Home show builds on its strengths

Main­stage lineup new twist to trade ex­hi­bi­tion later this month at B.C. Place Sta­dium

The Province - - HOMES - CLAU­DIA KWAN

Clear your cal­en­dar: The B.C. Home + Gar­den Show is re­turn­ing next week, show­cas­ing ev­ery­thing you need for your home, both in­doors and out.

This year marks the 47th an­nual run­ning of the show, which takes place Feb. 21 to 25 at B.C. Place Sta­dium.

While the event prides it­self on hav­ing some­thing for ev­ery­one, every year there is some­thing new to be ex­cited about, says Tyson Kidd, show man­ager for Mar­ket­place Events. In 2018, that in­cludes the lineup of main­stage speak­ers, sev­eral of whom are tak­ing part for the first time.

“Brian McCourt and Sarah Keen­ley­side, they have this cool, young, fresh en­ergy and they work to­gether so well — you see it on their show (HGTV’s Back­yard Builds),” Kidd says. “Then there’s Danielle Bryk, who has such a unique skill set as both a de­signer and a contractor — we’re very lucky to have her.”

This year’s show prom­ises to be the big­gest one yet, fea­tur­ing more than 425 ex­hibitors, as well as the Por­to­bello West mar­ket­place, pop­u­lar Ask an Ex­pert booth, a Tiny Home Vil­lage and a lineup of speak­ers that in­cludes lo­cal de­sign­ers Sarah Gal­lop and Jamie Bam­field.

The show also gets so­cial-me­dia buzz through de­sign chal­lenges for lo­cal me­dia and celebri­ties. This year, the Great Crate Chal­lenge asks par­tic­i­pants to re-imag­ine the pur­pose of the hum­ble wooden crate with touches that speak to their own per­son­al­i­ties and de­sign esthetics. The fin­ished projects will be auc­tioned off to ben­e­fit Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity.

In this year’s fea­ture gar­dens, con­tainer and small-space gar­den­ing get spe­cial at­ten­tion with ad­di­tional thought paid to con­ser­va­tion and drought pre­ven­tion. Mean­while, ex­pert and rookie gar­den­ers alike can seek ad­vice di­rectly from green thumbs like master gar­dener Brian Min­ter of Chilli­wack’s Min­ter Coun­try Gar­den, land­scap­ing ex­pert Car­son Arthur of HGTV’s Home to Win and Leanne John­son of Gar­denWorks.

As for Kidd, he has his eye on a new prod­uct from Patch Planters: A self-wa­ter­ing planter made out of Tyvek that’s small enough to pop on a win­dowsill or even a desk.

“I grew up on an acreage in Al­berta and my par­ents had a 5,000-square­foot gar­den with every veg­etable you can imag­ine,” Kidd says with a laugh. “I used to grab car­rots and peas out of there — it would be nice to have some­thing like that again!”

For tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion, visit bchome­andgar­den­show.com.

The 47th an­nual B.C. Home + Gar­den Show Feb. 21-25 will place spe­cial at­ten­tion on fea­ture, con­tainer and small-space gar­den­ing along with con­ser­va­tion and drought pre­ven­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.