March 1, 2019 — Starting today, look for signs of spring at the Florence Events Center with the return of the 22nd annual Home and Garden Show. Presented by KCST/KCFM Coast Radio and the Siuslaw News, this indoor and outdoor show brings the latest in home and garden inspiration, trends and innovated products for guests to peruse.
“The goal is to provide a wide variety of quality home and garden products and services in a vibrant atmosphere,” said organizer Jon Thompson, Coast Radio general manager. “That commitment hasn’t changed over more than two decades.”
The show is open March 1 to 3, Friday from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under — and half-price coupons are available at Bi-Mart, while they last. Plus, admission is free from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
From the moment that guests arrive at the FEC, they will see exhibits by local and regional vendors — starting with Laurel Bay Gardens’ outdoor plant and garden sale just outside the show entrance.
Laurel Bay’s Garden Party is again the Home & Garden Show’s centerpiece design and “Outdoor Living with Style” is the theme, featuring Vegepods, container gardens and do-it-yourself mini garden workshops. People can plant terrariums, cactus, fairy gardens or create their own look at these workshops.
“Laurel Bay Gardens and owner Lisa Walter-Sedlacek have been a cherished partner since the first show and their centerpiece design is always a big draw,” Thompson said.
Laurel Bay Gardens will also showcase the newest trends in outdoor living, including modular outdoor screens, paver patios, self-contained fountains, pottery and garden art. It’s all about ways to increase outdoor living with climate-appropriate plants and products.
Throughout the show, people can expect to try hands-on, do-it-themselves workshops.
“There are always in-booth demonstrations. We also have three or four booths offering samples and tastes of their products. A new one this year is Brevin’s Fudge,” Thompson said.
While many of the vendors return annually, the show aims to bring a new mix of services each year.
“I like the variety in this year’s show specifically as it relates to home improvement,” Thompson said. “We have a general contractor, bathroom remodel experts and companies offering home heating, flooring, cabinets, painting, garage floor coating and sealing, solarium construction, gutter cover installation, window replacement, home decor and the newest in furniture and appliances. Most importantly, it is a one-stop shop for people looking for home improvement ideas, services, products and help with their landscaping and garden needs.”
This year’s complete vendor line-up includes:
The number of returning vendors is a plus to Thompson, because it shows that the Home & Garden Show is a successful trip out to the coast.
“We get such a good turnout from the community that it almost feels like a family reunion,” he said. “The Florence Events Center is warm and inviting. Our vendors tell us that those who attend are extremely friendly and very interested in talking about their products and services.”
One of the vendors, the Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative, just discovered it is the recipient of the Public Lands Alliance's 2019 Publication of Year Award for the collaborative's book, “Restoring Oregon Dunes: The bid to save a National Treasure.” The award recognizes a book or other publication created in partnership by a nonprofit organization and a public land that embodies innovation in educating and interpreting public lands to its readers, and impacts a substantial audience.
The Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative has a table at the Florence Home Show this weekend where you can obtain a copy of their book for a $10 donation. $7 goes to reprinting the book and $3 goes to restoration efforts. The book tells the story of the coastal dunes that run from Florence to Coos Bay, their history, why they are disappearing and the partnership that has been formed to try and save them.
Hundreds of people attend Florence's Home and Garden show each year.
“Our show is one of the last ones on the Oregon Coast and we’re still going strong. I think that’s because of our commitment to the quality of the show and our vendors,” Thompson said. “Because of our size, we carefully select the participants each year based on the type of product and service they offer and whether it fits into what we are trying to do with the show.”
Florence Home & Garden Show is sponsored by Three Rivers Casino Resort, Bi-Mart and Central Lincoln PUD.