For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrew Alt, Publicist (616) 238-8665
Carolyn Alt, Senior Manager
Mike Wilbraham, Show Producer
(616) 447-2860 | www.GRHomeShow.com
It’s the West Michigan Home and Garden Show
Talking with the people who put on the West Michigan Home and Garden Show, it quickly becomes clear that the show’s name refers to much more than just where it takes place, in downtown Grand Rapids – it’s about the locale, but it’s also about The Local. In almost every way, the show truly is about West Michigan.
“The Show started out 40 years ago as a small event put on by a local radio station, and has grown to be the biggest show of its kind in the state,” says Senior Show Manager Carolyn Alt. “We have more than 350 exhibitors, most of them local businesses and individuals. We’re a member of Local First, and we’re strong supporters of the local business community.”
Solid relationships with respected area professional organizations and businesses are central to the show’s local focus. The Home Builder’s Association of Greater Grand Rapids is well-represented by dozens of its members, who provide local professionalism to the show’s “Home” aspect.
“Our patrons have come to really appreciate the fact that so many of our exhibitors are rooted in West Michigan,” Alt says. “These are local businesspeople and companies who care about and support our community. This isn’t just where they do business — it’s where they live.”
On the “Garden” side, the Association of Grand Rapids Landscape Professionals (AGRLP) brings the show floor to life – literally. “AGRLP creates the Feature Garden at the center of the show every year,” Alt says. “They select a member to design the garden, then they combine their resources and labor to bring the design to life. It’s always fantastic and it’s unquestionably many people’s favorite part of the show. It’s a great way for the organization to promote itself and its members.”
In addition to the Feature Garden, patrons will find another baker’s dozen of gorgeous indoor gardens created by individual AGRLP members.
A glance at the schedule of free seminars reveals a bevy of local organizations, including non-profit Home Repair Services, Frederik Meijer Gardens, MSU Extension, Blandford Nature Center, and more.
The show’s Garden and Art Market features the finest West Michigan nurseries, greenhouses, garden centers, artists and gift boutiques. Patrons love browsing all the great new gardening gear, decorations, unique and inspired garden accessories, plants, decor, and works by local artists.
So when you tell people where you’re headed the first weekend in March, be sure to tell them it’s the West Michigan Home and Garden Show.
|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|