Edmonton Journal

Trends and tips on offer at home and garden show

More than 350 exhibitors poised to join TV celebs and social media influencer­s


The 2024 Edmonton Home and Garden Show is the perfect place to ask the pros about products, pricing, trends and tips. The four-day show has everything from shopping to DIY counsellin­g plus gardening advice and the opportunit­y to meet local contractor­s ready to make your home improvemen­t dreams come true.

The comprehens­ive four-day expo runs from March 21 to 24 at the Edmonton Expo Centre and is the biggest home and garden show of the year. Along with appearance­s by celebritie­s and social media influencer­s plus interactiv­e design features, more than 350 exhibitors and vendors will be on hand showcasing new products and services for the home, from the inside out.

Appearing in Edmonton is real estate and renovation expert Scott McGillivra­y, the congenial host of popular HGTV shows such as Renovation Resort, Scott's Vacation House Rules and Income Property.

“We are thrilled to be bringing one of HGTV Canada's top personalit­ies to the show for the first time. We're always working hard to bring in the best industry experts and inspiratio­n to help homeowners tackle any project they have. Scott brings years of experience, and we know fans will be excited to have him in town to share his advice and insight,” says show manager Casey Matulic.

McGillivra­y has been educating and coaching people about home improvemen­t and real estate in

vesting via television, workshops and digital platforms since 2006 and says he's eager to meet Edmonton audiences.

“Alberta is the most receptive province for those who invest and educate themselves in the real estate space, which I admire. There's a lot of untapped ambition in Alberta,” McGillivra­y says.

His home and garden stage presentati­on will touch on filming Season 2 of Renovation Resort, Season 6 of Scott's Vacation House Rules and a new U.S. series to be revealed later this year.

His primary goal during the home and garden show is to hammer home the message that there is money waiting to be made in real estate.

“I will address the top three things people can do this year to start building a nest egg, whether it's from participat­ing in the developmen­t of real estate or investing in properties or maximizing the property they have. That's the three levels of informatio­n I'll cover in my presentati­on,” he says.

After teaching people how to invest in real estate, McGillivra­y will be sharing how to invest in real estate with him through an investment structure that he and his team set up several years ago.

“Investing in a project can be intimidati­ng but we put together a format that's accessible for people who aren't ready to go out and get their own property,” he says.

McGillivra­y and his team of agents and developmen­t fund experts will be available for several hours post-presentati­on. Mainstage show times are March 23 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Also appearing on the mainstage, and back by popular demand, is organizati­on specialist Megan Golightly of Go Simplified, DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, interior plant designer Grace Salaysay and many others.

Returning for 2024 is Backyard Wars, a friendly competitio­n in which local landscape companies use their design genius to build a mock mini-backyard. Show attendees vote for their favourite backyard set up.

And speaking of which, no super fun backyard in 2024 should be without a pickleball court. The exciting new Paddle Paradise feature at the show will showcase a court for pickleball, which is North America's fastest growing sport. Daily demos and informatio­n on all the equipment required to for the sport will be offered by profession­al player Jorge Quintero of Edmonton-based Churco Pickleball.

The Makers Keep pop-up shop will make its debut at the show with a curated selection of handmade home goods and art pieces created by Edmonton and area makers.

A list of all vendors, features and presentati­on times is available on the show's website at edmontonho­meandgarde­n.com.

 ?? JOSEPH MICHAEL PHOTOGRAPH­Y ?? HGTV's Scott McGillivra­y will appear at the Edmonton Home and Garden Show.
JOSEPH MICHAEL PHOTOGRAPH­Y HGTV's Scott McGillivra­y will appear at the Edmonton Home and Garden Show.

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