February 10, 2017

Bringing it home

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The BC Home + Garden Show is a showcase of colourful ideas to implement in your own abode, no matter how big or small, grand or humble

By  Lucy Hyslop

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With a roster that ranges from TV stars to local design heavy hitters, the BC Home + Garden Show’s new lineup is all about one thing: The transferable takeaway.

“It’s all about being totally relatable,” says show manager Tyson Kidd. “The people who come to our shows want to be able to take what they learn and hear and incorporate it into their own space.”

Celebs at this year’s show, which runs Feb. 22 to 26 at BC Place Stadium, include HGTV talents Bryan Baeumler (Bryan Inc.), Mike “MJ” Holmes Jr. (Holmes + Holmes) and Carson Arthur (Home to Win), as well as CityTV Cityline DIY and lifestyle expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault.

Tickets for the BC Home + Garden Show at BC Place Stadium cost $13 for adults ($10 for seniors) online at bchomeandgardenshow.com or $16 for adults ($13 for seniors) at the door. Children 12 and under are free. 

They were all chosen for their knack of firing up creativity in the audience long after the showroom’s lights have dimmed, says Kidd. And that’s the thinking behind the event’s other highlights, which include a home made from a converted shipping container (see page 49), local designer Jamie Banfield’s energy-saving devices (see page 57) and urban gardening tips.

This year’s show will look less at multi-million-dollar renovations or expansive back yards, and more at techniques that convert well to the average Lower Mainland home.

For example, the show is debuting a WORKSHOP section (following on from fall’s Vancouver Home and Design Show, where people could take calligraphy lessons and learn flower arranging), which will also include “transferable hands-on skills” centring on urban gardening.

It will appeal on different levels, Kidd says, for those who can plant on a balcony in a condo, a rooftop or maybe a living or green wall inside featuring containers of herbs. “Not everybody has a big space to garden in so we have to tailor to smaller space features and making the most out of a plot,” says Kidd, adding that he grew up in Alberta with a 4,000-square-foot garden where his family grew 80 per cent of their own food. “So living in a condo here really hits close to home about us not having the space.”

The ever-popular Ultimate Upcycle Challenge section will also have a green-thumb slant. Called Eat Your Veggies, it will see some five designers and artisans from around the province grab a piece of pre-loved furniture from ReStore and turn it into an urban planter (with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver). For instance, Kidd says, a designer could take a small dresser, open the drawers at different levels, line them with plastic and fill them with soil for a multiple-level herb or vegetable garden.

Now, like the rest of the show’s offerings, that’s something that could easily take root at home.

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