West Michigan Home and Garden Show
March 5-8, 2020
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40th Annual West Michigan Home and Garden Show Highlights

40th Annual West Michigan Home and Garden Show Highlights

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Andrew Alt, Publicist (616) 238-8665
e-mail:  andrewa@showspan.com
Carolyn Alt, Senior Manager
Mike Wilbraham, Show Producer
(616) 447-2860 | www.GRHomeShow.com


40th Annual West Michigan Home and Garden Show Highlights



Location:              DeVos Place    Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dates & Times   Admission
Thursday, February 28 3 pm – 9:00 pm Adult: $10.00 online/$12.00 at the door
Friday,  March 1 Noon – 9:30 pm Multi-Day Ticket:  $18.00 online only
Saturday,  March 2 10 am – 9:00 pm Children (6-14): $4.00
Sunday, March 3 11 am – 6 pm 5 & Under: Free

Surprising and inspiring you for 40 years, the West Michigan Home & Garden Show is the best way to usher in Spring!  We’ll connect you with all the local businesses you need for your home improvement and renovation projects, not to mention landscaping, gardening, deck, patio and outdoor living plans!  The show is a tradition of the season and for the season.  Shake off the cold and leave winter behind, because we have created an oasis that will delight your senses and inspire you to realize all of your dreams for your home this year.

Breathtaking Gardens
Waterfalls, rock gardens, decks and patios … Petals and plants, blossoms and blooms … Perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees — our Home & Garden Show is overgrown with gardens!  If you love to walk through a beautiful garden, enjoy strolling the annuals section at your local greenhouse, or even just like sitting on a beautiful patio with a cold beverage, then this is the show for you.  Whether you’re a Certified Master Gardener or you don’t know a trowel from a tiller, everything blooming and growing inside DeVos Place can be enjoyed by everyone!  You don’t need a green thumb to appreciate all the show has to offer, and you’re sure to come away with loads of ideas for your own garden and landscaping projects.

Colorful Encounters” in the Gardens
This year’s Feature Garden theme is “Colorful Encounters”!  Our amazing landscapers will blow you away when they take color to new heights in their passion for creating world class gardens.  You will be amazed as never before.  Be sure to visit all of the gardens and vote for your favorite to crown the 2019 Garden of the Year!

The Association of Grand Rapids Landscape Professionals
At the heart of the show you will always find the AGRLP Garden.  This year’s designer, Mary Baumbach of Pro Mow Landscaping, incorporated the theme “Colorful Encounters” by creating a variety of colorful, unexpected gathering spaces in a contemporary setting. AGRLP Members come together to create this giant garden and will be on hand in the garden all weekend to answer your questions — a terrific resource for all of your landscaping needs! 

2019 Proven Winners National Plants of the Year
Eager gardeners get their first chance to see 2019’s Plants of the Year from Proven Winners, The #1 Plant Brand, right here at the show!  Check out Perennial of the Year SUMMERIFIC® ‘Berry Awesome’ Hibiscus with its dinner-plate size flowers, or 2019 Annual of the Year LEMON CORALSedum that will delight you with a fast-growing blanket of texture!  Plus more flowers and shrubs that are truly the best in the business — you can’t help but get excited to bring some of these winners into your own gardens this year.  And don’t miss the seminars on the Proven Winners Garden Stage each day highlighting their newest plants! 

The House Plant Guru
Lisa Eldred Steinkopf is crazy about houseplants!  Indulge your desire to cultivate gorgeous indoor gardens and join The Houseplant Guru at the Home Stage, where she will present three terrific seminars: Cultivating Your Green Thumb: Indoors; Succulents 101; and The Facts of Light.   Lisa is a freelance writer currently featured in Michigan Gardener Magazine, Michigan Gardening Magazine, and HGTVGardens.com, and has appeared in Real Simple Magazine.  Her new book, Grow In The Dark will be available in May.

William Cullina
Our Garden Stage headliner, Bill is the Director of North America’s newest and most exciting public gardens, The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine. Previously he was the Director of Horticultural Research for the New England Wild Flower Society in Massachusetts. A well known author and recognized authority on North American native plants, his books include, Wildflowers; Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines; Understanding Orchids; Native Ferns, Mosses, and Grasses; and most recently, Understanding Perennials, published in 2009.

Ellen Ecker Ogden
Headlining our Garden to Table Stage, Ellen’s seminars are based on classic garden design techniques that anyone can follow.  She will introduce you to easy maintenance and new varieties of food and flowers to grow that offer you the best flavor and old-fashioned charm.  Ellen is the author of six books on cooking and gardening including The Complete Kitchen Garden. Her kitchen garden designs and articles have been featured in national magazines, including Garden Design, Martha Stewart Living, Country Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens, Horticulture, Organic Living, Eating Well, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. She has been a guest on PBS’ Victory Garden and on HGTV as the “Baroness of Basil.”

The Home Stage
This is your “Home Base” at the show, with everything from interior design and beautifying tips to DIY advice!  Local experts and national celebrities will be on hand, so pull up a chair at the Home Stage and discover 2019’s hot design trends, how to create a perfect flower arrangement, how to fix that leaky faucet, or how to keep your succulents happy!

Proven Winners Garden Stage
When more than 2 dozen free seminars pack the garden stage, there is something for everyone!  Presented by the area’s leading authorities from Proven Winners, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, MSU Extension Horticulture Educators, Plant Michigan Green, and our headliner William Cullina.   With so many things to learn about this would be a great time to consider an All Show Multiday Ticket – just $18 gets you in the show everyday and you won’t have to miss any of your favorite topics.

 The Garden to Table Stage
Here, we celebrate a “growing” interest in the community:  No longer are we happy just growing pretty gardens … now we want our gardens to produce food that we can put on the table!  From starting seeds to harvesting perfect tomatoes, from growing fruit to herbs to vegetables, from attracting pollinators to going organic — this is the stage for Locavores! The Garden to Table Stage features Ellen Ecker Ogden, plus the Smart Vegetable Gardening Series, staffed with MSU educators, and much more!

Standard Kitchens Cooking Stage – Crostini, Bruschetta, and Modern Fancy Toasts
Maybe man does not live by bread alone — but it sure adds joy to life!  Join Home and Garden Show favorite Chef Angus Campbell as he teaches you to elevate this humble staple to new culinary heights.  Chef Campbell will demonstrate how to make delicious toppings and spreads from fresh, healthy ingredients and perfectly combine them with breads from a variety of grains and seeds.   Bon appetit!

DTE Grilling Deck
Stir things up with local chef Tommy FitzGerald on the Grilling Deck. Chef Tommy promises to help make fantastic food simple, and this year he’s preparing delicious Stuffed Campari Tomatoes! come learn about the versatility of the grill, as well as the convenience of natural gas.  We promise it will be grilling weather before you know it!

Local Inspiration is Made in Michigan
We’re proud that almost all of our nearly 400 exhibitors are local businesspeople and companies who care about and support our community.  They provide outstanding service to their customers, and many of them even manufacture products right here in Michigan.  Come meet them — and feel good knowing you are doing business with your neighbors in your community.  The Show is a proud member of Local First.

 The 3rd Annual Plant Sale Sunday 4pm – 6pm
As the weekend comes to a close, you’ll want something to tide you over until next year’s show — so take some of those beautiful plants home with you!  Enjoy free admission starting at 4pm on Sunday, and visit our landscapers to purchase the beautiful plants that make up their gardens!  These gorgeous plants will brighten your home with as you count the days to Spring! 

Smart Gardening—Simple but Smart!
Learn how to care for your lawn and garden in environmentally-friendly ways that can also save you time and money. The folks from MSU Extension are collecting and sharing smart ideas focused on earth-friendly, research-based lawn care and gardening techniques with their “Smart Gardening” information Pick up your tip sheets, watch videos, and find them on the Garden Stage and the Garden to Table Stage to help you gain “Smart” ideas for your garden.  

Garden and Art Market
This year’s market is overflowing and bursting out the front doors!   Come shop the colorful booths — you’ll find dozens of wonderful small businesses, including local artists and crafters, plants and garden accessories from the finest local nurseries, and artisan foods.  It’s shopping at its best, and a fun way to take a little of the Home & Garden Show home with you!

uBloom Flower Power- Local Celebrity Design Challenge!
Don’t miss this hilarious live competition, Friday at 6pm on the Home Stage, hosted by J Schwanke.  Be here to cheer for your favorite Local Celebrities as they race to complete a floral arrangement, live on stage!  The winner gets bragging rights, and their local charity of choice receives $500!

Saturday is Family Day / Kids are free from 10am-Noon
Schedule of Activities:

9am-11am Pancake Breakfast ($6 Adult/$4 Kids) – Proceeds Benefit the Grand Ideas Garden Skywalk
10am-12pm FREE Kids Admission!


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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. MacGregor Proven Winners Garden Stage
1pm-2pm LIVE Birds of Prey Presentation with Blandford Nature Center Home Stage

 Pancake Breakfast
On Saturday, from 9am – 11am, get fueled up for a busy day with all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, and orange drink.  $6 for adults, $4 for kids 14 and under.  Proceeds benefit the Kent/MSU Extension Grand Ideas Garden, a community-driven display garden located on the southwest corner of Ball Avenue and Bradford Street NE.  The Grand Ideas Garden is a place for everyone to enjoy and get wonderful ideas year-round for their own landscapes (Please note that main exhibit halls open at 10am).

The GRFD Fire Safety House
Designed to teach children critical safety techniques, the Smoke House is a must-visit display for adults, too.  The Grand Rapids Fire Department travels around the area with the Smoke House to teach children about fire hazards and prevention, as well as survival stratagies.  Stop by this important part of the show with your children and grandchildren.

Michigan Floral Association
Michigan’s official trade organization for florists returns to dazzle your eyes, and your nose, with spectacular arrangements by the industry’s most talented designers.  Located at the west end of the Grand Gallery, giant floral designs are blooming on display all weekend and Friday enjoy an ‘iron-chef’ style competition that will put several talented designers in a 1 hour on-the-fly design contest!