March 4-7, 2021

Features & Attractions

PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2020 Home & Garden Show. The 2021 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 2020 National Plants of the Year from Proven Winners®, The #1 Plant Brand®, new to Garden Centers Spring 2020!

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
11am-12pm Gardening with Kids & Activity with Nana Temple, MSUE 4-H Proven Winners Garden Stage
12pm-1pm Smarty Plants with Ian Warnock, Meijer Gardens Lead Horticulturist Proven Winners Garden Stage
1pm-2pm LIVE Birds of Prey Presentation with Blandford Nature Center Home Stage

PLUS activities all day with Grace Adventures & performances by the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony

“Great Escapes” Theme & Garden Design Competition

“Great Escapes” Theme & Garden Design Competition

This year, all thirteen spectacular gardens will be designed to the theme “Great Escapes”. 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!

Bakhuyzen Landscape Management – Garden F – “Pick Your Escape”

Is your escape in a camper or cottage on your land, relaxing with a drink by lake and fire? Or maybe your escape is hanging out right in your own back yard? Whatever it is, and it can even be both, you can have us work with you to creat your own great escape!

DeHamer / AGRLP – Garden E – “Vacation At Home”

What better way to escape the busyness of life than to have a family getaway in your own backyard? Combine sports, entertainment, relaxation, and amazing food to create the “Great Escape” with your family and friends.

Everett’s Landscape Management, Inc. – Garden A – “Reflection Pond”

We create “respites”, places, courtyards, gardens and features where a person can “escape” the business of life. The “Great Escape” would be to leave the phone in the house, enjoy some contemplative time in nature. You may reflect on the day, your challenges, your dreams! Birds and Butterflies carry away our burdens and help us to rise up to a healthy state of mind!

Harder & Warner Nursery & Garden Center – Garden G – “West Coast Retreat”

Take a trip to the other west shore and relax in our contemporary California courtyard, pairing natural and man-made materials for the ultimate escape.

Heyboer Landscape Maintenance Inc – Garden K – “Repurposed Retreat”

Escape to your backyard hideaway where elegance is found in reusing in sustainable materials. The spacious entertaining area is highlighted with different types of repurposing to create your own great escape.

Katerberg VerHage – Garden L – “Quiet Oasis”

We created a calming garden using the sound of water and incorporating a quiet place to sit. The hedge helps enclose the space. The lights mimic twilight. These elements all combine to create a Great Escape.

Kent Career & Technical Center – Grand Gallery 80 – “Fairytale Hideaway”

Everybody needs an escape, not only from adulthood, but from everyday life. What better way to do it than by finding yourself in every child’s fairytale world? A place where fairies tend to their garden and bridges lead you into your childhood dream world. This fairyland will make you forget the outside world, and who doesn’t want to get away sometimes?

Kloosterman Landscaping – Garden N – “Backyard Getaway”

For our garden we incorporated a water feature, fire pit, and pizza oven. With plantings all around, this private patio is perfect for entertaining friends or just relaxing with the family. Any backyard can become a great escape just steps away from home.

Koetje Landscape – Garden M – “Summer Nights at the Cottage”

The main idea behind this garden design is to incorporate specialty ornamental plants with splashes of color and the sound of water to create a space which promotes peace and tranquility. a stepping-stone path takes you off of the main trail and leads you through the landscape, exposing new sights at every angle. A babbling stream, the smell of evergreens and tulips remind one of summer nights at the cottage, under the blue sky and trees, bringing a certain calmness over one’s body and mind.

Outside Inc – Garden H – “Off the Grid”

Outside Inc. welcomes you to our garden. Cell phones, status updates and overwelming schedules are long forgotten. Take a glimpse into a simpler life, where time is just a number, friends are real, family is everything and nature is king. Please enjoy our ‘Great Escape’…Off The Grid

Pro Mow Lawn & Landscape – Garden B – “Weather or Not, Let’s Chill”

We drew our inspiration from the natural beauty of the Michigan seasons. Our main focus on contrast from Summer to Winter. Giving individuals the ability to “escape” to the season of their choosing.

Rosemont Nursery Inc. – Garden D – “Flower Child”

A visit to the 60’s, an era gone by. A time with calls of peace, happiness and love. Many born in that decade were called “Flower Children”. So jump into your VW bus and escape out of town to your happy place. This garden is dedicated to my daughters, and granddaughters who all have horticulture flower names.

Witte Lawn Maintenance – Garden C – “Welcome to Copacabana!”

When you have the Michigan winter blues because you haven’t seen the sun in a month, Copacabana is an amazing place to escape to for some fun and sun. Copacabana is a historic ocean front district in Rio de Janeiro that stretches two and a half miles along the Atlantic Ocean. You will certainly recognize its unique landscape as it has hosted many famous events over the years, including the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, Beach Volleyball Game for the 2016 Olympics, noteworthy New Year’s Eve Parties, and the largest open-air concert ever attended when 3.5 million people gathered on the beach to jam to Rod Stewart in 1994. The Copacabana Promenade is a historic walk originally built in the 1930s and was rebuilt in the 1970ss using black and white Portuguese pavement stones designed as a geometric ocean wave alongside of Copacabana beach. Come! Escape to Copacabana and enjoy sand sculptures on the beach, warm ocean water, local artists’ crafts, delight in a Brazilian Barbeque, dance the samba, and seep into nature and the culture that is Copacabana!

Life in Bloom Flower Power Charity Challenge!

Life in Bloom Flower Power Charity Challenge!

Friday, March 6 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:

Angela Cunningham – 13 ON YOUR SIDE, playing for ELNC – Early Learning Neighborhood Collective

Jill Johnson Crane Dance Farm, playing for the Fulton Street Farmers Market

Shelley IrwinWGVU Morning Show, playing for WGVU Public Media

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

Dr. Adam Van GesselFamily Chiropractic playing for Hand 2 Hand Kids


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:

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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