February 9, 2018

BC Home + Garden Show: The 47th annual show is the biggest yet

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By Claudia Kwan

From retirees to renters to homeowners taking on a massive renovation, the BC Home + Garden Show prides itself on having something for everyone. And every year, says Tyson Kidd, there is something new to be excited about. In 2018, that includes the lineup of main stage speakers—several of whom are taking part in the show 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),” says Kidd, the show manager for marketplace events. “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—the 47th annual one—takes place February 21 to 25 at BC Place Stadium. It 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 beloved 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 aesthetics. The finished projects will be auctioned off to benefit Habitat for Humanity.
The show has everything you need for your home, both indoors and out. 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 (and Westcoast Homes & Design columnist) 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 to a windowsill or even a desk.
“I grew up on an acreage in Alberta and my parents had a 5,000-square-foot garden with every vegetable you can imagine,” Kidd laughs. “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

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