Home improvement inspiration, education coming to America’s Center
By: Sue Hornof
With the official start of spring only one month away, the time is ripe for planning indoor and outdoor home improvement projects. A trip to the annual Builders Home and Garden Show, returning Feb. 21-24 to America’s Center, will bring homeowners the inspiration and education they need to get those projects off the ground.
Produced by the Home Builders Association (HBA), the 36th annual Builders Home and Garden Show is one of the largest consumer home shows in North America. More than 500 companies will exhibit in 1,800 booths, showcasing home and garden products and services in six categories:
• The Lawn & Garden Marketplace includes multiple landscapes, including six colorful gardens filled with flowers and plants, water features and the newest elements for lawn and garden. There will be lawn décor, lawn and garden tools, fire pits, hardscape materials, playground equipment and more.
• The Kitchen & Bath Showcase features the latest designs in appliances, cabinetry, countertops and fixtures, making it a great resource for anyone planning a kitchen or bath update or remodel.
• The Pool & Spa Showcase offers a large selection of pools and spas in various sizes and styles, and products on display are ready for purchase.
• The GeoComfort Green Products Pavilion & Stage is all about sustainability. There will be lots of exhibitor information on living “green,” plus informative seminars presented by local and national experts.
• The Interior Design Marketplace is the place to find furniture, window and wall treatments, flooring products and design accessories, including items new to the St. Louis area.
• The Building Products Area features assorted building goods, including windows, siding gutters, etc.
Celebrity speakers always are a highlight of the Home and Garden Show, and this year’s show brings two renowned national experts.
Appearing at the Green Products Pavilion & Stage, Jeff Wilson, HGTV host and home energy expert, will explain how to make a house cleaner, greener and healthier in his presentation, “Cut Your Home’s Energy Use by 50% with a Deep Energy Retrofit,” at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and again at 1 p.m. on Sunday. At 3 p.m. each day of the show, Wilson will give his “Green Kitchen & Bath Trends” seminar.
Don Engebretson, “The Renegade Gardener,” is an editor, writer and garden scout for Better Homes and Gardens magazine who is known also for his work on HGTV and PBS. Engebretson will appear in the Green Thumb Theater, presenting “Common Gardening Myths – and the Mayhem they Cause” at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; “Crafting Cool & Creative Containers” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday; and “Yes You Can! Landscape Design For Homeowners” at 12:30 p.m. each day of the show.
There also will be seminars on vegetable gardening, enhancing a home’s curb appeal, kitchen and bath remodeling, stone countertops, maximizing energy efficiency, plus home improvement advice from Scott Mosby.
Builders Home and Garden Show
Thursday, Feb. 21, 10-a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
701 Convention Plaza • St. Louis
Adults – $10
Children ages 6-12 – $4
Children 5 and younger – free
Pre-purchase tickets online to receive $2 off adult admission; receive a one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens.
$2 off Thursday and Friday or $1 off weekend discount coupons are available at Schnucks.
Adults ages 62 and older showing proof of age receive half-price admission on Thursday.
Park at Laclede’s Landing or the Arch garage lots for $3-$4 with parking validation and take a free shuttle to and from America’s Center. The shuttle runs in five-minute intervals throughout the show.