About the Company
Hart Floral had its beginning in 1943 at the home of Al Hart on Hackberry Ave.
Al operated a taxi & ambulance service in addition to his flower shop. In the early 40’s Howard Downing lived down the street from Al’s home, he started working there as an ambulance attendant and in the flower shop. Hart then bought out Art Coudrey’s Flower Shop, located in the back of the old Hires Root Beer Fountain at 12th & I street across from the Post Office. In the mid 40’s, after two years of navy duty, then Al Hart moved Hart Floral to the old Stanislaus Title Building in back of Bank of America at 10th & I St. Howard returned to Hart Floral & met Wilma; they were married a year later. They moved to Pacific Grove, where Howard & Wilma opened a flower shop called Flowers by Howard. After a few years they returned to Modesto to work for the Harts, who by that time had moved to the Seeley Building at 926 12th St. Al Hart passed away in 1950, and the Downing's bought the store in 1954. In 1956 the flower shop was destroyed by a fire five days before Christmas. Thanks to their friend and fellow florist, Louie Hammer, they were able to operate out of the back of his store for a few days until they found temporary quarters. They eventually moved back to a much smaller building in the Seeley tower.
In 1971 they had the opportunity to move to 1139 Mchenry ave., where there was an empty fast food building called Booby’s (yes, that was its real name). The building had to be gutted and remodeled .They decided to keep the drive-in window and changed the name to Hart Floral Drive-in Florist. In 2000 Hart Floral took advantage of an opportunity to move across the street to the North West corner of Mchenry & Roseburg. This move doubled the size of the shop’s show room, design area, & parking. The shop was, however, missing a drive up window.
The Family still operates the flower shop to this date.
In 2003 Hart Floral receives plaque from the Chairman of FTD & Merlin Olsen former National Football League player & actor. For 50 years of consistent & meritorious service.
1201 McHenry Ave.
Our commitment to you is 100% satisfaction on all your floral and gift purchases. If you are not completely satisfied, let us know by calling (209)524-1401.
We specialize in the following services:
- Large inventory of fresh flowers
- European/dish gardens
- Contemporary and traditional arrangements
- High-style floral arrangements
- Silk arrangements
- Dried floral arrangements
- Funeral designs
- Extensive gift line
- Gourmet and fruit baskets
- Gift baskets
- Greeting cards
A local delivery fee of $9.95 will be added to each order, for each address.
(For deliveries outside our local delivery area, this fee may vary.)
U.S. orders must be received before 3:00 p.m. in the recipient's time zone to assure same-day delivery. Orders received after that time will be delivered the following day.
We will do our best to accommodate deliveries at specific times of day, but we cannot guarantee it.
We are unable to make deliveries on Sundays. Deliveries requested on this day will be delivered the following business day.
We will be happy to accept your international orders if you call our shop directly. We are unable to accept international orders over the Internet.
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.