The weather might not show it yet, but spring is on the way to Southwest Michigan. And although the calendar tells you the first day of spring is March 20, the unofficial start of the season is the 2019 Kalamazoo Home & Garden Expo from March 7-10!
The region’s premier home and garden show features more than 60,000 square-feet of exhibits where you can get a look at the latest trends and find inspiration for your own home. And the best part is there’s still 12 weeks until Memorial Day, so there’s plenty of time to turn an idea into reality before summer.
You can use the 2019 Home & Garden Expo as a starting point for a project you’ve had in mind all winter – or for a project you haven’t even envisioned, yet. This year’s show is at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake St., and runs Thursday, March 7, through Sunday, March 10.
Here are five reasons you don’t want to miss it:
• There will be more than 140 vendors showcasing products and services in over 60,000 square-feet of exhibit space. You can find home remodelers, lawn and landscaping services, roofers, painters, water proofers and anything else you could want or need for your home.
Hot tubs? Yep. Windows? You bet. Patio furniture? Flooring? Sunrooms? Yes. Yes. And yes.
You can connect with a contractor who can do the job you have in mind or get the products you need to handle a do-it-yourself project. You can even find a builder and get started planning a whole new home!
Spending on home improvements nationwide is projected to grow 1.6 percent this year, up from $172 billion in 2018. Meanwhile, a strong job market combined with declining mortgage interest rates is giving a boost to the home-building market this spring.
• New to the expo this year is Passport to Prizes. When you arrive to the expo, you’ll get a passport that can be stamped at participating vendor booths. If you collect stamps from all 10 sponsoring vendors, your passport will be entered into a drawing for prizes such as a high-end kitchen faucet, gift baskets with Yeti products and more. Winners will be drawn March 11.
• MarketKazoo, the Home & Garden Expo’s unique shopping experience, returns with a chic collection of items for sale including boutique décor and gifts, vintage gardening tools and supplies, garden art, metal sculptures and more!
• The beer garden is back this year with extended hours! Enjoy local Michigan beers as well as domestic favorites from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, March 8, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10.
• “Bee a smart gardener” and check out the busy schedule of educational seminars and
workshops at this year’s Home & Garden Expo. Informative and interactive programs are planned throughout the expo inside MarketKazoo.
Free workshops cover topics ranging from getting your garden plants started indoors to getting rid of garden pests in the summer. There are free seminars on pet-friendly gardening, tree planting, landscaping over a septic field, raised-bed gardening, the latest gardening apps and creating habitats for Monarch butterflies or bees, as well as workshops on flower arranging and low-maintenance succulents that you can attend for a small fee. Here’s the full schedule.
Plus, there’s a free make-and-take activity for kids all weekend: Throughout the Home & Garden Expo kids can decorate a pot, plant seeds and then take it home to watch it grow! There’s also free face painting for kids from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9.
A survey of recent homebuyers found that hardwood flooring, walk-in pantries, patios and exterior lighting, garage storage, laundry rooms and energy-saving appliances and windows are some of the top features that people are looking for in houses this year.
How are you going to improve your home? Explore the possibilities at the 2019 Kalamazoo Home & Garden Expo.
Tickets are $8 in advance here or $10 at the door. Kids age 12 and under are free. New this year, for just $15 you can get a four-day pass that lets you come and go all weekend. The four-day pass is available only online.
The expo also offers discounts during the week: attendees age 65 and over get $2 off admission on Thursday, and veterans who show their military ID get in free on Friday.