina opens Freshly Cut flower shop in Berkeley, California.

Berkeley Flower Shop

It was 1982 when I noticed a new foundation being laid in the vacant lot that was next to the old Monterey Produce Market. This small pie shaped wedge of land in my Northbrae Neighborhood was home to a big billboard, a stack of empty cardboard produce boxes and best of all a huge pumpkin patch every October.

When I saw the foundation my husband stopped the car and I hopped out and started asking a lot of questions about the upcoming building. Fortunately the owner/builder was there and when we drove away I was committed to a new adventure that would soon be my very own flower shop.

A flower lover’s florist

Getting up very early three times a week is the core of my life and my business. Being able to see and choose from what just arrived either off a delivery truck, came out of that box or cut from that field, is the best part of my day.

Spring flowers are in full bloom at the flower shop. Exterior view of Freshly Cut flower shop in Berkeley, California. Two happy florists. A lovely floral centerpiece graces a table during the event set up. Front entry table display at Freshly Cut flower shop. Interior view of Freshly Cut flower shop in Berkeley, California.

Our flowers are always fresh, always seasonal, and always exquisite.

Large floral installation being installed on the fireplace mantle at The International House in Berkeley, California.
As a florist I have done many events, some big and some small. Each one has its own special look and feel to match the event and venue. I especially like creating the large flower arrangements that sometime are the focal point of the show. And one thing I’ve learned, if it involves CAL you need to have some yellow and blue. Like in this fireplace mantle arrangement under construction at The International House, Berkeley.
Two four legged rascals invade the flower shop. The Holidays at the flower shop were always filled with flowers and gifts thoughtfully displayed. A young recipient expresses joy and happiness upon receiving a Freshly Cut flower arrangement. Two tired florists relax after a busy day at the flower shop. The San Francisco Flower Market. Icelandic poppies grace the shelf display of antique collectables inside of Freshly Cut.
The San Francisco Flower Market as seen in this vintage photograph.
My dad was in the produce business and I know how hard he had to work, especially around Cherry season. Just like at the San Francisco Flower Terminal, all of these growers, farmers and importers are working hard to get the freshest and very best floral products available so that I can shop. That’s what I love about it, going to the market and seeing all of those flowers and shopping for the very best. Now keep in mind I’ve been at it for over 32 years and I wouldn’t change any of it, well maybe a couple of things.
S.F. Flower Growers Association 1982 Market Badge.
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A wonderful arrangement of Spring dogwood in a hammered copper vase to celebrate Spring at Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant in Oakland, California.

Spring Dogwood

“Freshly Cut’s arrangements always garner scores of compliments from customers, and make our dining room at one with nature. The flawlessly fresh materials they use, artfully and stunningly arranged overtime, lend natural beauty to special repasts.”
Maggie Klein, co-owner Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

A large arrangement of dogwood in a hammered copper vase to celebrate Spring at Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant in Oakland, California.

Ceramic log container with ranunculus, tulips, crabapple, hypericium foliage and green hydranges.

Just wanted to write a note of thanks for the creation of such an exceptional bouquet. Diane received the flowers today and she sent a picture: absolutely breathtaking! Best, Alana

A beautiful centerpiece just right for the table with peonies, roses, hellebore, blackberries and previt in a rectangular container.
Freshly Cut Florist

Berkeley’s Premiere Florist

378 Colusa Avenue
Kensington, California 94707

510 525-3751

Flower Delivery Tuesday - Saturday

Every season has it’s bounty and we will notify you when it arrives.

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