About My Mother's Bloomers
My Mother’s Bloomers started in Halifax in 1992, on the busy Spring Garden Road. After ten years, we moved our store to Spring Garden Place, across the street, where we love being neighbours with some of the finest merchants in the city.
The store is owned by good friends, John MacPherson and Neville MacKay. Although John has a love of flowers (and is very good working with them), he does not work in the store, but provides moral support when needed! Neville works in the store full time along with the Bloomers team.
What is the origin of our name?
Many people ask about the origin of the name, “My Mother’s Bloomers”, and although the first thing to come to mind may be a good giggle, the name has sentimental value to Neville. Neville’s mother is an avid gardener from England, and when he was a child, she would call her sons her “little blooms” and “bloomers” when they helped in the garden: hence the name,” My Mother’s Bloomers”.
We have a great team of floral designers and consultants here. Having a combined experience of over 30 years, our work has been featured on local and national television, as well as in many magazines and newspapers. We have done work for local and international celebrities such as Mary Walsh, the Rankin family, Rod Stewart, and Celine Dion, and have designed florals for the Royal Family, the 2006 Juno Awards, and also for the G-7 Summit held here in Halifax.
Neville does more than just work full time in the flower shop. Besides the charitable and community work he does, his time is filled with other responsibilities.
Neville MacKay - The Speaker
Neville is a speaker and is represented by the Limelight Group. Limelight is an agency that provides and represents speakers and entertainers for events, conferences, conventions, etc., all over the world, and has sent Neville to speak across Canada and into the USA.
Neville MacKay - The Tour Guide
Neville hosts a tour to the UK, visiting not only castles and gardens but we visit the set of Coronation Street. For full details please go to www.coronationtravel.com
Neville MacKay - The Judge
Neville is an accredited floral judge; and he can (and does) judge floral work at many events across Canada and the USA.
Neville MacKay - The Writer
Neville also writes for several international magazines including Canadian Florist Magazine, Canada's national trade publication for florists, giving advice and expertise to all in the floral industry.
Neville MacKay - Board Member
Neville is on the Advisory Board for Canadian Florist magazine, and is also a member of Flowers Canada. He travels across North America doing floral demonstrations for many supply houses.
Neville MacKay - Honourary Member
Neville is an honourary member of the Nova Scotia Orchid Society, giving a talk and demo each year at their annual show and sale.
Neville MacKay - Television Personality
Neville has been a regular on CTV’s “Breakfast Television” for over ten years where he has a great time doing floral design with the hosts. If you are in Atlantic Canada (or can get our local CTV station on satellite) tune on every other Wednesday. (See calendar of events)