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Southern Spring Home & Garden Show returns in February


Kevin O’Connor

CHARLOTTE — The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show, the largest show of its kind in the South, will return Feb. 28-March 1 and March 6-8 to The Park Expo and Conference Center.

Hosted by Marketplace Events and showcasing hundreds of exhibitors, the show was recently ranked second by Better Homes & Gardens in its top five flower and garden shows in the country.

The show will feature new and innovative ideas for indoor and outdoor spaces. Attendees will mingle with TV celebrities and receive advice on home decorating, renovating, landscaping and much more.

Due to popular demand, this year’s show will feature expanded gardens and more blooms and shrubs.

At the Main Stage, guests will hear presentations from home and garden experts such as Kevin O’Connor, host of the Emmy Award-winning series “This Old House” and “Ask This Old House”; Matt Fox, who hosted “Room by Room,” the first show to air on HGTV and the longest-running decorating program in television history; horticulturist and garden columnist Norman Winter and landscape architect Jack Barnwell; and celebrated garden designer Margie Grace of Grace Design Associates.

O’Connor has appeared on “This Old House” and “Ask This Old House” since 2003 and serves on the editorial board of This Old House magazine. He is also the host of “This New House,” airing on the DIY Network, and “History Through Your House,” airing on the History Channel’s H2 network.

The third host in the history of the pioneering home improvement show, O’Connor will be presenting on Feb. 28 and Feb. 29. He was previously a senior vice president with Bank of America’s commercial real estate group before joining the show.

Show visitors will be invited to tour the Belgard Gardens, which will feature a theme of “Vintage South.”

Local landscape designers and companies will install a dozen gardens around the theme, which will evoke memories of sitting on the front porch with a cold glass of sweet tea and the smell of honeysuckle in the air. The Belgard Gardens will include a central gazebo as well as a pop-up shop with a variety of gardening accessories for sale.

Last year’s popular She Sheds feature will also be back, provided by show partner Better Built and decorated by Ballard Designs.

The female version of man caves, She Sheds are conveniently located in a home’s backyard and can function as a craft corner, reading nook, painting studio or small space to pot plants.

The show will be held for two consecutive weekends. Show hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

On-site parking is $8, and a concession area open during show hours will feature a selection of snacks and beverages.    

Tickets for adults cost $12 at the door and $10 online. Tickets for children 12 and younger are free. Guests may also buy tickets at participating Harris Teeter stores for $8.50 with a VIC card.

On Saturday, Feb. 29, all retired and active military will receive free admission with a valid ID as part of Hero Day.

On Friday, March 6, all Spectrum customers who provide a copy of their bill will receive half off their ticket price. In addition, Saturday, March 7, is Teachers Day, and all educators and staff with a valid school ID will receive free admission.

And on Friday, Feb. 28, the show will host Trades Day, providing a showcase for area firms in the various construction trades that face a shortage of skilled workers and have job openings.

Marketplace Events and “This Old House” proudly support TV personality Mike Rowe’s mikeroweWORKS Foundation, which is working to close the skills gap by encouraging young people to master the vocational trades that built this country.

Trades Day will introduce guests to a variety of trade positions that pay well and offer satisfying career paths.

For more information, visit www.charlottespringhomeandgardenshow.com.

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