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Spring garden show set in Sussex County

The 19th annual Springfest Garden Show opens Thursday, March 12 for a four-day look at the latest in garden and landscaping design ideas at the Sussex County Fairgrounds.

Each year, exhibitors create detailed garden designs, landscaping scenes and pathways to inspire visitors with a variety of outdoor options, according to a press release.

“Springfest was created to help showcase the horticultural community,” said David Wright, Springfest president. “Many of these landscape companies have been exhibiting for 18 years.”

More than 75 shops and horticultural services will be on hand to meet with local residents and answer questions including David Wright Landscape Architect, Hautau Landscaping, Three Seasons, Garden State Koi and Aquatic Center, Farmside Landscape Design, Erik Enterprises Landscaping, Lakeview Landscapes and Anthony Group Installers.

Lectures will be offered, a “Plant Your Own Zone” will be open for children and refreshments available in the Café.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Thursday through Sunday, March 12-15, at the conservatory of fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd., Augusta.

Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors 65 and older, and free for children 12 and younger.

For more information visit: or call 973-948-9448.

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Home Show returns to Hobart this weekend

MIAMI COUNTY — This weekend’s 2015 Miami County Home and Garden Show has more than 80 vendors who can outfit your home from the basement to your backyard.

Beginning Friday, the Western Ohio Home Builders Association will host its annual Miami County Home Show at Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy.

Donna Cook, executive director of the HBA, said the show had more than 2,000 people its first year with the venue change and hopes to double the number of attendees this weekend.

“We are at capacity for vendors this year,” Cook said. “We have a huge variety this year — anything and everything you can think of for your home will be here.”

Cook said with the economy improving, people who may have delayed home projects can come out and see what is new in home improvements from new kitchen designs, landscaping ideas, window treatments and blinds and other home options.

Food vendors will be on hand giving out samples such as Fire Pie Oven Company and Winan’s Chocolate and Coffee.

Also, Cook said vendors have provided gift baskets, laptops, landscaping and even a garage door installation to its list of daily door prizes.

Miami County’s Habitat for Humanity will also collect donations to purchase carbon monoxide detectors in honor of the Bishop family.

The annual home show returns for its second year at Hobart Arena after it moved from the Miami Valley Centre Mall.

Cook said the HBA enjoyed the home show at the mall for two decades, but had a hard time deciphering shoppers from home show attendees.

“We had a good relationship at the mall, but it was really nice to move to an arena setting,” Cook said. “We know the people who come are here to see a home show so it really helps the exhibitors and the HBA gauge how many people are coming to the show.”

The Miami County Home and Garden Show will be held from 2-7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Parking is free at Hobart Arena.

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Melanie Yingst can be reached at or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews

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6 sessions that will hit home at the Kalamazoo Home Expo & Garden Show


KALAMAZOO, MI – Show and tell is a big part of the annual Kalamazoo Home Expo Garden Show.

Showing involved the products and wares of more than 150 businesses and organizations that will be on hand at the show.

Telling is the array of information they provide, including informational seminars that are a big part of the four-day event.

The 2015 Home Expo, which is set to start at noon today (Wednesday, March 12) and continue through Sunday at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake St. It is a showcase of the skills, products and services of Southwest Michigan home builders, construction tradespeople and others.

“There are a total of 12 seminars and I think there’s something that would be of interest to anybody who owns a home,” said Marie Frank, marketing manager for the Expo.

Here are six sessions that should hit home:

Simple Electrical Lighting Upgrades -Mike and Sarah Garcez, owners of Signature Wiring LLC, of Kalamazoo, will talk about safety upgrades that people can make in the older homes as well as upgrades they can make in homes that are new or that were just purchased. They will also offer ideas on newer technology, such as functional motion sensors, LED lighting and more decorate features that may be added. Mike Garcez has been an electrician for 15 years and is a master electrician. Sarah Garcez is a certified Michigan Electrical Contractor and is the electrical contractor for the business. The couple is scheduled to speak at 5 p.m. Friday.

Bricks, Blocks, Boulders and Begonias – What is there to know and what’s the latest on landscaping and the tools involved in making your outdoor space a showcase? Dave DeVisser, president and owner of DeVisser Landscape Services, of Oshtemo Township may have some ideas as he talks about patios, retaining walls, flowers, colors and other things during his presentation, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday. DeVisser landscape, is a third-generation, family-owned business that provides all phases of landscape design, construction, outdoor lighting and maintenance.

What would it take to put a waterfall in your back yard? – Ask James Whittaker, a landscape designer with RA Water Features Landscaping, of Otsego. After a consultation, he’d be able to show you a three-dimensional rendering. RA Water Features Landscaping provides services from concept drawings to the installation of landscaping, irrigation, plantings, nursery work, and their continued maintenance. Whittaker is expected to explain the things homeowners should consider when they have a landscape designer visit. “It’s how to get prepared for that process,” he said. He will also explain how a 3-D design can help. His presentation, titled “Why a 3-D Landscape Design May be Right For You” is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

How to make your home smarter – Steve Dykehouse, a system consultant with Automation Design Entertainment Inc., of Portage, will present “Smart Home: Beyond Just Security.” He said security is the foundation of the company’s automation systems – protecting against such things as burglary and fire. But he said “Beyond Just Security” will have him talking about “the fun and sexy things that you can do beyond that.” He said those include energy-management systems, lighting controls, audio-visual devices, and technology that allows you to remotely manage your dog, unlock the door for a repairman, and monitor him while he’s in the house (by using your cell phone). He will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Indoor and outdoor pet containment – Rachael Woiderski, who co-owns Hastings-based Dog Watch by K9 Keeper Fencing LLC with her husband Derrick, will talk about new technology to help homeowners keep their pets where they want them, without cumbersome barriers. That includes keeping animals off the sofa, away from the trash, out of the dining room, and off of your kitchen counters. Her seminar is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday. The Woiderskis are Michigan natives who are dog-lovers. They own two dogs and a cat.

What will be popular in bathrooms in 2015? – Daniel Tyler, owner of All-Star Remodeling Design, of Kalamazoo, will talk about some of the trends that are expected to be popular for bathroom remodeling this year. He is also expected to offer reasons a homeowner might consider remodeling a bathroom and some options, as well as some of the different items and features that are now available. His presentation, titled, “Shower Solutions that Work For You,” is set for 3 p.m. Sunday.

A listing of seminars at the Kalamazoo Home Expo and more information about the event, as well as information on on tickets, is available at

The MLive Media Group is a co-sponsor of the event along with Lake Michigan Credit Union, WKZO-AM 590 radio, WVFM 106.5 radio, Willis Law, Integrated Smart Technologies, and Consumers Credit Union.


Expo tickets may be purchased at the door for $10 per person. Children age 12 or younger are free. Military veterans (with a military ID) were to be admitted free of charge on today (March 12) and also on Thursday, seniors (people 65 and older) were to get a $2 discount off their general admission at the door.

Business writer Al Jones may be contacted at Follow me on Twitter at ajones5_al.

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Springtime hits home – The Register

Three acres of exhibits await visitors to the 36th Annual Lane County Home Garden Show today through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Eugene.

Sponsored by American Family Insurance, the show is a rite of spring in its own right, with full-size landscape displays, dozens of how-to clinics by gardening and home improvement experts, and more than 500 exhibitor booths for products, services, foods and crafts.

“This year, with our unseasonably warm weather, homeowners have the opportunity to get going and growing much earlier than ever on projects for the inside of their home and the garden, too,” says Karen Ramus, the show’s owner and promoter.

Admission is free with a donation of canned foods to FOOD for Lane County, which, Ramus says, has received the equivalent of 312,000 meals from home-show guests over the past 25 years.

As part of the National Home Garden Show Series, which is comprised of 38 independently owned home shows across North America, the annual Eugene event fills the entire Convention Center and Expo Halls (i.e., “the barns”) at the fairgrounds. Ramus estimates the show infuses more than $7 million directly into the Lane County economy.

This year’s theme is “Get Your Garden Party On!”

Display gardens

A premier feature will be the Landscaper’s Showcase in the Expo Halls. Over four days earlier this week, local landscape companies created models for how to transform outdoor spaces: “Edge of the Forest Garden” by Duckworth’s Landscaping; “Never Far from Nature,” The Country Gardener; “River Runs Through It,” Burch’s Landscaping Service; “Urban Table Garden,” Sustainable Solutions Landscape Garden Irrigation; and “Imagine Your Garden Parties,” Johnson Brother’s Greenhouses.

Each evening, house lights will dim to showcase nightlighting in the Landscaper’s Showcase.

A sixth landscape company, Graham Landscape Design, will present its “Classic Garden with a Tasty Twist” inside the convention center.

In the Expo Halls, nurseries will have plants, planters, garden decorations and edibles for sale at the Garden Marketplace.

Egge Seed Nursery has doubled its space of unique spring flowers planted in containers like rusted toy trucks and old farm implements.

Garden talks

Nationally recognized garden speaker Melinda Myers, an editor of Birds Blooms magazine, will headline the show’s lineup of speakers. Her first Eugene engagement will include talks on small-space, perennial, easy-care and container gardens.

In other garden seminars, John Fischer of Eugene, aka “The Relaxed Gardener,” will speak on food gardens, organic easy fruit, and easy drip-irrigation systems. Mary-Kate Mackey, a Eugene resident and writer for Sunset magazine, will speak on plants for colorful fall gardens and small trees that will not outgrow an urban garden.

Home improvement talks

The home show’s “Remodel it Now” series returns with 21 seminars on remodeling and building new homes.

New seminars this year will include trends in tile, countertops and baths. Other presentations relate to kitchens, decks, tiny houses, expanding living spaces and safeguards when working with contracts and contractors. Several seminars award free goodie bags and prizes, such as gift certificates to attendees who arrive early or have the winning answers.

Wide range of exhibits

Fifty-one new exhibitors will be among hundreds of vendors at the show. Just a few examples:

Stone Works International will present “Eco Crush,” a new countertop created in Bend from recycled bottles. The latest in riding lawnmowers will include two new zero-turn-radius models: Brim Tractor’s Outlaw XP Bad Boy, and Mid Valley Tractor’s Kubota Z122R. Mid Valley also will show a Walker S14 mower that bags wet grass and leaves.

Many exhibitors will introduce apps for home appliances. Emerald Hearth, Spa Patio’s new Green Mountain pellet grill includes a phone app for setting temperature and cooking times. The Appliance TV Center’s Miele Range has a Master Chef Menu with more than 100 programs.

Home security and automation continues to advance, as Security Monster will reveal with its high-definition cameras and cellular backing.

Think ahead

“With more than 550 booths, it’s easy for show visitors to get dazzled and sidetracked,” Ramus says. “Bring your measurements, snap a photo of the living space in your home needing help, and bring a list of your questions and concerns.”

With so many exhibits and experts in one place, she adds, the show is an ideal place to interview home and garden contractors. “Check out their portfolios, and ask for references,” Ramus says.


Guests to the home show may register for giveaways in the Expo Halls. “KEZI-9 Prizes” totaling more than $5,000 include a Mini Barn from Quality Woodcraft; OW Lee Patio Dining Set from Emerald Pool Patio; Corsicana Queen Memory Foam Mattress Set from The Mattress Company; and high-tech Green Mountain Pellet Grill, “Daniel Boone Model,” from Emerald Hearth, Spa Patio.

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Greeley’s 33rd Home and Garden Show promises inspiration for guests

Fountains, gardens, trees and flowers, all under one … roof?

The Greeley Tribune is bringing the outdoors inside for the 33rd annual Home and Garden Show on Friday through Sunday at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.

Emily Tilton, Tribune event producer, said more than 200 exhibitors will participate in the event. About 18,000 people are expected to attend through the weekend.

She said home and garden activities are an important part of Greeley and Weld County.

“Not only is it where you live, but it’s what you’re doing with your life that really makes it a home and a garden,” Tilton said. “It’s not just brick and mortar and it’s not just the dirt and a flower. It’s about a lifestyle.”

Tilton said this year has a different feel than previous home and garden shows.

There will be a focus on new technology and advancements that have helped home improvement go green.

Kids can plant a flower or have their faces painted while parents find solutions to making the most of their home space.

“We really do have something for everybody,” Tilton said. “From the actual home owners to their elderly (family) or little, tiny family members. We’ve also got some great options for the furry family members too.”

Local artists will show off their art while offering something unique to those in attendance.

“Local artists are coming in and not only displaying their talents but also you can commission them to have your home painted by an award-winning artist,” Tilton said. One artist who will be at the show is Colette Pitcher, owner of Showcase Art on 8th Avenue in Greeley.

Exhibitors all have something different to bring to the table. Many will be giving away promotional items as well as prizes, or they will have products for sale at their booth.

“The more you engage with the companies, the more you discover,” Tilton said.

She said the most exciting part of the show is bringing so many ideas to the community.

“The number one thing is that it is the best resource for having first-hand engagement with experts in all the different fields,” Tilton said. “They are certainly bringing in a high level of expertise.”

Plus there will be experts from whom guests can seek advice on their own projects.

“You can’t just Google that,” Tilton said.

And the food will be an excellent reason to come out, she said. There will be Greek food, handcrafted ice cream, crepes, brisket and much more.

“When you come out, we’re definitely going to take care of you,” Tilton said. “We’ve got the parking shuttle, face painting and great food options so you can come out and enjoy the day.”

While admission is free, Tilton said they would be asking for a voluntary donation upon entry. The donations will be split among the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and the Weld Food Bank.

It really all comes down to helping people improve their personal living space.

“I think it’s really exciting to be such a source of expertise and inspiration for the community,” Tilton said, “and to help homeowners find what they’re looking for.”

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Gardens galore at SF Flower Show

The San Francisco Flower Garden Show opens March 18 for five days filled with ideas and inspiration to bring spring to the home landscape.

More than five acres at the San Mateo County Event Center will be abloom with full display gardens you can walk though, more than 100 seminars with top garden and floral experts, activities for kids and hundreds of plants and garden gear for sale.

Alan Nunn, a 15-time Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner, is in charge of transforming the main Expo Hall with a visual feast of California-grown fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables.

“Grass man” John Greenlee has designed the “Grand Allée” leading through the heart of the show, using California Palms, citrus and more and in the Main Hall show-goers can gape at the 15-foot tall “Mother Nature” creation laced with willow, grape and kiwi vines.

All workshops and seminars are included with the price of admission and range from backyard beekeeping to succulents and drought resistant landscaping.

A new addition this year is the an Urban Homestead display created by Mountain Feed Farm Supply and a Pollinator Pavilion put together by the Oakland-based Pollinator Posse and Insect Sciences Museum of California.

Also, for the first time, more than 4,000 exquisite and rare plants used to create the showcase gardens that are a headline attraction at the show, will be available for purchase at near wholesale costs. Interested shoppers can view the plants for sale online or tour the gardens and decide which plants interest them and register to purchase them through the show’s website,

The 25th annual show runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and free to kids 15 and under. For more information visit,, and Official hashtag: #SFGardenShow.

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Eye Of The Day Garden Design Center’s Art In The Garden & Water …

Eye of the Day|synthetic turf| Verdure, Paysage, drought eco friendly garden

The synthetic turf display by Verdure at Eye of the Day.

Sometimes the cutting edge isn’t what you think it’s going to be. Bronze is from another age but still renders amazing forms and who would have thought that artificial grass would show up at Eye of the Day.

Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) March 10, 2015

Eye of the Day Garden Design Center is hosting an Art in the Garden and Water Conservation Weekend. As homeowners, landscapers, and designers alike prepare gardens for the season, Eye of the Day will be holding a three-day event Thursday-Saturday, March 19-21, illustrating the ways to add new life to your home or garden.

Known for their inventory of beautiful and classic European and American pottery, Eye of the Day also carries an extensive collection of statuary. This includes pieces by internationally recognized sculptor Bobbie Carlyle who casts her pieces in bronze and executes strong and bold designs with “subjects [that] range from figurative to liturgical, wildlife to western, in sizes from maquette to monumental.” Carlyle’s work is displayed in both private and public collections; her most recognizable work is ‘Self Made Man’—a figure carving himself out of stone. She recently installed a piece in Los Angeles called ‘Seaswept’ at one of the entrances of the new Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park, the former site of the Ambassador Hotel. Carlyle will be sculpting a new piece over the course of the three-day event at Eye of the Day.

As the drought continues in California, sustainable alternatives to water-thirsty lawns become more important. Founded by Thierry Fraye, landscape services company Paysage Inc. has recently introduced Verdure, a beautiful line of artificial grass products. Durable and requiring low maintenance, this lush and realistic grass substitute is a new option for homeowners and designers wanting to keep the look of a lawn but conserve water. Fraye and his team will be at the event to answer questions about the permanent display of synthetic turf that was recently installed at Eye of the Day.

The Art in the Garden Water Conservation Weekend will feature additional speakers on eco-friendly practices for the garden and raffles for gift certificates and outdoor patio furniture. This will be a perfect opportunity to learn about the artists and professionals that work with Eye of the Day and possibly bring something new to your landscape.

About Eye of the Day Garden Design Center

Eye of the Day Garden Design Center is a retail showroom that features more than an acre of high quality garden landscape products, including Italian terracotta pottery and fountains, Greek terracotta pottery, French Anduze pottery, and garden product manufacturers from America’s premier concrete garden pottery and decoration manufacturers. Eye of the Day is a leading importer and distributor of fine European garden pottery, and caters to private consumers, as well as landscape, design, and architecture firms from around the world.

For more information, please visit Eye of the Day Garden Design Center at or call 805-566-6500.



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Instant help for garden design

People come to garden shows looking for inspiration, ideas and sometimes solutions to a nagging problem.

Last year, the local chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) recruited members to staff a design-consultation booth dubbed “Ask a Designer: 30 Minutes for $30” at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. The booth was to “give show-goers an opportunity to get a sample of what it’s like to work with a designer,” said Cynthia Tanyan of Mozaic Landscapes, Sunol, show coordinator.

It was so successful they’re repeating the experience at this year’s show from March 18 to 22.

Debby Ruskin, APLD, of Ruskin Gardens Co., Palo Alto, brought “lots of handouts, mostly with plant lists and ideas — things you might want to include in your garden.”

“Some people came very well prepared,” she said, and others were content to bounce ideas off a designer to see if her ideas might work.

One person even brought in a plan of her yard drawn to scale.

“She was pretty clear about what she wanted. I put a trace over her base and did a little design” on the spot, Ruskin said.

Others were interested in getting cost estimates.

“I have an idea of square-foot costs; a gravel path might cost $3 to $6 per square foot, depending on edging, gravel. Same for brick, flagstone, Connecticut blue stone,” said Ruskin, who started her landscape business in the 1980s.

“It was very fun. Some people were very green, just beginning to think about gardening, and some more experienced,” she added.

Patricia Larenas, of Urban Artichoke Garden Designs, Mountain View, encountered people with troublesome spots in their yards, such as a sloping lot with drainage issues; others were concerned about gardening in the drought.

“I was a little bit shocked when one woman said there won’t be a drought in a while, we’ll be back to normal. She didn’t get that we live in a Mediterranean climate.

“Look at this year: With our very early spring, we haven’t had normally cold weather, hardly any frost. The concern there is fruit trees that need ‘chill’ hours. The home fruit trees are very confused, they’re starting to blossom early. If we get a rain, it will knock off blossoms, and we’ll get no fruit,” she said.

Larenas, who started her business in 2013 after working as a garden blogger, hopes to educate people not only about the drought, but about lawn-replacement rebates in Santa Clara County.

Ruskin too is hoping to inform the gardening public about the drought, with information on watering, irrigation systems and “all the plants that do well with less water,” she said.

For Ruskin, consulting in the booth was often similar to interviewing new clients. She began with a basic questionnaire to get people thinking about how they use their outdoor spaces: How often do they entertain? And for how big a group? What materials do they like? Would they like an arbor, and if yes, which way should it face?

“In most cases, everybody walked out with something tangible that they could move to the next step with. Some were clearly going to call us again,” she said.

And for those who don’t make an appointment at the design booth, there will be a stack of books to peruse while waiting for an open slot.

“For beginners it provides a starting place,” Ruskin said. “It also opened people’s eyes to the world of professionals. A lot can’t imagine that people actually pay to design a garden.”

In addition to the “Ask a Designer” booth, the flower and garden show will present full-sized designer showcase gardens, hundreds of floral designs, tens of thousands of plants and garden-related products for sale, and free seminars, exhibits and demonstrations throughout the five-day show. Associate Editor

What: San Francisco Flower and Garden Show

When: March 18-22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday

Where: San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo

Cost: All show pass, $40; Opening Night Gala, $75; daily pass, $22; workshops, $50 each

Info: San Francisco Flower and Garden Show

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