Flowers power flourishes at night with Neville

Dave Mathieson
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Published on November 04, 2013

MacKay offers the women a seat before presenting them with a flower...

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...and then covers their legs with a blanket.

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It was a full house as about 120 people attended the event.

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Mackay puts finishing touches on an arrangement while the women from Buds to Blossoms arrange flowers on the mantelpiece. 

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Tracy Pitman has 20-plus years experience as a floral designer and MacKay, impressed with her skills, encourages her to apply to the Canadian Academy of Floral Arts.

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MacKay sings an improvised song during the auction for Christmas for Kids.

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MacKay continues to auction while Pitman places the winning bid onto one of the arrangements.

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The group gathers to present a cheque to Christmas for Kids.

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Jean Miller receives a $747 cheque for Christmas for Kids. The cheque is presented by MacKay and Donna White.

AMHERST – Most people like flowers because they are pretty and smell nice but to Neville MacKay flowers are so much more.

“Flowers are good for the soul,” said MacKay, floral designer at My Mothers Bloomers in Halifax. “It doesn’t matter if you’re matched, hatched or dispatched. From the womb to tomb, flowers are good for a person.”

MacKay was in Amherst Sunday night giving floral design demonstrations during A Holiday Evening with Neville and Friends hosted by Buds to Blossoms Floral Boutique, which is located in Amherst.

He says flowers celebrate life.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a big old bear, a tiny little lady, a kid, or an old grump. Flowers are always there for every reason,” said MacKay. “Flowers bring out the best in everyone and they personify everything we look for in life – happiness, love, sex, desire, thankfulness. It’s all right there, all these positive things we see in a flower.”

Neville took to the stage at the Wandlyn Inn, Scotia Room with Buds to Blossoms Kay Kitson, Tracy Pitman and Donna White.

“Neville is a very creative. He’s been in the floral business for years and he can take something that looks dull and make it glamorous,” said White, own/operator and floral designer at Buds to Blossoms.

Close to 120 people attended Sunday’s demonstration.

“I find he draws the crowd in. He’s so gracious and generous with everybody. He doesn’t leave anybody out,” said Kay Kitson, customer service representative at Buds to Blossoms. “He even went up to the bar and was serving drinks. You don’t get to many people who do that.”

Besides owning/operating My Mothers Bloomers, MacKay does flower shows across North America, and is traveling to Houston, Texas this week to do floral designs for a wedding.

“I do get to do this sort of thing on a retail level, on a wholesale level and on a consumer level across North America,” said MacKay.

He was very impressed with Sunday night’s crowd.

“When I do this in New York or Chicago it’s a different kind of crowd, but here we laugh with each other and enjoy each others company, and if something doesn’t work on the stage, what the hell, we’ll think of something else,” said MacKay. “It makes the evening go so wonderfully. It’s easy and fun and I’m so grateful to do this sort of thing.”

MacKay also played the role of auctioneer during a flower arrangement auction near the end of the show.

The auction raised $747 for Christmas for Kids, which was presented to Christmas for Kids’ Jean Miller at end of the show.

“I give a big thank you to Neville for coming and doing this,” said White. “This was all donated by him. He’s a great guy and I really appreciate everything he’s done for us.”






Organizations: Wandlyn Inn

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