Dicks Center a blank canvass for retired floristJune 28th, 2012 by Chris Henry
Gordon Andrews is a florist by trade, but we’re not just talking your daisies-in-a-teacup florist — no disrespect to florists of that genre. Andrews, with a specialty in estate management, does things in a big way. When he was living in San Francisco, his clients were countesses and other multi-millionaires, including the Ghirardelli family of chocolate fame. Such was the size of their digs that some had whole rooms devoted to floral arranging.
When Andrews moved to Bremerton in 2005, he brought with him a large stash of silk flowers. He became involved with the Bremerton Arts Commission, through which he attended an event at the Norm Dicks Government Center. There, he saw a black canvass.
Andrews got permission to create floral arrangements for the desk, where concierge Patty Stewart presides. The work is all gratis.
“I just wanted to share some of the things that I can do,” Andrews said.
The dramatic bouquets rotate about monthly. Andrews has been at it since December, and people have noticed.
“I can’t tell you how many people walk right up, shake my hand and say thank you,” he said. “I think little things like that make a difference.”
People have donated silk flowers toward the cause. “It’s a community effort,” Andrews said.
For more information or to donate silk flowers, contact Patty Stewart, concierge, on the main floor of the Dicks center.