On our second ECN field trip series, we visited Halls Atlanta Wholesale Florist just east of campus near the historic Fourth Ward Park. Halls is the largest flower wholesaler in Atlanta and has been serving the metro area since 1959. For campus event professionals, Halls – an approved Georgia Tech vendor – is a great resource; they carry everything from floral hard goods, to potted plants, and to fresh cut flowers.
During our tour, we met Mark Bell, the supply manager for Halls. Mark told us a little about the history of Halls and how they began from shipping poinsettias to a holiday trade show in Atlanta from Alabama. Today, Halls has grown to two locations (Atlanta and Fairplay, South Carolina) and serves more than 80 percent of the special events and florists in the Southeast. Additionally, Halls hosts the Southeast’s premier hands-on training facility for floral design at the Halls Atlanta Floral Design School.
What can Halls do for you?
Halls is a wholesale floral provider. They do not put together centerpieces and floral arrangements; however, they can provide flowers, supplies, candles, etc. They are a great resource for the creative event planner with a small budget looking to make an impact. Because Halls serves a broad client base, they can suggest a subcontractor if you are in search of a freelance florist for a certain event budget. In addition, Halls offers seasonal décor, plastic and glass containers, ribbons, balloons, and silk flowers. Halls also has ready-to-go tablecloths and runners. Something to remember in case of an emergency or a Plan B arises!
How do you place an order?
As an approved Georgia Tech vendor, Halls requests that you set up an account on their website. Once your account is registered, Halls will contact you with your primary sales person. If you are ordering fresh cut flowers as a special order, they will need a two- to three-week notice and you will be responsible for the flower order. Halls does have fresh cut flowers available to pick up on the go; however, they cannot guarantee what type of flowers are available on that day. Just remember, flowers live better in free flowing water, so if you’re building your arrangement ahead of time, make sure you have plenty of room and water in the vase or container.
Halls is open from 7 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.–Noon on Saturdays. As a courtesy to Georgia Tech event planners, you can also buy flowers or floral supplies as an individual! For more information, visit Halls’ website or call Mark Bell at 404.688.9397. Happy flower arranging!