Home & Garden Show previews spring
While there might not be any signs of spring outside, spring has started at the West Michigan Home & Garden Show downtown.
Hundreds of products and services, dozens of free seminars and demonstrations, contests, attractions and plenty of indoor gardens will be on display from today through Sunday at DeVos Place.
More than 300 of the exhibitors who will be showing off their wares and services at the Home & Garden Show are local businesspeople and companies, according to Grand Rapids-based ShowSpan, the event's producer.
Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages six-14 and kids five and under get in free.
There are several Home Stage highlights this year, including an appearance by HGTV host Dan Faires, who is headlining the stage with his seminar on “Upcycled Design.”
Faires was a contestant on HGTV’s “Design Star,” where his charisma and charm earned him the honor of being named Fan Favorite. He now hosts his own web series on HGTV.com called “DanMade.”
Another HGTV favorite, Cari Cucksey, a Michigan native who hosts the HGTV show “Cash & Cari,” will host a re-purposing seminar on the Home Stage. Attendees can meet her in person and be inspired to turn their old pieces of furniture into “new treasures.”
Florist Leslie-Hart Davidson will be back on the Home Stage, sharing interior design ideas during “Fun With Flowers and J.”
The Home Stage will also feature the “uBloom Local Celebrity Flower Challenge,” and the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability will also be on hand, sharing energy-efficient tips for the home.
Rick Darke is a landscape design consultant, author, lecturer and photographer who will headline the Garden Stage.
Darke blends art, ecology and cultural geography in the creation and conservation of livable landscapes.
He has received the Scientific Award from the American Horticultural Society.
The Garden Stage will also feature several other presenters: Meijer Gardens staff members; Flowerland’s Rick Vuyst; columnist Rebecca Finneran; representatives from Plant Michigan Green; and "Smart Gardening" with MSU Extension Master Gardeners.
Products and services
The Garden and Art Market will feature garden accessories, plants, decor, art and gifts from artists, nurseries and garden shops from the region.
The Standard Flower Show will present entries in the horticulture and design competitions.
There will also be a dozen indoor gardens to stroll through, highlighting the work of area landscapers and giving attendees garden ideas, and this year’s central garden features elements of Disney’s “Cinderella.”
There are also plenty of family activities at the event: a pancake breakfast; Blandford Nature Center’s “Birds of Prey Show”; several hands-on gardening activities; and more.