March 16-19, 2023

Seminar Stage Headliners

Melinda Myers, Gardening Expert & Author

Melinda Myers, Gardening Expert & Author

Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook, 2nd Edition,  Michigan Month-by-Month Gardening, Michigan Getting Started Garden Guide, and Small Space Gardening. She hosts the nationally-syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” TV & radio program and The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms and writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper column. Prior to her current media work, Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio show for over 20 years as well as seven seasons of “Great Lakes Gardener” on PBS. Myers has a master’s degree in horticulture and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. Myers was recently inducted into the national Association for Garden Communicators Hall of Fame. Her website, www.melindamyers.com, features hundreds of gardening videos, audio tips, monthly garden checklist and more!

Kate Wert, Moxie Life Organizing

Kate Wert, Moxie Life Organizing

Kate Wert, LMSW is the co-owner of Moxie Life Organizing, LLC, a full service organizing and coaching company. Kate and her team members emphasize utilizing a person-centered approach with mindful integration of client’s unique professional and personal needs, life history, and style. Her organizers specialize in household decluttering and organizing, downsizing, relocation services, estate management, staging, spatial planning, closet design and more.

Kate considers herself a master organizer with an eye for design and a social worker at heart. The most rewarding part of Kate’s work is when Grand Rapids natives reach out to her at a point of overwhelm and together, they prove that no matter the project at hand – “it’s manageable.” Kate knows it’s an honor to be in other’s homes and relishes in the rich history and stories that unveil through her work. She gets excited when her clients cast a vision and she can walk beside them to make it a reality.

Leslie Hart-Davidson, HDD Studios

Leslie Hart-Davidson, HDD Studios

Leslie Hart-Davidson is a nationally recognized professional interior designer, author, and owner of HDD Studios in Michigan. Leslie holds a B.A. in interior design and has nearly two decades of industry experience, but credits her family for the desire to enter the world of design. The Hart family practiced real estate flipping while she was a child, so her calling for home improvement came early.

Leslie lives and breathes interior design not only in her successful design business, but also through her extensive writing career. She has written two home improvement books full of snark and great content: Remodeling Your House without Killing Your Spouse in 2014 and It’s Not Your Room, it’s You in 2016.   Leslie’s most recent book is a combination kitchen design/memoir/cookbook titled Food is Love that will be showcased during the 2022 season’s seminars.

The design philosophy Leslie adopted when she started her business more than 20 years ago is straightforward: design is a democracy, not a dictatorship. This guiding principle helps audience members and clients better understand design language and the psychology behind how they live in their homes. Her innovative seminars include “Thing or Not a Thing: The Best and Worst of Today’s Design Trends,” and “Leveling Up from Live, Laugh, Love.  When she’s not on stage or on camera, you can find Leslie posting witty lifestyle content to her Facebook page and whipping up delightful meals in her charming 140-year-old Michigan farmhouse.

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Lauren Figueroa, Lauren Figueroa Designs

Lauren Figueroa, Lauren Figueroa Designs

Lauren Figueroa Interior Design (LFID) is quickly gaining recognition as the latest up and coming design firm in Michigan, furnishing and remodeling the homes, lake houses, and high rise condos of professionals in West and Southeast Michigan, including Grand Rapids, Lansing, the greater Detroit area, and even up to Traverse City.

LFID’s clients range from lawyers, accountants, and medical professionals, to university professors, business owners, and book editors, and they understand the value of time and a straightforward, transparent process. As the most reviewed interior design firm on google in Michigan, her goal is to save you the headache, time, and decision fatigue that comes with managing a design project from top to bottom.

A recent client sums it up, saying, “Lauren’s design skills are fantastic, as you can see when you view the gorgeous photos of her projects. What you can’t see, and what is just as important, is that she’s a dream to work with. Lauren is energetic, positive, and always willing to go the extra mile when it means making a client happy. Can’t recommend her highly enough.” To start the conversation on a project, tell her about your design goals here!

Chef Angus Campbell, Culinary Consultant

Chef Angus Campbell, Culinary Consultant

A City and Guilds Master Craftsmen, with 43 years of experience, Chef Angus Campbell was born and raised on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. Beginning his professional career, Chef Campbell worked at the Bahamas Hotel Training College where he became the Department Chair for their Culinary Arts Department before moving to Grand Rapids where he taught food production at the Hospitality Education Department at their acclaimed public restaurant ‘The Heritage.’ He has won medals at many levels of food competitions and is an accomplished junior culinary team coach. He recently produced a twelve part series on Italian and Scottish cuisine on location for WZZM TV13 and his production of a monthly cable TV show recently won a national bronze medal at the Paragon Awards. His years in the culinary field has taught him the importance of simple being best and allowing the food to speak for itself. Now, as he steps away from teaching, he continues to consult for local, national and international companies.

The 2022 Recipes: Turning Your Pantry into Dinner! Spice mixes, new milks, and curries all hidden in your pantry.

Plant Michigan Green

Plant Michigan Green

Join Plant Michigan Green at the Garden Stage for a series of seminars on how to create great Michigan landscapes!

Smart Gardening

Smart Gardening

Join the MSU Extension for their Smart Gardening Seminar Series on the Garden Stage!