Feb. 28, 2018 — A “Breath of Spring” will welcome attendees to the 22nd annual Florence Home and Garden Show this weekend. The fragrant aroma of fresh flowers, greenery and berry plants will fill the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., starting with Laurel Bay Gardens at the front entryway and inside.
“Laurel Bay is the focal point, the centerpiece of the show,” said Jon Thompson, owner of Coast Radio and founder of the Home and Garden Show. “Lisa is always our biggest vendor and our primary landscape nursery.”
Laurel Bay chose “Breath of Spring” as this year’s theme, which Thompson said will be incorporated into much of the rest of the show.
In addition to encouraging people to “Stroll Through the Berry Patch” at Laurel Bay’s seasonal sale of blueberry, strawberry and other fruit plants, the nursery will feature a special information booth so people can learn to “grow their own” indoor and outdoor plants.
“We have a whole bunch of new products this year,” Laurel Bay owner Lisa Walter Sedlacek said. “People will learn about growing vegetables in Vegepods, self-sustained growing systems that can go on your patio.”
There will also be an international flair, with Italian style pottery and fountains and hammered metal yardart from a fair-trade coop in Haiti.
“We’re very excited to show what we have this year,” Walter Sedlacek said.
A total of 38 exhibitors will be at the show, both indoors and out front.
Thompson said, “We have a couple of new vendors that will have very interesting booths,” including Willamette Custom Woodworks, Siuslaw Broadband and ReVision Design Build.”
The home and garden show regularly features businesses and products from the Siuslaw region, as well as from further into the Willamette Valley and beyond.
“The home show gives businesses outside of the area that want to do business in Florence the chance to come here and bring their products and services,” Thompson said.
Some of this year’s product vendors include Kitchen Craft, a regular at the Florence Home and Garden Show, CJames Nursery and special Down Under Pots, Cedar Works Spa and Sauna, N-Hance Wood Refinishing, Sand Ranch and Scentsy. In addition, Beach House Gifts, Polished Boutique and Salon and Word of Mouth Home Décor will have a variety of products for the home.
Roby’s Furniture & Appliance and The Mattress Shoppe is one of the biggest exhibitors at this year’s show.
“We got Roby’s in for the first time in quite a few years,” Thompson said. “Since Bob (Sneddon) came from Coast Radio, he knew how important it was to be involved in Florence’s only home show. They have three booths going.”
Laurel Bay and exhibitors such as C James Nursery, Winter Green Farms and the Siuslaw Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will show attendees the kinds of plants, vegetables, fruits and flowers grow best on the Oregon coast. A variety of vendors including Celia’s Gourmet Foods, Kimo’s Dips and Spiritopia will offer tasty samples.
Interior vendors feature kitchen and home products, landscaping services, health care alternatives and more to facilitate spring home and garden to-do lists. Contractors and services will also be on hand to help plan for those projects outside of the do-it-yourself range.
The Florence Home and Garden Show is sponsored by Three Rivers Casino Resort, Bi-Mart and Central Lincoln PUD. It is presented by Coast Radio and the Siuslaw News.
It will run three days this weekend, Friday, March 2, to Sunday, March 4, at the Florence Events Center.
Tickets are $2, or free admission on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.