Introducing This Year's Show Headliners

Feb 24, 2020

This year the Calgary Home + Garden Show has a roster stacked with talent!

You can catch industry leading experts on the Avanica Home + Garden Stage presented by HGTV Canada and Golden Acre this Thursday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1 at BMO Centre. HGTV Canada’s Bryan Baeumler, celebrity contractor of Island of Bryan, will be presenting Friday February 28 at 6PM and Saturday February 29th at 12PM. Bryan will be revealing his must-know tips and tricks when working on home projects, including how to add the most value to your home.


HGTV Canada Celebrity Contractor Bryan Baeumler

HGTV Canada Celebrity Contractor Bryan Baeumler

Local home and garden gurus are on the stage presenting throughout the entire weekend! We have local legend, Janet Melrose, known as ‘Calgary’s Cottage Gardener’, specializing in Garden Education, Horticultural Therapy and advocacy for a Sustainable Local Food System. Janet brings her passion to the stage with fellow garden expert, Chelsie Anderson. Chelsie is the owner and operator of Chelsie's Garden Soil-utions in Calgary where she brings you tangible knowledge to help you grow your dream garden.


Chelsie from Chelsie's Garden

Chelsie Anderson from Chelsie's Garden Soil-utions

Becky Feasby will have you dreaming about flowers when she shows you her divine arrangements always sourced from local producers! Becky, owner of Prairie Girl Flowers will be presenting and conducting a hands-on workshop where you can learn about the importance of local flowers and the environmental implications of traditional floristry tools, such as floral foam and chemically altered botanicals.


Becky Feasby from Prairie Girl Flowers

Becky Feasby from Prairie Girl Flowers

These presenters and so many more will be gracing the stage, so be sure to check the schedule here to make sure you don’t miss your favourites! Don’t miss out! Buy your tickets online HERE and save $2!

Jot down your favourites so you don’t forget who you want to see on the day of the Show. See you there!


Feb 24, 2020
Brett Tutor is the handsome, charismatic carpenter on TLC’s hit series Trading Spaces. Before the show, he has been a home inspector, home flipper, contractor and even spent time as a rafting and rock-climbing guide for an adventure outfitter. With what seems to be an endless list of talents, we’re thrilled to have Brett here at the Nashville Home + Remodeling Expo!
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We sat down with Brett and he answered some questions to help us get to know him better with some fun facts, along with some home and decor tips. 
Q:  What’s an easy DIY project that homeowners can tackle to improve their space?
Brett: The easiest project that homeowners can tackle themselves is PAINT! Paint it and go nuts! Paint is a fun, quick way to makeover any room in a big way! And the risk is small. I am huge fan of new trowel on textures which can completely change the look and feel of a space. Educate yourself on VOCs if you haven't already and make sure to select a healthy paint!
Q:  What was the last picture you took with your phone?
Brett: The last picture I took on my phone was a screen shot of a quote that I saw and liked. "To have, you must do, to do you must be."
Q: If you had to move to another country, which would you pick and why?
Brett: If I had to move to another country it would definitely be Costa Rica. I spent the entire month of December there. It is heaven for us surfers, but I just love the people. The country’s motto kind of sums it up: "Pura Vida" (The Pure Life)
Q: What’s one thing we wouldn’t guess about you?  
Brett: The one thing that you may not guess about me is that I used to absolutely hate carpentry. I had to do it when I was young. Life is so funny - now I’m doing it professionally and I absolutely love it now! 
Q: What’s a common mistake that homeowners make when they take on a home improvement project themselves? 
Brett: The most common mistake that I see homeowners do when taking on a home renovation is thinking that their renovation is going to go like the renovation that they just saw on TV! It will always, always take more time and more money than you think! 
Q: The three things I can’t live without are: 
1. Friends
2. Family 
3. Good coffee and good wine (to make four!) 
Q:  What’s a must-have at any party you’re throwing?
Brett: A must have a party that I am throwing is GOOD MUSIC! That is all that really matters at a party if you ask me. 
Q: What project have you been most proud to work on?
Brett: The work that I am the most proud of is some relief work I did in Panama. We built a birthing house and a bathroom in a very remote village in the jungles of Panama. The thought that a few babies and mothers have a had a little healthier environment to bring new life into this world has definitely been the most rewarding work I have done to date.
Q: Where do you go online to find inspiration?
Brett: Instagram, I love it. I love seeing images of innovative design ideas and wood working. It gets me inspire daily. 
Q:  What’s one thing you wish every homeowner knew?
Brett: The one thing that I wish every homeowner knew was how to make their home safe and 
healthy. From fire safety, home security to healthy air quality, it scares me that so many people are living in a home that may be harming them.
You can see Brett at the Nashville Home + Remodeling Expo on Friday, March 13-15 live on our Main Stage. If you can’t wait check out Brett’s message to Nashville fans. Brett can be found online on his personal site and you can follow him on Twitter and on Instagram. 

DIY Your Career

Feb 21, 2020

Do-It-Yourself projects are a hot topic these days and that even expands over into careers. It is no secret that employment rates in the trades are dropping, and skilled workers are badly needed. This year at the Home + Garden Show, show goers can learn all about the trade industry with Try a Trade, sponsored by EPS Homes and Hennepin Technical College (HTC).

Try A Trade

The Try a Trade exhibit will feature hands-on demonstrations of the role the trades play in home construction, including plumbing, HVAC systems, framing, carpentry and landscape design.

Hennepin Technical College will be on site to help people interested in learning more about the trades, and how getting the proper education will assist in finding employment. Many employers do require some formal training and HTC even has programs that can be completed in just six months.

HTC students will be at the Trade a Trade booth to talk with potential students about their DIY career path, opportunities and education. The booth was designed and built with influence from HTC students, to demonstrate what they learned in school.

If you’re set in your own career path, consider bringing a potential trade student with you to the show!

2020 Must-See Features

Feb 21, 2020

It’s safe to say we’re all looking for spring and the good news is you can find it at this year’s Minneapolis Home + Garden Show. Come for the flowers and stay for the experts!

We’ll have over 600 experts just waiting to talk with you about your home and garden projects, challenges and questions. You’re sure to find deals galore as well as plenty of helpful resources.

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Walking the aisles is important, but here’s a list of things you should definitely make time to see at the Show:

The Idea Home
EPS Homes has once again created an incredible real home that awaits your walk-through. With the theme of “Forever Home,” you can image the custom cabinets, clever built-ins for more storage, the hottest furniture, accessories, and lighting design – all intended to help you see what living in a forever home could look like.

Feature Gardens
I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t tell you that you MUST visit the Feature Gardens! Do you peace of mind a favor and walk through these seven uniquely designed spaces, all created with the theme of “Gardens Through the Decades”. Some of the individual garden themes within that include a stone age garden with tons of limestone, midcentury modern architecture, waterfalls of the ‘60s, Old Hollywood, the Renaissance and a look to the future. Intrigued? You must see for yourself!

The Playhouse Challenge
This one is really fun - high school students spent the school year building playhouses in their tech-ed classes and will bring them to the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show to be a part of this fun event. The playhouses will be judged by local industry experts and after the show, each playhouse will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity.

Backyard Lounge
What to do when your feet are barking for a rest? Hit up the backyard lounge for a beverage and a comfortable place to sit. This destination retreat will have a ton of deep seating areas, gas fire dining tables and other outdoor furniture options. Make sure to hit up the Foodie Central area in Hall B to get some Food Truck eats before you get your R&R!

Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Come on down to the Convention Center and see for yourself. Get your tickets today! We can't wait to see you and your family at the show, February 26-March 1. 

Unofficial Kick-Off To Spring

Feb 21, 2020

The trees don’t yet have buds on them, but everything will be in bloom inside the Minneapolis Convention Center at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show! And the 2020 show has a new schedule: five days only, February 26-March 1.

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Imagine more than 600 experts in one place, ready to help you with all of your home and garden questions, ideas and inspiration. In addition, there is plenty of great deals and shopping experiences related to home, gardening, remodeling and home decor.

What’s new for 2020, you ask? How about an appearance by featured celebrity guest Mike Rowe, creator and host of Dirty Jobs? Mike will be at the show on Saturday, February 29 at 11:30am, talking about his work in debunking the myths and misperceptions about the skilled trades, and how important the trades are to the home improvement industry. Mike’s appearance is sponsored by Lennox and Liberty Comfort Systems Heating and Cooling.

Also new to the show is Try a Trade, sponsored by EPS Homes and Hennepin Technical College. This booth will provide hands-on experience in plumbing, woodworking, electrical, HVAC and other trades. The Try a Trade booth was designed by Hennepin Technical College students, and you will be able to talk with a variety of experts to learn about the education process and get your plans in motion!

You’re probably familiar with the Idea Home, by EPS Homes. This year the theme is “Forever Home,” which is built inside the Convention Center – complete with custom cabinets and innovative built-ins. The Idea Home will show you how to create a happy and healthy environment.

The seven Feature Gardens are a perennial hit every year, and this year’s theme is “Gardens Through the Decades”. Just imagine the intoxicating scent of all of those trees and flowers as you walk through all the gardens!

The Deck Wars are back! Four local deck companies will demonstrate how to take your deck to the next level! Come see who will win the title of Deck Wars Champion. Sponsored by TimberTech.

The Barking Lot will be a surefire hit - come find products for your furry friends and consider adopting a dog on site via Ruff Start Rescue!

There’s a whole lot more to experience and enjoy at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show. Get your tickets now so you don't miss a thing! And Don’t forget about free rides to and from the show thanks to Metro Transit; visit the website to download a pass for February 29 and March 1


Sneak Peek at Our Feature Gardens

Feb 21, 2020
Spring is nearly here! Are you ready to spice up the yard and plan for summer fun? Find ideas and inspiration at the Feature Gardens of the Salt Lake Tribune Home + Garden Show, March 6th – 8th at the Mountain America Expo Center. Our Feature Gardens display is over 25,000 square feet of horticultural designs and expertise to help you create the outdoor oasis of your dreams.
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Check out the latest trends in outdoor living, while strolling through the beautifully landscaped gardens. If you are looking for gardening advice, landscape design, beautiful patio furniture, or innovative outdoor features; we will have the top local landscapers onsite all weekend to showcase their latest creations. 
Here’s a glimpse of just some of the expert landscapers you can meet at the show:
Since 1995, Belgard’s locally made and nationally backed products have transformed thousands of residential and commercial properties across North America. Every day, the company’s network of trained and certified contractors and dealers helps customers to envision their creative journey and realize their outdoor dreams. 
Olympus Maintenance of Utah 
Established in 1998, Olympus Maintenance of Utah is a licensed landscape contracting company that prides itself in the design, creation, and maintenance of multifunctional, aesthetic landscapes. From complete landscaping design to year-round property maintenance, Olympus gets the job done.
Reinheit Landscaping & Maintenance 
Reinheit Landscaping & Maintenance was created with humble beginnings back in 1993. The company has since grown into residential landscape construction, providing design and consultation services to a wide variety of clients. 
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See the amazing work by these incredible builders and landscapers, and many more, at the 2020 Salt Lake Tribune Home + Garden Show, March 6th – 8th. You can save $2 when you buy your tickets online.


Feb 20, 2020

We're excited to have RenovationFind as a sponsor of the 2020 Edmonton Home and Garden Show. Before you visit this innovative company at the Edmonton Expo Centre from March 19-22, please enjoy our brief interview with the RenovationFind team below. 

Q: How does your service work?

RenovationFind is a free online directory of certified contractors, trades, and home renovation companies. Businesses found on the website are rated based on a third-party screen process. The screening includes legal and credit checks, verifying proof of insurance and a valid business licenses, and it monitors customer feedback. Companies that are a part of the Better Business Bureau will get a higher rating on the directory. The companies on the website are continuously monitored to ensure they’re keeping up to our high standards.   RenovationFind helps homeowners find reliable services for their renovation projects. We also promote good companies that consumers can trust. Both customers and the companies benefit from RenovationFind.

Q: What can we look forward to from you at the Edmonton Home and Garden Show?

At the Edmonton Home and Garden Show, we will have a booth where people can come and learn more about us and what we do. We are encouraging people to post their projects with us, so we can get them quotes from relevant contractors for those projects. For example, if they need help with a bathroom project, we will send the details of their project to three bathroom renovation companies. Those companies will then contact the homeowner for more information and give them an accurate quote for the project.

We’re also excited to be offering a fun contest at our booth! If you sign up for a RenovationFind membership, you’ll be entered to win $1000 and an iPad. Plus, members receive exclusive promotions and discounted pricing from our partner companies.

Q: What advice do you have for homeowners?

Research, Research. Research. You should also do thorough research on any company before you hire them to work in your house. Check their credentials, ask for references, ask to see a business license and proof of insurance. Get all quotes and contracts in detail and in writing before agreeing to any work.

When asking for references, ask for the last three jobs they completed. In doing this, the company won’t be able to choose their three very best references, so you’ll get a more honest picture of the company this way.

Q: What inspires your services?

Working in the home renovation industry through another business, we were constantly hearing horror stories from homeowners working with bad contractors. People were getting taken advantage of, and it was causing a lot of stress and often, leaving a financial burden. Providing homeowners with honest contractors who provide high-quality work and customer service will help stop that from happening. Not only is it better for homeowners, it helps improve the reputation of the renovation industry too.

Q: What is your favourite part of the Edmonton Home and Garden Show?

Meeting homeowners and helping them to connect with renovation companies that can help them with their projects. Connecting the two with each other helps both parties out, and that is really what we want to do.

Q: What design or decor trends did you love in 2019 or anticipate for 2020?

When speaking to homeowners at the different shows like this one, we are seeing that most people are choosing to fix up their current home instead of selling and moving into a new house. People are looking for their forever home, and tailor-making it to fit the needs of their family. Whether it’s a small or large project, it’s been wonderful to watch people make changes to their home for their long-term stay.

Q: Are there any success stories you'd like to share?

Based on customer feedback, homeowners have been quite pleased with the RenovationFind directory of certified companies. Having access to pre-screen renovation companies takes out the stress of a renovation, because people know that the companies they are working with are trustworthy and will get the project done properly. For the companies, we promote their services to their target demographic, and help them get qualified leads through their profile on the RenovationFind website.

Q: What can folks expect when they work with you?

Homeowners that use our site can expect that they will be getting a company or contracting service that does quality work, and that they can trust with their home projects. Becoming a member of RenovationFind gives homeowners exclusive, discounted pricing and promotions from recommended companies in their city. There are numerous categories on our site, including general contractors, window installation, Edmonton landscape companies, painters, basement renovations, home additions, HVAC Companies in Edmonton, bathroom contractors, deck builders in Edmonton and more!

For the companies, promoting them to homeowners in their demographic is a huge priority. Their content and service details are passed on to homeowners through email blasts, blog postings, search engine targeting and social media marketing.

The Edmonton Home and Garden Show is your source for trusted home experts, like RenovationFind. Join us at the Edmonton Expo Centre March 19-22 to get great ideas for your space and see HGTV's Boise Boys, Luke Caldwell + Clint Robertson (appearing on the Main Stage Friday and Saturday). We can't wait to see you at the show!

Spring Cleaning: Home Maintenance Musts

Feb 20, 2020
With winter weather behind us and spring temperatures consistent and warm, it’s important to make sure your home is ready for the change in seasons. As you organize your closet, putting away sweaters and bringing out shorts, consider adding the following items to your spring cleaning list. These five simple chores are often overlooked, but can have a big impact on your home. Check ‘em out below and get your space ready for summer.


1. Gutters and Downspouts – Everyone may be familiar with the adage April showers bring May flowers, but we can see a lot of rain throughout the spring and summer. Make sure your gutters are clear of debris so they can handle precipitation. Remove leaves, sticks, and rubbish to allow water to pass through them. Blocked gutters can cause water to overflow and damage your roof. Additionally, make sure your downspouts extend well away from your home so the water your gutters are collecting doesn’t seep into your foundation.

2. Roof - Now that the snow has melted off your roof, grab a ladder (and a friend!) or a pair of binoculars and see what shape it’s in. Are your shingles in good condition? Pay close attention to the area around your chimney, as winter’s freeze/thaw cycle can be especially hard on your flashings.

3. Foundation – In addition to extending your downspout, inspect the area around your home. Is the ground sloping toward or away from your property? Are your window wells collecting water? Doing everything you can to keep water from pooling around your home will help to keep your basement dry.

Pro Tip – Walk around your home right after a heavy rainfall to see where water is pooling to fully assess your space.

4. Windows and Doors – Make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed to help with heat management and pest control. Simple caulking and crack repair can help ensure you don’t end up cooling the neighborhood this summer and can keep critters and bugs out.


5. Smoke Detectors – You should test and change our smoke detector batteries approximately every six months. The change in seasons is a great reminder to tackle this vital task. You can also practice your evacuation techniques and go over other safety procedures.

Adding these maintenance items to your spring cleaning list will help keep your family and property comfortable this season. Think something is missing from our list? Share your maintenance musts with us on Twitter and Facebook. We’re always on the lookout for new tips!

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Don’t Miss Out With Our Top-5 Things to See at the Show

Feb 19, 2020
When the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show returns to the Prime Osborn Convention Center for its spring edition March 5-March 8, 2020. The show will fill the center with four days of home improvement, DIY events and expert exhibitors. With so much to do at the show, we have put together a list of what are the Top 5, must-see-features to avoid that dreaded case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

1. Education Station. 

At the Education Station you can learn how to refurbish furniture, avoid home buying pitfalls, expert home staging tips, easy home decor crafts and so much more. These free, hands-on workshops are a great way to learn directly from local and regional experts. 

2. Skilled Trade Resource Center. 

One of the biggest issues in the home improvement industry is a lack of skilled trade workers. There are many local organizations that are offering training and other programs (often for free) for those looking to break into this field. At the show, be sure to stop by the Skilled Trades Resource Center for everything you need to know about the latest apprenticeship program offerings, as well as information from show exhibitors that are hiring. Presented by Ace Hardware and the Electrical Training Alliance of Jacksonville, Local 234. 

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3. Celebrate Local Heroes.

The show celebrates local heroes on Friday, March 6 with Hero Day at the show – all active and retired military personnel get complimentary admission with valid ID (offer only with ID, and only on Friday). On Sunday, March 8, the show honors our educators with Teaches Day. Educators receive complimentary admission with valid ID at the box office on Sunday. 

4. Twice the Food Trucks. 

Fuel up before, after or in between shopping the show on Friday and Sunday at the one of food trucks lined up in courtyard. For a full list of participating trucks, check the website at

5. Trade Day. 

Thursday, March 5 is Trade Day at the show. All home-related tradespeople or members of an affiliated association get into the show for free. To receive a complimentary admission, simply show your valid ID (business card, association membership card, employee ID, vocational school and trade school ID).

For more information, please visit


Prepping for a New Pet with our Pet-A-Palooza Feature

Feb 19, 2020

Looking to add a new, four-legged member to your family? Join us for a Pet-A-Palooza at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show! Animal lovers can come together on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from Noon to 4 p.m. for ACPS pet adoptions and all things pets! The City of Jacksonville Animal Services will be onsite for pet adoptions and other local pet vendors will showcase great gear for furry friends. Show attendees are eligible for FREE pet adoptions (a $20 city license required for Duval County residents).

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As we wait for the Pet-A-Palooza and the weather starts to heat up again after the long weeks of winter, it’s good to remember all pets are susceptible to life-threatening illness and injuries due to overheating.  Jacksonville’s ACPS (Animal Care and Protective Services) has some warm weather tips for your pets:

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  • Provide your pets with plenty of fresh, clean water. Pets can become dehydrated quickly and can’t regulate their body temperature easily with their fur coats! Fresh water is a must.
  • Know and be on the lookout for overheating symptoms -- heavy panting, excessive drooling, increased/warm body temperature.
  • Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. The temperature inside the car can sky-rocket quickly while sitting in the sun.
  • Limit the time your pet is on hot asphalt/concrete which can injure or burn its paws. Consider taking your walks on grassy surfaces to save their paws.

 Rainy Days

When it’s raining cats and dogs, follow these tips from the City’s ACPS (Animal Care and Protective Services) team to keep the gray skies away:

  • Pets can get bored quickly if they can't go out for a walk or to play. Plan ahead by finding ways to entertain them and keep playing indoors
  • If they must go outside, keep them clear of large puddles, and thoroughly dry them, clean their paws and check their coat for any debris, upon your return indoors
  • Not all pets love fashion, but those that do have access to:
    • PET BOOTIES - You might want to consider pet water boots, particularly for dogs with furry paws
    • PET RAINCOAT - Raincoats designed for pets can be helpful, especially in downpours. Most are designed to cover the animal’s body, keeping them warm and their fur dry. (Make sure your pet is comfortable before using) 
For more information on the city’s Animal Care and Protective Services department and adoptable pets, please visit them HERE. For more information on the Pet-A-Palooza and the show, please visit our site and join us in the courtyard of the Prime Osbourn Convention Center on March 7 to find your forever puppy!

How to Save Big at the Home Show

Feb 19, 2020
Saving money is an important part of a home renovation budget and it’s never too early in the planning process to start saving. We have put together some big ways to SAVE on home improvement at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show. The show runs March 5-8, 2020 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.


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Here are some great ways to save at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show:
Show Only Specials. Many exhibitors at the show feature deals and discounts on products that can save hundreds of dollars - and that are only available for guests of show. Keep your eyes peeled for deals, ask about show specials and get a quote on the spot at many of our exhibitor’s booths.
The Jacksonville Home + Patio Show is proud to offer special days at the show for select members of our community:

Skilled Trade Day - Thursday, March 5.  Complimentary admission offered to those in a home-related skilled trade or students enrolled in a vocational school. Just present ID in the form of a business card, trade association membership card or school ID at the box office.

Senior Day - Thursday, March 5 is also Senior Day, tickets for seniors aged 60 and up are available for $5 at the box office.

Saluting Our Heroes - Friday, March 6. To thank them for their service, active and retired military and first responders get complimentary admission as the show celebrates Hero Day on Friday, March 6. A valid ID must be presented at the box office.

Celebrating Educators - Sunday, March 8 is Teacher Appreciation Day. In celebration of the hard work and the important roll teachers hold in our community, all educators and school employees can attend the show for free with a valid ID at the box office.

For full ticket information for your visit to the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show see our site. Then, visit the show March 5-8, 2020 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. 

Exhibitor Spotlight: Everything Hemp Store

Feb 19, 2020

The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show returns to The Park Expo and Conference Center for two exciting weekends: February 28-March 1 and March 6-8. Among the hundreds of home, garden and lifestyle vendors guests can expect to shop is Everything Hemp Store. Before you visit with this unique exhibitor, we caught up with representative Kayla Steinberg to talk about what they're bringing to this year's show (and more!). Enjoy our brief interview below.

Everything Hemp

Please describe your products and services.

"Everything Hemp Store™ is an online marketplace for naturally sourced health, beauty and nutritional products. Our product suite consists of a variety of industrial hemp-derived products such as lotions, pain creams, salves, Cannabidiol (CBD) tinctures, nutritional foods, dietary and health supplements. Everything Hemp Store is truly your One Stop Hemp Shop™ focused on delivering top quality products to our consumers with full trace-ability from our farm to results."

What are your best home and garden tips for the season?

"Buy your hemp - don’t grow it yourself."

What are your featured items this season?

"We carry stress and pain relief products. We have everything from a patent-pending CBD compression sleeve, pain cream, tinctures and all the way to body lotions and beauty products. We are offering 20% off of all items because we want to give everyone the chance to experiences the benefits that Hemp has to offer!"


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What are your home and garden pet peeves?

"Having our very legal Hemp compared to illegal marijuana that someone else grows. They are both from the cannabis family but they are not the same thing."

What is the strangest client request you've ever received?

"The funniest thing we have happen in our stores is when our customers go around the store asking if truly everything in our store that we sell is a hemp-based product...and the answer is always YES!"

What is your favorite part about participating in the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show?

"We are new to the home show this year but we are excited to be a part of such a dynamic show."

Is there anything else you think folks should know about your business?

"Our main goal as a retail store that's focus is hemp, is to educate consumers on the benefits of hemp and in the process, bring quality products straight to the hands of our customers."

The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show is your source for outdoor living inspiration, project ideas, and unique vendors - like Everything Hemp Store. We can't wait to see you at The Park Expo and Conference Center. Get your tickets today!

Gorgeous Gardens Bursting with Color

Feb 19, 2020


Pansies ready to plant at the Indiana Flower + Patio Show


What is a better way to celebrate the end of winter than browsing through a bounty of beautiful buds bursting with color? This year’s Flower + Patio Show with its gardens, landscaping and patio features will make you see green with excitement!
“This year’s show will ring in spring with bright, gorgeous gardens,” said the show’s landscape coordinator, Bill Brown of Marketplace Events. “When it comes to the landscapers, there are new faces on the playing field this year, so you’ll see more variety and different styles. Their colorful, creative designs will inspire attendees looking to spruce up their yards.”
“Visitors to the Flower + Patio Show should definitely expect to see the ‘wow’ factor from our Pro Care garden,” said Lowell Rolsky of Pro Care Horticultural Services. “Our hope is that people will take inspiration from the garden to move toward their own garden design goals in a way that is practical, functional, usable and personally rewarding. So, when you visit the show this year, find a part or parts of the Pro Care Horticultural Services garden display that you can see working in your own yard, and make things happen. Just remember that with a little patience, the right vision and amazing implementation come incredible results.”
“Bright festive colors will highlight the McNamara Garden this year,” said Toomie Farris of McNamara Florist. “This year’s garden will feature a number of plant umbrella-shaped displays with a slightly whimsical feeling, incorporating brightly-colored watering cans and garden containers displayed in blocks of colors. You will be able to walk under several large manmade tree canopies and enjoy the varied and colorful assortment of flowering and foliage plants, which is sure to give you a case of spring fever.” 
“Evergreen trees, spring bulbs and flowering shrubs will flow throughout our ‘Vivacious Garden,’” said Jim Calvin of Calvin Landscape. “After entering the patio, visitors will be surrounded by a lush landscape that will help them forget it’s still winter. Walking toward the cedar pergola, they’ll find ideas of potential patio designs on display. Upon reaching the pergola, visitors will walk past a custom outdoor grill station with a custom concrete countertop. This all adds up to a warm, vivacious vision of spring.”
Come to the show, March 14-22, to experience everything from upscale and indulgent to mid-sized gardens and other more budget-friendly options, Flower + Patio Show visitors have a range of landscaping beauty at their fingertips.
Be sure to visit both West Pavilion and Expo Hall for a variety of sprouting succulents and pleasing perennials! Get your tickets today and beat the lines!
Contributing landscapers include: 
o Above and Beyond Companies
o All Pro Landscaping
o BLC Outdoor Services
o BPI Outdoor Living
o Budde Landscaping
o Calvin Landscape
o Copper Canyon Landscape Design
o Country Gardens Lawn & Landscape
o Custom Stone Design
o Divine Outdoor Services
o Elsie’s Flower Shoppe
o Grok Landscapes by Design
o Heath Outdoor
o Indianapolis Landscape Association
o JMT Landscape Group
o Lakeshore Hardscapes
o McNamara Florist
o Precision Outdoors
o Pro Care Horticultural Services

Stand Tall and Bloom

Feb 17, 2020

Spring is around the corner, and soon you’ll be out in the fresh air and sunshine bringing your garden to life. The North Carolina Piedmont is famous for its clay-like soil. Fortunately, that soil is fertile enough for a wide variety of flowers to grow vibrantly. If you’re wondering what to plant during March and April, we’ve identified several options that thrive in our region of the Tar Heel State. These blossoms will add a pleasant pop of color to your backyard or front porch, welcoming in warm-weather visitors.



These classic garden staples bloom in mid-summer with numerous blue, pink, purple, red, white, yellow or black flowers on tall spikes. Many varieties are biennials, which means they complete their lifecycle over two years. Yet there are some varieties that act like short-lived perennials and bloom in the first year when planted early enough in the spring. These flowers serve as a host plant for the caterpillars that grow into painted lady butterflies and also attract bees and hummingbirds. They typically grow six to eight feet tall and require full sun to part shade. It’s a good idea to protect them from damaging winds by planting them against a fence, wall or trellis for support.


White speckles against a dark purple petal make this type of petunia look like pretty stars set against the night sky. A dramatic change of temperature between the day and night provides the celestial appearance for this flower, created by German breeder Selecta One. This means warm days and nights make the flowers predominantly purple, while cooler days and nights bring out the pops of white. They typically grow between 12 and 16 inches tall and bloom during the spring and summer. These annuals have wide, trumpet-shaped flowers and fair best in full sun with rich, moist and well-drained soil. Plant them after the last spring frost and consider placing them in hanging baskets to add charm to your porch.


Lantana plants are evergreens that are classified as shrubs by botanists and grow well in hanging pots due to their vine-like branches. Lantanas operate as perennials in warmer zones and annuals in colder zones, and the citrus-like aroma of their leaves qualifies them as fragrant plants. Their rounded clusters of bright yellow, orange, white, red and purple flowers are revered for their extended bloom time. They do best in sunny areas with slightly acidic soil and attract butterflies and hummingbirds to gardens. Plant them once the last of the spring frost has subsided and expect them to grow between six to eight feet high. Lantana plants like full or partial sun and thorough watering schedules. To encourage re-blooming, cut back the faded or dead flowers from these plants periodically.



With names like “early sunrise” and “golden showers,” the bright yellow versions of coreopsis are cheerful and serene. Coreopsis is a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant and long-blooming plant originating in the prairies and woodlands of North America. Birds like goldfinches love to snack on their seeds in the fall and winter, and bees and butterflies are drawn to them as well. Their petals may be bright yellow but also orange, pink and red. Plant them in the early spring for a summer bloom. They usually grow between 10 and 18 inches tall and take well to full sun or part shade conditions within well-draining, sandy soil.

Learn more about enhancing your green thumb at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show from Feb. 28 to March 1 and March 6 to 8 at The Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte.

Re-thinking Your Basement to Gain Living Space

Feb 17, 2020



Space is often at a premium in our homes and our experts at the Cincinnati Home + Garden Show are ready to help you find some lost space in your home. A prime example of this hidden living space is your basement! Often full of junk and holiday decorations just think about the extra living space just hiding down there.

Your basement can be used for all sorts of extra living space: a man cave with wet bar and home theater, a workout room and home gym, mother-in-law suite or even a games room for the kids. Utilizing your basement fully as additional living space can add up to 25% more living space to your home. 
Before you begin planning, here are a few tips from Home Improvement Expert, Gary Sullivan:
• Clear the basement space of all non-essential items so you can dream and design how you want to best use the space for you and your family and friends.
• Make sure the area is dry and does not leak. Approach any necessary renovations first.
• Once the project is done and if you have a sump pump in the area make sure it has a backup sump pump for protection. 
When you visit the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show, be sure to get started on the right foot by meeting with experts who specialize in water-proofing basements for an assessment before you begin design planning and get more living space out of your home.

Top Features You Can't Miss at this Year's BC Home + Garden Show!

Feb 15, 2020

Spring has come early this year! The BC Home + Garden Show is set to open this Wednesday and run from February 19 - February 23 and it’s a one stop shop for everything you will need to spruce up your home and garden this spring. Head to BC Place Stadium to check out over 400 exhibitors that are showcasing their innovative and inspirational products and services all weekend long. With Canada’s biggest names and experts in home improvement, you don’t want to miss out on this year’s Show!

We don’t want you to miss a thing so we’ve put together all the must-see features you’ll want to stop at! In order to get through the doors as quickly as possible (and to save $2) make sure to buy your tickets online before you arrive at the Show!

Top must-see features:

1. HGTV Canada Main Stage, presented by Homebuilders Association Vancouver

This star studded stage will have you glued to your seat all weekend! All the celebrities and experts are going to be sharing their knowledge to assist you on your home renovation or refresher. Bryan Baeumler of HGTV Canada, presented by RBC, will be giving us two captivating presentations on all things home improvement. Bryan isn’t the only HGTV Canada cast on our stage: Local duo, Mickey Fabbiano and Sebastian Sevallo of Worst to First will also be spilling their behind-the-scenes secrets of renovating on television.

HGTV Canada Celebrity Contractor Bryan Baeumler on stage

Interior design guru’s Jamie Banfield of Jamie Banfield Design, Sarah Gallop of Sarah Gallop Design, Sydney Carlaw of Purity Designs and many others will have you rethinking how you can give your space a facelift. We’ll also have two expert panels on our stage! RBC will be teaching us all about financing and where to put your money into a renovation and HAVAN will be chatting with us about a number of diverse projects you can do throughout your home and garden. These presenters and so many more will be at your fingertips! To see the full line-up of experts hitting the stage, view the schedule here.

2. Lilydale Cooking Stage presented by Trail Appliances

Now we’re cooking! Head to The Lilydale Cooking Stage for seminars and live demos from the city’s most respected chefs including Bruno Feldeisen of CBC’s The Great Canadian Baking Show, Karen Barnaby, the product development chef that will have you switching up your evening meals; and Ian McHale, head chef at top Vancouver restaurant Wildebeest. Culinary secrets will be revealed! Don’t miss these superstar chefs showing off their talents on an array of brand new Dacor appliances all weekend long. To make sure you catch your favourite local chef, check out the stage schedule here.

3. Garden Market by Art’s Nursery

Don’t forget to pop into Garden Market by Art’s Nursery where you can learn and purchase seeds, pots, and plants to bring a little life to your space. Not only will you be able to step up your gardening game with advice from the pros, you’ll get to shop from premium products at the Show’s exclusive garden market! Say hello to spring with Art’s Nursery!

4. HONOMOBAR + Home Away from Home, presented by HONOMOBO and furnished by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Vancouver

HONOMOBO has made this year’s Show our favourite yet. The industry leader in modular housing has brought their M1 model to the Show and their custom designed bar for your viewing and relaxing pleasure. As you have a bite and savour a drink, just a look away you will find the HGTV Canada Main Stage and The Lilydale Cooking Stage. Whether you need a break from all the amazing features or you wish to take in all the sites from the bar; the HONOMOBAR is ready for you.

HONOMOBO modular home backyard with lounge chairs

5. GROW!

This year, one of our Show stopping, green-filled features is GROW! The interactive, informative, and immersive experience will get you hands-on and really learning all things plant-related! You will learn the what/how/when and where to plant! Learn from the experts at West Coast Seeds, Master Gardeners of Vancouver and Victory Gardens, and purchase the very seeds you are learning about, to start your very own garden.

6. Vancouver Etsy Collective

There is a first time for everything! The inaugural Vancouver Etsy Collective market at the BC Home + Garden Show is here and we want all Etsy-lovers to know! At this feature you will discover local artisans that have created a wide array of unique gifts and collectibles. Looking for jewelry, sustainable textiles, gifts, candles, or paintings? Vancouver’s top emerging artists have brought their original pieces for you to spice up your home.

7. Toyota Test Drives

Toyota Canada is returning as the official automotive sponsor of the BC Home + Garden Show. Toyota will have a selection of vehicles to test drive at the Show. You don’t even need to leave for the sales lot, just take a spin right at the Show. The all new 2020 Highlander will be the ride to drive this year! Pre-book your no pressure test drive and receive a $15 gas card at the Show.

Toyota white SUV

8. Vancouver Sun Gardeners’ School

Time to get schooled! This feature will have you learning the ropes with everything from soil to plant types. There will be daily seminars by Lower Mainland's top gardening gurus that will have your garden looking the best on the block. Whether it is a large backyard garden or a tabletop patio garden, we will have you digging in this spring! Have a look at our line-up of garden experts hitting the stage throughout the Show, here.

9. Dave’s Renovation presented by BC Hydro and styled by Jamie Banfield Design

Energy efficiency: a hot topic and a must-do when working on your home! When renovating, it is a necessity to consider how to make your project and home energy conscious. This feature you can walk-through Dave’s Renovation and learn how you can save on costs through smart design and renovations. Knowledgeable experts will let you know of rebates that are available to help you with your renovation costs.

Laundry room with washing and drying machines

10. Garden Dreams, Landscape Reality

Escape the chilly weather and you just might be able to pretend it’s spring at our feature gardens. You will be transported when you enter the 5,000 square foot garden spaces designed by mega-powerhouse landscapers: Holly Landscaping, Rakes and Ladders, Bailey Landscaping and No Limit Landscaping. No matter how big or small your personal garden is, you will be sure to find inspiration from these magnificent and stunning gardens.

Patio with gazebo and lounge chairs

Share On Social

With so much to see and do, don’t forget to share your favourite moments from the Show with #BCHGS20 so we can see your photos and videos! Follow along for all the BC Home + Garden Show fun on Twitter and Instagram.

On The Day

Make your way to BC Place Stadium, located at 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver, BC. If you’re driving to the Show, there is parking available at various surrounding lots. Check out the BC Place parking list for more details, including price points and suggested lots.

Exhibitor Spotlight: GreyFox Outdoor

Feb 14, 2020

We sat down with Sam & Betty Glick of GreyFox Outdoor ahead of the 2021 Downtown Raleigh Home Show to get some info about their high-quality patio & outdoor products. GreyFox Outdoor is a licensed and insured outdoor improvement business in Southern Pines NC serving the Sandhills and beyond!


Grey Fox Outdoor Logo with the 'o' in Fox replaced with a stylized fox head.


Describe your products and services

We specialize in both vinyl & wood pergolas, pavilions, gazebos, vinyl playsets, poly patio furniture, umbrellas, and fire pits! Most of our product is manufactured by the Amish in Lancaster County PA. We have hundreds of different Sunbrella fabrics to choose from and dozens of poly color choices for our patio furniture. All of our items are customizable so you can make sure there is nothing "cookie-cutter" about what you have in your backyard, make it unique to your space!


What are your best home or garden tips for this season?

Create a focal point in your outdoor space with a gazebo or define a space with a pergola! Whatever route go you with your outdoor space, get outdoors and enjoy it to the fullest!



16'x20' Hampton Pavilion with white-vinyl, 8x8-square-posts and asphalt shingles



What are your featured items this season?

Our most popular furniture collection is the Bayshore Collection but we see the new Marina Collection doing very well as it has new and refined modern lines with a retro twist! Our pavilions are also featured as a great item to add to your space to add protection from the rain and sun! Take advantage of our free delivery & installation (some restrictions apply).


What are your home or garden pet peeves?

Seeing an outdoor project outfitted with low-quality structures or furniture, a good quality product will cost more upfront but will last much longer and usually carry a longer warranty so you can be sure you won't need to do it all over again in a few years!


What is the strangest client request you've ever received?

We haven't had that many "strange" requests mainly because we are able to customize our product almost any way that our clients can dream of making strange requests, feasible requests!


What is your favorite part about the home show?

Meeting all the wonderful people that come through the show!


Be sure to check out the Glicks and GreyFox Outdoor at Booth #719, at the 2021 Downtown Raleigh Home Show.

5 Things You Need to Know About HONOMOBO Modular Container Homes

Feb 14, 2020

The world is changing and we are forever adapting our ways of life. There is no difference when it comes to building a home! HONOMOBO creates streamline, classic, and beautiful container homes for those looking for a stunning change. You are in luck! You can see and explore the HONOMOBO M1 model at the BC Home + Garden Show from February 19- February 23 at BC Place Stadium.

Modular Container Home in the woods


This Show feature was built in only 8 weeks one province away in Edmonton, AB using repurposed shipping containers. It is constructed of fully repurposed materials to lessen the environmental impact that goes into building a dream home. That is not the only thing this amazing company is doing to help our planet; every home built runs on 100% electricity which will in turn save you money. HONOMOBO specializes in seamless indoor/outdoor living so you can optimize the space you have and get the most out of your home. Immerse yourself in this beautiful single family home on the Show floor, fully furnished by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Vancouver to see if modular home living is right for you. Now, here are 5 things you need to know about HONOMOBO modular homes, from co-founder Daniel Engelman:

  1. Honomobo modular container homes are built in the factory in 10-12 weeks. When the home leaves the factory it is 99% complete. The on site time to complete the project is only 1-2 weeks.
  2. Shipping containers are made from corten steel which is chemically formed, with the ability to rust and protect itself from the elements even if all the paint is gone. So, if Honomobo homes are stripped of their paint, it will retain its structural integrity in the long term.
  3. From a financial perspective Honomobo homes are approved in the same way as a home built right on site. Once Honomobo modular homes are installed on their foundation it is a permanent home in the same way as any other home.
  4. Honomobo homes are certified under CSA A277 which is classified as a permanent modular home. From a building and energy code perspective a modular home is built to the same codes and specifications as a site built home.
  5. Honomobo container homes are available to operate carbon neutral right now. All Honomobo homes run 100% on electricity and their power usage can be fully offset by solar PV panels to make them energy neutral or even energy positive.
Modular container home in the desert.


You need to check out the HONOMOBO M1 model which will be on display at the Show! Grab your tickets here to save $2! You don’t want to miss these amazing features and all the industry experts presenting on the HGTV Canada Main Stage.

See you at this year’s BC Home + Garden Show!

Do-It-Yourself With Bryan Baeumler

Feb 14, 2020

Canada’s #1 do-it-yourself expert, Bryan Baeumler is coming to Utah for the Salt Lake Tribune Home & Garden Show. You may know him from his hit TV shows Island of Bryan, House of Bryan, Disaster DIY, and Leave it to Bryan. However, this guy is the real deal; learning tricks of the trade from his father since he was a child.


With his vast knowledge and impressive on-the-job experience, Bryan has developed an extensive know-how in balancing the structural aesthetic with intelligent utility. He enjoys teaching viewers the necessary skills to tackle their own projects.

Bryan Baeumler

Why do you think the idea of a do-it-yourself project is so appealing to people?

Bryan: I think there are a few reasons and they vary from person to person. There are people who generally have an interest in it and enjoy doing work around the house, people who want to save money, and people who want to tackle a project and have that sense of accomplishment from taking care of their own home.


Do you think everyone has the ability to try a do-it-yourself project?

Bryan: I think everyone can, but I don’t think everyone wants to. If you really wanted to learn to do it you could invest the time, research and practice. The best way to learn is to get a bit of theory, read the instructions, get your hands dirty and make some mistakes. Go through and learn how not to do it.


What is your advice for a first time do-it-yourselfer?

Bryan: Start small and affordable. It’s kind of like going to a casino; assume you’re going to have to pay someone to fix the problem for you. If you’re willing to write off the materials you purchased, that is a good place to start.


What is a good project to start with?

Bryan: Painting is a classic first project to get your feet wet. If you have patience, and take your time, pretty much anyone can handle painting a wall. You’ll also learn a good professional painter is worth their weight in gold.


Where do folks normally get in over their heads?

Bryan: One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they are optimistic about how much things will cost, how long they will take, and how much skill they will require. We under budget, we don’t allow ourselves enough time, we assume we are better at things we than we are. If it’s unfinished or finished poorly your value will suffer.


For more from Bryan, visit him online here and on Facebook.

Get DIY tips from Bryan, live on the Garden Design Stage:

  • Friday, March 6th at 5:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, March 7th at noon & 2:00 P.M.


Home Show Do's and Don'ts

Feb 14, 2020

Whether you’re enjoying a presentation at our DIY Station with Leanne Lee, the Diva of DIY, or vetting contractors for a massive home renovation, there’s plenty to do and see at the Johnson County Home + Garden Show! We want you to have an incredible time, so we’ve compiled a list of a few helpful things to know. Please consider the following before you join us at the Overland Park Convention Center February 21-23, 2020.

Homeshow Attendee
Parking is free, but there are limited spaces available. Coming early is your best bet to get an ideal spot.
Buying tickets online automatically saves you money, rather than purchasing them at the door.
Not smartphone savvy? Bring a notepad to jot down notes while talking to vendors. It’s an easy way to keep track of estimated costs and options.
There are food and beverages available for purchase at the concession stand.
Luck favors the prepared! Have your top projects in mind so you don’t forget to visit everyone on your checklist.
We hope you have a wonderful time at the Johnson County Home + Garden Show. We can’t wait for you and your family to experience this year’s event. Pick up your tickets today and get ready to make your dream home a reality.