2525 W. Main St. Mesa, Arizona 85201 (480)967-8797

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Watson Flower Shops
ADDRESS
2525 W. Main St.
 
Mesa
 
AZ 85201
PHONE
(480) 967-8797
EMAIL

Watson Flower Shops, Inc was founded in 1927

In 1927 Grandma Irene Watson started selling flowers out of her home with flowers grown in her own garden. Shortly after she started selling flowers Irene purchased 5,000 rose bushes and went door to door selling the roses for $0.25 each. With the profit she made from selling these rose bushes she and her husband, Charles, purchased an 18 acre farm on a road connecting downtown Tempe and downtown Mesa. On this farm Charles and Irene not only grew flowers but grew their family as well. The residents in Mesa knew Irene very well and referred to her as “The Rose Lady.”


Watson's Flower shop founder
Irene Watson, "The Rose Lady"

 


Charles & Irene Watson on their wedding day in 1899

Before opening her own flower shop Irene interned at Brown’s flower shop in Utah. She gained valuable skills in design while there and she learned many other things about the floral industry. She also learned about the growers in California and how to order and ship flowers from there.

 


Watson’s Flower Shop cerca 1940

 

Ownership Passes to the 2nd Generation

In 1946 ownership of the flower shop passed to one of Charles and Irene’s daughters, Eva. Prior to Eva taking over the family business, Eva worked as head surgical nurse at the Southside District Hospital in downtown Mesa. Eva married a wonderful man, James Ernest Johnson Sr. and both were very involved in the family flower business.


Ernie & Eva Johnson
On their wedding day in 1939


Eva Watson, Head Surgical Nurse, Southside District Hospital

During the years between the end of WWII and 1950 Ernie and Eve had grown the business, establishing 3 branch locations in the East Valley, and franchising locations in Tucson and Flagstaff. Also in the 50’s, the flower shop purchased a large neon sign. This sign along with many other neon signs along their stretch of road (which had become the US 60) would become famous in Americana.

 

The Johnson and Haw’s families

The history of the Haws and Watson families dates back to the 30's and 40's when Lyman Haws and Ernie Johnson were best friends in high school. Ernie married Eva Watson and, together continued Watson Flower Shops. Lyman developed his floral design talent at Watson Flowers. Many years later, in 1964, Lyman joined the Haws family business and built Haws Flowers and Gifts on Mesa Dr in Mesa until he retired in 1988.

After Lyman retired, Henry (Lyman’s brother) operated Haws Flowers with his wife Edna for many years. Both Henry and Edna retired from the floral industry in 2009 and asked Watson Flower Shops to serve their customers.
 

Consolidating the Business


In 1950 Ernie Johnson passed away and was survived by his wife Eva and their three children.  Now with the responsibilities of raising her family and running a business on her own the other locations were closed.

 

Ownership Passes to the 3rd Generation


In 1976, Eva’s son David with his wife, Pam, took over management of Watson Flowers. With many years experience with farming, David continued the family tradition of growing flowers on the farm originally purchased by his grandparents.

David & Pam Johnson, owners of Watson Flower Shops 1976-2009
In 2005, three years of construction of the “Valley Metro” light rail train system was about to start in front of their Mesa store. David and Pam knew that access would be greatly limited during construction of the Metro system. They wanted their customers in the East Valley to be able to reach their flower shop easily so in the Fall of 2005 David and Pam opened a branch location in Gilbert, AZ. The new store is conveniently located on the corner of Val Vista Dr and Guadalupe Rd.

 

Ownership Passes to the 4th Generation

In 2009, David and Pam retired from the floral industry. Management of Watson Flower Shops has now passed to two of their sons, Nathan and Jacob Johnson, and both are eager to uphold the family tradition of growing and selling the longest lasting, highest quality flowers at a reasonable price. Their main store is still located on the original acre of land purchased by Great grandma Irene Watson in 1931.

Nathan graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in finance while working at the family business. Jacob also graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in management. Both of David’s sons grew up being very involved in the family flower business.

Nathan and Jacob became certified Arizona State Master Florist in 2006. Nathan cu has served as the President of the Tempe Apache Boulevard Association (a community organization David also served on) and Jacob had seerved on the Arizona Floral Association Board of Directors.

 

Why you should choose Watson Flower Shops

Watson Flower Shop has a proud history of service to the east valley and the Phoenix Metro area. Great grandma Irene Watson instilled three qualities in the generations of florist that followed her. The three qualities are to sell the highest quality flowers with the best possible service at a reasonable price. Every generation of florist since has honored her memory by upholding this family tradition.

So what sets Watson Flower Shops apart from the others? It is the foundation upon which our flower shop is built. Each generation has grown up as a florist; each generation has acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to have over 90 years of satisfied customers. What you can expect from Watson Flowers is professional courtesy in customer service and the highest quality, longest lasting flowers every time you order.

When you order from Watson Flowers you can order with confidence knowing we will give your order the personal attention it takes to make your gift perfect. Regardless of the occasion, the recipient of your floral gift will be delighted. We guarantee it or your money back. That’s the way Great grandma Irene Watson did it 90 years ago and that’s how we do it today.
 

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If you have any questions or need more information, please call us directly at any of our Valley Locations. We're always here to serve you and make your flower-sending experience a pleasure.

Mesa Store
2525 W Main St
Mesa, AZ 85201

480-967-8797
Monday thru Friday: 8am to 6pm (summer hours 8am to 5pm)
Saturday: 8am to 4pm (summer hours 9am to 2pm)
Sunday: Closed
*Summer hours are Memorial Day to Labor Day*
Tempe Store
2425 E Apache Blvd
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-967-0161

 

Monday thru Friday: 8am to 6pm (summer hours 8am to 5pm)
Saturday: 8am to 4pm (summer hours 9am to 2pm)
Sunday: Closed
*Summer hours are Memorial Day to Labor Day*
Gilbert Store
929 N Val Vista Dr Ste107
Gilbert, AZ 85234
480-632-8700

 

Monday thru Friday: 9am to 5pm (summer hours 9am to 4pm)
Saturday: 9am to 4pm (summer hours 9am to 1pm)
Sunday: Closed
*Summer hours are Memorial Day to Labor Day*
E-mail: info@watsonflowers.com

Our shop will always be closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


Watson Flower Shops
2525 W. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201

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Our local delivery area includes these Phoenix Metro area cities: Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun Lakes, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, and Gold Canyon.

We are a member of Teleflora, an association of florists with over thirty thousand members worldwide. Through Teleflora, we can send your flowers nationwide or around the world.

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  •      Fresh flower guarantee.

    We carry a full line of the freshest flowers available. We ship flowers in from California, New Mexico, Hawaii, Thailand, Holland and South America. The flowers we receive are "guaranteed fresh." We subscribe to and practice the "Ten Steps to Extended Flower Life" to guarantee the freshest and longest lasting flowers in the floral industry.

  •      We carry a large inventory of:

  • Fresh Flowers
  • Pottery
  • Tropicals
  • Glass ware
  • Blooming Plants
  • Silk & Dried flowers
  • Green Plants
  • Extensive gift line
  • Baskets
  • Mylar & Latex Balloons


  •      Highly trained and experienced design staff.

    Our design staff has over 180 years combined design experience. They are unmatched in their artistic and creative ability. Our professional team of designers custom design distinctive floral arrangements in a variety of styles. Including:

  • Traditional Designs
  • European
  • Classical
  • Ikebana
  • Modern
  • Tropical
  • High Style
  • Exotic designs


  •      We specialize in the following services:

  • Birthday & Anniversary designs
  • Silk arrangements
  • Get Well & Hospital designs
  • Dried floral arrangements
  • New baby designs, gifts & pottery
  • Holiday / Party decorations
  • Funeral designs & Memorial tributes
  • Business gifts
  • European / dish gardens
  • Weddings
  • Gourmet and fruit baskets
  • Corsages
  • Gift baskets
  • Greeting cards
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    If the hospital or mortuary you’d like to send to isn’t on this list, give us a call anyway, we just might deliver there.  Below is just the short list!

     

    Hospitals in our local delivery area:

    Arizona Regional Medical Center

    Arizona Spine & Joint Hospital

    Banner Desert Medical Center

    Banner Baywood Medical Center

    Banner Baywood Heart Hospital

    Banner Children’s Hospital at Banner Desert (Carden’s Children’s Center)

    Banner Gateway Hospital

    Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

    Chandler Regional Hospital

    Gilbert Hospital

    Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

    Mountain Vista Medical Center

    Maricopa Medical Center

    Maryvale Hospital Medical Center

    Mayo Clinic Hospital

    Paradise Valley Hospital

    Phoenix Baptist Hospital & Medical Center

    Phoenix Children’s Hospital

    Phoenix Memorial Hospital

    St Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center

    St Luke’s Medical Center

    Tempe St Luke’s Hospital

    Scottsdale Healthcare on             

                    Osborn

                    Shea

    Thompson Peak

     

    Mortuaries & Cemeteries in our local delivery area:

    Allen Funeral Home

    Bueler Chandler Mortuary

    Bunker Garden Chapel on Centennial Way

    Bunker Colonial Chapel on University Dr

    Falconer Funeral Home

    Family Burial

    Carr Tenney

    Green Acres on Hayden Rd

    Lakeshore Mortuary

    Mariposa Gardens

    Melcher Chapel of Roses on Stapley Dr

    Melcher Mission Chapel on Main St

    Meldrum Mortuary

    Mesa City Cemetery

    Messinger Mortuary

    Mountain View Memorial Gardens

    Queen of Heaven Mortuary & Cemetery

    Resthaven East Mortuary & Cemetery

    Sonoran Skies Mortuary

    Tempe Mortuary

    Valley of the Sun Mortuary

    Wyman’s Funeral Home

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    Occasionally, substitutions may be necessary to create your bouquet due to the availability of certain flowers in various parts of the country. Care is taken to maintain the style, theme and color scheme of the arrangement, using flowers of equal value. Additionally, the substitution of certain keepsake items may be necessary due to increased demand, especially during major holidays. In single-flower arrangements, such as an all rose bouquet, or orchids, we will make every attempt to match the flower type, but may substitute with another color.

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    Returns need to be within 3 days of purchase and must have a receipt.

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