41st Annual West Michigan Home and Garden Show Highlights
Surprising and inspiring you for over 40 years, the West Michigan Home & Garden Show March 5 - 8 at DeVos Place is the best way to usher in Spring! We'll connect you with all the local businesses you need for your home improvement and renovation projects, not to mention landscaping, gardening, deck, patio and outdoor living plans! The show is a tradition of the season, and for the season. Shake off the cold and leave winter behind, because we have created an oasis that will delight your senses and inspire you to realize all your dreams for your home this year.
Local Inspiration is Made in Michigan
We’re proud that almost all of our 350 exhibitors are local businesspeople and companies who care about and support our community. They provide outstanding service to their customers, and many of them even manufacture products right here in Michigan. Come meet them -- you can feel good knowing you are doing business with your neighbors in your community. The Show is a proud member of Local First.
Waterfalls, rock gardens, decks and patios ... Petals and plants, blossoms and blooms ... Perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees -- our Home & Garden Show is overgrown with gardens! If you love to stroll through a beautiful garden, enjoy perusing the Annuals section at your local greenhouse, or even just like sitting on a beautiful patio with a cold beverage, then this is the show for you. Whether you're a Certified Master Gardener or you don't know a trowel from a tiller, you'll enjoy everything blooming and growing inside DeVos Place. You don’t need a green thumb to appreciate all the show has to offer, and you're sure to come away with loads of ideas for your own garden and landscaping projects.
"Great Escapes" in the Gardens
This year’s Feature Garden theme is “Great Escapes”! Our amazing landscapers will blow you away when they take color and design to new heights in their passion for creating world class gardens. You will be delighted as never before. Be sure to visit all of the gardens and vote for your favorite to crown the 2020 Garden of the Year!
The Association of Grand Rapids Landscape Professionals
At the heart of the show you will always find the AGRLP Garden. This year's designer, DeHamer Landscaping, incorporated the theme “Great Escapes” by creating a family getaway right in the backyard, combining sports, entertainment, relaxation, and amazing food. AGRLP Members come together to create this giant garden and will be there all weekend to answer your questions -- a terrific resource for all of your landscaping needs!
This is your "Home Base" at the show, with seminars on everything from interior design and beautifying tips to DIY advice! Local and regional experts will be on hand, so pull up a chair at the Home Stage and discover 2020's hot design trends, how to organize your home, how to create a perfect flower arrangement, how to tap into renewable energy sources, or how to fix that leaky faucet!
2020 Proven Winners National Plants of the Year
Eager gardeners get their first chance to see 2020's Plants of the Year from Proven Winners, The #1 Plant Brand, right here at the show! Check out Perennial of the Year ‘Denim ‘n Lace’ Perovskia, a gorgeous easy-care Russian Sage, or Annual of the Year Diamond Collection of Euphorbia that will delight you with its delicate appearance and hardy constitution! Plus the Hosta, Rose, Hydrangea, and Flowering Shrub of the Year -- you can’t help but get excited to bring some of these winners into your own gardens! And don’t miss the seminars on the Proven Winners Garden Stage each day, highlighting their newest plants!
Proven Winners Garden Stage
When more than 2 dozen free seminars pack the garden stage, there is something for everyone! Presented by the area's leading authorities from Proven Winners, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, MSU Extension Horticulture Educators, Plant Michigan Green, and our headliner Robert Geneve. With so many things to learn about, this would be a great time to consider an All Show Multiday Ticket – just $18 gets you in the show every day and you won’t have to miss any of your favorite topics.
2020 Garden Stage Headliner Dr. Robert Geneve, University of Kentucky, Professor of Horticulture
Smart Plants: Magical Interactions Between Flowers and their Pollinators
Flowering plants and pollinators have been doing the “dating dance” since the beginning of time. Flowers may be designed to attract and interact with many general or one specific pollinator. If a plant can ONLY be pollinated by a single pollinator, there is no margin for error when it comes to attractiveness! Join Dr. Robert Geneve in a scientific look at how flowers signal, lure or “trick” pollinators into their nectar-filled lairs. Some even have moving parts and, if you look closely, you can see the “magic” in those flowers!
The Garden to Table Stage
Here, we celebrate a "growing" interest in the community: No longer are we happy just growing pretty gardens ... now we want our gardens to produce food that we can put on the table! From starting seeds to harvesting perfect tomatoes, from growing fruit to herbs to vegetables, from attracting pollinators to going organic -- this is the stage for Locavores! The Garden to Table Stage features "The Canning Diva" Diane Devereaux, plus the Smart Vegetable Gardening Series, staffed with MSU educators, and much more!
Smart Gardening—Simple but Smart!
Learn how to care for your lawn and garden in environmentally-friendly ways that can also save you time and money. The folks from MSU Extension are collecting and sharing smart ideas focused on earth-friendly, research-based lawn care and gardening techniques with their “Smart Gardening” information. Pick up your tip sheets, watch show videos, and find them on the Garden to Table Stage and Garden Stage to help you gain “Smart” ideas for your garden
Standard Kitchens Cooking Stage – Fresh Heart Healthy Noodle Bowls with Lightly Smoked Seafood
Reimagine Comfort Food and leave the guilt behind! Join Home and Garden Show favorite Chef Angus Campbell as he teaches you to make delicious, satisfying, and healthy comfort food. Chef Campbell will demonstrate how to prepare delectable noodle bowls from fresh, healthy ingredients and perfectly combine them with lightly smoked heart-healthy seafood. Bon appetit!
DTE Grilling Deck
Fire things up with local chef Tommy FitzGerald on the DTE Grilling Deck. Chef Tommy promises to help make fantastic food simple, and this year he's preparing everyone's favorite -- pizza! Come learn about the versatility of the grill, as well as the convenience of natural gas. We promise it will be grilling weather before you know it!
SHOP in the Garden and Art Market
This year's market is overflowing and bursting out the front doors! Come shop the colorful booths -- you'll find dozens of wonderful small businesses, including local artists and crafters, plants and garden accessories from the finest local nurseries, and artisan foods. It’s shopping at its best and a fun way to take a little of the Home & Garden Show home with you!
The 4th Annual Plant Sale Sunday 4pm – 6pm
As the weekend comes to a close, you'll want something to tide you over until next year's show -- so take some of those beautiful plants home with you! Enjoy free admission starting at 4pm on Sunday, and visit our landscapers to purchase the beautiful plants that make up their gardens! These gorgeous plants will brighten your home as you count the days to Spring!
uBloom Flower Power- Local Celebrity Design Challenge!
Don't miss this hilarious live competition, Friday at 6pm on the Home Stage, hosted byCatherine Behrendt, Rick Vuyst, and J Schwanke. Be here to cheer for your favorite Local Celebrities, including Shelley Irwin, Angela Cunningham, Michelle McCormick, and others -- as they race to complete a floral arrangement, live on stage! The winner gets bragging rights, and their local charity of choice receives $500.
The GRFD Fire Safety House
A fun, interactive, and educational part of the show! Designed for teaching children critical safety techniques, the Smoke House is a must-visit display for adults, too. The Grand Rapids Fire Department travels around the area with the Smoke House to teach children about fire hazards and prevention as well as survival stratagies. Stop by this important display with your children and grandchildren.
Michigan Floral Association
Michigan’s official trade organization for florists returns to dazzle your eyes, and your nose, with spectacular arrangements by the industry’s most talented designers. Located at the west end of the Grand Gallery, giant floral designs are blooming all weekend, and Friday enjoy an ‘iron-chef’ style competition that will put several talented designers in a 1 hour design on the fly contest.
For more information, visit www.GRHomeShow.com