Westport News, May 2008
Local talent Magda Bennett who has 20 years of experience in floral design and event planning, has recently hung her own shingle.


Magda, who is formerly of Blossoms, is the mastermind behind the newly created mbfloral, a Norwalk-based business devoted to creating unique centerpieces and eye-catching floral arrangements for all social occasions.


Magda's talent knows no bounds. She has created the setting for church weddings and after-parties as well as charity balls and other fund-raisers, both private and corporate. She was among the designers who created a mood for President Bill Clinton's visit to Westport in 1998.


She has a creative touch and her work is impeccable, according to her clients.


"Magda's work is over the top. It's very eye-catching" raves Debbie Bloom of Norwalk. "I am so glad she opened her own business. She is extremely creative. Her work is unique and it really stands out. She has a sense of design that is absolutely fabulous."


Debbie has hired Magda to do flowers for a family wedding as well as private parties hosted by her husband, Norman Bloom, of Norwalk's Norman Bloom & Son Oyster Company. "She even decorated the pilings at the marina" Debbie adds. "She has worked with us for both happy occasions, like weddings, and sad events, like funerals. No matter what Magda does, the end results are amazing."


Her work speaks volumes, agrees Lottie Holster of Norwalk. "I saw Magda's floral work at a friend's wedding and I was impressed. She really created a full and colorful and romantic mood. She was well-recommended and I hired her for my own events." Lottie said. "Her work is very creative and she excels at creating moods for both casual and formal events."


Magda recently traveled with Lottie who was the mother of the groom, to Miami where Magda created the floral arrangements for wedding-related events taking place at The South Seas Hotel, a premier beachfront venue in South Beach.


"Magda did the floral work for the rehearsal dinner as well as a barbecue and a brunch held at the hotel." Lottie said. "We met many times in advance of the event, and she was a pleasure to work with. I would definitely recommend her to others. She listened to what I wanted and she provided me with input as well. I was pleased with the end results."


Richard and Jack Lawrence of West Redding work with Magda for a number of events throughout the year. "My chemistry with Magda was immediate. I recognized her talent and latched on to her." said Richard. "She does wonderful flower arrangements. She's very knowledgeable and she is not afraid to get her hands dirty."


The Lawrences hire Magda for private parties held in their home. "Our gatherings can range from an intimate dinner to large outdoor events." said Richard. "She's done Christmas, birthdays and general parties for us."


"I am an architectural designer and I have a critical eye." he added. "But with Magda, it's gotten to the point where I don't even discuss what I want with her. I let her have full reign. She's terrific. She does an excellent job for us and she is an absolute pleasure to work with."


mbfloral is dually dedicated to seasonal decorating. From the placement of Christmas tree ornaments to the festive lighting of a summer gazebo party, Magda can set a mood and a tone that brings the holiday spirit right to your doorstep.


Her flower arrangements are on view at Aitoro's Home & Appliance of Norwalk, on occasion.


For information, e-mail magda@mbfloral.com or call (203) 820-8151. A website, mbfloral.com, is currently under construction and will be up and running soon.