A Sure Sign of Spring: The Minneapolis Home + Garden Show

Photos courtesy of Mike Haberman/NemerFieger
Photos courtesy of Mike Haberman/NemerFieger

Amidst the snow and chilly temperatures, it can be difficult for Minnesotans to imagine spring. But that’s exactly what the annual Minneapolis Home + Garden Show aims to do — help bring a dash of color and light to the season.

“This is one of the most premiere events in the market and a very popular destination for homeowners and people just looking for something to do on a day out,” said Show Manager Bruce Evans.

This year, from March 1st through the 5th, Twin Cities residents can enjoy five days of home and garden inspiration and innovation. With hundreds of vendors and exhibits, the Show boasts great deals, knowledgeable experts, and more.

(Clockwise) Christopher Knight, Ryan McEnaney, Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb

Featured Celebrity Guests

There are two main stages at the show, the Pop Star main stage and the Green Thumb Theater.

The Pop Star stage focuses more on home decor and design and is named after one of the stars of this year’s Show: a brand-new hydrangea. It’s the first time this breed of hydrangea will be introduced to the public. The company working on it has been doing so for years.

This stage will host Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb of HGTV’s Unsellable Houses, which Bruce said he’s “expecting will be a huge hit.” The sisters will be presenting on Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m.

Also on the Pop Star main stage will be Christopher Knight, famous for starring in The Brady Bunch as Peter Brady. He’ll be discussing his new line of top selling indoor and outdoor furniture. Knight will be presenting on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

“Our stages are always so popular, I’m very excited about our stage presentations this year,” Bruce said. “We have a very robust schedule on both of our stages.”

Other guests include Stephanie Hansen, a lifestyle personality, author, and social media maven and Ryan McEnaney of Bailey Nurseries.

And on the Green Thumb Theater stage? Garden experts from the Horticultural Society. “Our garden experts are very technical and so well-received,” Bruce said.

Display Highlights

One of the most-anticipated parts of the event is the Idea Home. It’s an 1800-square foot, 2-bedroom home that shows attendees the latest and greatest designs, techniques, furniture, appliances.

This year the Home is themed “Modern Scandinavian” and is sure to delight and inspire homeowners and renters alike.

If you’re more into the outdoors, another highlight of the Show is the 6 Endless Summer® Feature Gardens. Talented landscapers from across the state come together to create 6 stunning gardens following the theme “Ultimate Twin Cities Backyard.”

Get ready to immerse yourself in summer garden sights and smells, right at the end of winter.

This year there will also be a shed display next to the gardens to offer attendees even more experiences and ideas.

When asked which part of the Show is his favorite, Bruce said with laughter, “That’s like asking who your favorite kid is!” But he did say, in addition to the Idea Home and the Gardens, Innovation Avenue will be something attendees won’t want to miss.

Innovation Avenue will have 8 or 9 of the most innovative and “cool” new products on display. Attendees can see the first-ever lawn mower and trimmer combo, the new Pop Star hydrangea, and more.

“The media always asks ‘What’s new?’ at the Show and it definitely peaks people’s interest,” Bruce said.

In addition to the above exhibits, there will be a pet area with innovations for furry friends, and an “Up North Escape” area for those who like to venture North and spend time in their cabins. There will also be local food trucks and dozens of other offerings and vendors.

The weekend will culminate in the Annual Plant Sale, where attendees can enjoy massive bargains on plants from the landscapers.

The Takeaway

“It truly is a great show. From the minute people walk in, we have a big entrance display, so we really want to offer warm welcomes and fond farewells,” Bruce said.

Attendees can expect vibrant flowers, fragrant plants, leading-edge home decor, and inspiring ideas.

“It truly is a place to get expert advice while having a great day out,” Bruce said. “Even if you’re living in an apartment, there’s ideas for small-space living, and there’s ideas for elaborate landscaping. It’s for everyone.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit homeandgardenshow.com.

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