Home + Garden show offers reprieve from winter

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(Mark Hancock)

For lifestyle enthusiasts, the Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show has offered a reprieve from the winter blues for more than three decades. Now, in its 33rd year, the show hopes to remind some 38,000 who will attend that spring is just around the corner.

Whether to brush up on cooking skills, gather home repair and gardening tips or just see the latest in home design, there seems to be something for everyone.

“My favorite part is seeing all of the new designs and ideas for the year,” said Lauren Eichler. “I love getting tips and tricks and finding new things for our home. The show will be a great way to expand on the ideas we already have and potentially find new ones.”

The Eichlers and other DIYers will be able to gather tips on home improvement from several well-known industry professionals. Kevin O’Connor of PBS’ This Old House and DIY Network’s This New House will share his expertise, and Don Engebretson, author and field editor for Better Homes and Gardens, plans to be in attendance as well.

Gardening enthusiasts who lack gardening skills but still appreciate a beautiful garden can attend the annual plant sale. Held at 5 p.m. on the final day, the sale will offer deals on plants from local growers.

For the foodies, highlights include live cooking demonstrations throughout the event and a cook-off between some of our state’s finest fire, police and military personnel. The cook-off will take place on Hero Day, Sunday, Jan. 17. Current members of the military, fire department or police force can enter free on this day with a valid service ID.

For the kids (and for the adults too), visit The Ultimate Tree House created by Tony Mussatto, owner of Tony’s Tree Plantation. His booth will display an over-the-top tree house complete with a 12-foot suspended water feature.

The event is a great opportunity for DIYers and those in the industry.

“Every company that exhibits goes away saying that they gained enough sales or leads to last the whole year,” said RaeAnn Saunders of Marketplace Events, which puts on the show. “Their excitement for having seen so many people to talk to, explain their product to, sell to, get feedback from — that’s what excites me every year.”

OKC Home + Garden Show

Jan. 16-18

State Fair Park
333 Gordon Cooper Blvd.

Print headline: Planting ideas, The Home + Garden Show promises to be a place where everyone can harvest ideas for their homes.


Carissa Stevens

This article was written by an Oklahoma Gazette contributor. To reach an editor, please email jchancellor@okgazette.com with this story's headline in your subject line.

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