March 5-8, 2020
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PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2019 Home & Garden Show. The 2020 Show details will be posted soon…

Proven Winners® National Plants of the Year

Proven Winners® National Plants of the Year

As you enter the show, check out the 2019 National Plants of the Year from Proven Winners®, The #1 Plant Brand®, new to Garden Centers Spring 2019!

Saturday is Family Day!

Saturday is Family Day!

With kids in free till noon, a pancake breakfast from 9am-11am and special events through the morning and afternoon, Saturday is the day Families LOVE at the Home & Garden Show!

Schedule of Activities:

9am-11am Pancake Breakfast ($6 Adult/$4 Kids) – Proceeds Benefit the Grand Ideas Garden Skywalk
10am-12pm FREE Kids Admission!
10am Plant a Pansy (while supplies last) Garden E
10am Veggie & Herb Seed Starting with MSU Extension (while supplies last) Garden To Table Stage
10:30am-11:15am Oatmeal Chip Cookie in a Jar with Chef Angus Campbell Cooking Stage
11am-12pm Make a Bouquet with the Michigan Floral Association MFA Flower Shop
11am-12pm LIVE Birds of Prey Presentation with Blandford Nature Center Home Stage
12pm-1pm Gardening with Mr. MecGregor with Ian Warnock Proven Winners Garden Stage
1pm-2pm LIVE Birds of Prey Presentation with Blandford Nature Center Home Stage

PLUS activities all day with Grace Adventures, an appearance by Crash from the West Michigan Whitecaps & performances by the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony

“Colorful Encounters” Theme & Garden Design Competition

“Colorful Encounters” Theme & Garden Design Competition

This year, all eleven spectacular gardens will be designed to the theme “Colorful Encounters”. Each of our wonderful designers will interpret that theme and incorporate it into their design.

The gardens will be competing in three categories – Peer Vote, where one lucky landscape designer will win the Golden Shovel for impressing their fellow designers, Professional Vote, where local designers and professionals will judge the designs based on several criteria, and a Public Vote, which is where YOU come in!

Vote for your favorite design at the show for your chance to win a one year membership to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park!

uBloom Flower Power Charity Challenge!

uBloom Flower Power Charity Challenge!

Friday, March 1 at 6pm on the Home Stage, watch your favorite local celebrities arrange flowers in a bid to win money for their favorite charity! Hosted by 13 ON YOUR SIDE‘s Catherine Behrendt & J Schwanke


The Prize:

Grand Prize $500 for the Winning Charity!

The winner is determined by audience applause! Cheer on your favorite celebrity or charity! Runners-up win $100 each for their charity.


The Players:

Aaron Ofseyer – 13 ON YOUR SIDE, playing for Kids’ Food Basket

Tammy Squire – VP of Development of the Grand Rapids Public Museum, playing for the GRPM

Heather Duffy – WGVU Membership Development, playing for WGVU Public Media

Michelle McKormick97 WLAV Morning Show, playing for Hawkeye & Friends Dog Rescue & Sanctuary

Rick VuystFruit Basket Flowerland, WOOD Radio playing for West Michigan Veteran’s Coalition


The Sponsors:

Flowers & Foliage courtesy of Sun Valley Flower Farms, Eufloria Flowers, Amy’s Orchids, Esprit Miami, and SF Brannan Street Wholesale Florist and FernTrust


CELEBRATE WOMEN’S DAY – FREE TULIPS!

Courtesy of Sun Valley Flower Farms while supplies last. Women’s Day is March 8.

The Garden & Art Market

The Garden & Art Market

A featured shopping section of the West Michigan Home & Garden Show with booths of unique and inspired garden accessories, plants, decor, art and gifts from the finest West Michigan nursery greenhouses, artists and gift boutiques. Stroll through the Grand Gallery Meeting rooms for the perfect piece of art for your home and essential accessories for your garden!

Grand Gallery Garden Path

Grand Gallery Garden Path

As you walk through the Grand Gallery, walk the Grand Gallery Garden Path to draw inspiration from the show’s garden center and landscaper designed pocket gardens!

Feature Center Garden

Feature Center Garden

The Association of Grand Rapids Landscape Professionals once again design and build a beautiful Center Garden.  This collection of Grand Rapids’ finest Landscapers will show you how it’s done!

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Great Lakes Floral Association Events

Great Lakes Floral Association Events

Flower Shop – Stop by the Retail Flower Shop at the back of the Grand Gallery for an opportunity to purchase fresh cut flowers and floral arrangements designed by Michigan Florist. Stop in….Smells are Free! !

Annual Design Contest – The Great Lakes Floral Association’s Design Contest is one of the most prestigious contests in the nation. Design Contest entries will be on display for view in the Secchia Foyer on Saturday and Sunday.

Family Day Project – On Family Day, Saturday, kids can pair up with a Professional Floral Designer to make a flower arrangement to take home for free!

Spontaneous Design Contest – The GLFA will host two pop-up competitions during the show (time/location TBD). All contestants will be given identical flowers and hard goods items to create the designs onsite and unprepared!

The Great Lakes Floral Association is a full-service trade organization representing more than 500 florists, growers, wholesalers and Certified Florists statewide. Located in Haslett, MI, GLFA offers group savings on insurance, financial services, retail bank card processing & supplies, office supplies, and fleet fueling; is the sponsor of the Certified Florist (CF) program; creates and hosts the Great Lakes Floral Expo annually; conducts educational seminars though out the year at the association headquarters; publishes the Professional Florist magazine; hosts the GLFA web site, and interacts with state / federal government agencies.

To find a professional Florist near you visit www.greatlakesfloralassociation.org and click on the Find A Local MI Florist tab in the top menu bar

Smart Gardening Conference

Smart Gardening Conference

This annual event for all gardeners, expert to novice, is sponsored by the Kent County MSU Extension:

Warm up winter during the Smart Gardening Conference in Grand Rapids on Saturday March 3! Held in tandem with the West Michigan Home and Garden Show, our day will be jam packed with excellent presenters! Nationally noted presenter William Cullina, Director of the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens, will captivate you with “Sugar, Sex and Poison-Shocking Plant Secrets Caught on Camera”. Richard Hawke, Plant Evaluation manager and scientist for Chicago Botanic Gardens will explore great perennials for the Midwest that also support pollinators. This year’s speaking lineup also includes a look at the truth about GMO’s and how they could potentially affect the gardener of the future.

We are proud to offer a number of scholarships raised from the generosity of last year’s attendees during out silent auction. Compliments of West Michigan’s commercial garden community the silent auction offered again this year will ensure scholarship dollars are available for years to come.

Everyone looks forward to our Smart Gardening complimentary gift bag, which will feature not only an exquisite plant, but also a waterproof IPM pocket guide for perennials. Your conference registration name badge will provide free access to the West Michigan Home and Garden Show all weekend long!

You can register online or download the brochure that outlines more details about this fun and exciting conference! We hope you can join us!

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