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Home & Garden Expo provides a blast of color to break out of the winter doldrums

Fast forward to spring with a blast of color in Kalamazoo

When visitors enter the 2020 Kalamazoo Home & Garden Expo at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Marie Frank has a simple goal for guests’ first impression.

“We want people to see the color blast as soon as they enter the exhibit hall and get that excited feeling that spring is just around the corner,” said Frank, the director of marketing and communications for the Home Builders Association of Western Michigan. “At this point, we’re all pretty fed up with the gray and dormant part of winter.”

“We’ve added more flowers, more vibrant colors and water features because this is one way to wake up our senses and look past the last few months when we’ve been cooped up inside.”

The expo, which runs from March 13-15 and is the largest home and garden show in Southwest Michigan, provides a prime opportunity to ramp up spring project planning, gather ideas and get into motion on work in and around residences.

The expo is an everything under one roof experience that can identify home improvement trends and upgrades to outdoor living spaces. Guests will find and learn from experts in landscaping, interior design, remodeling, home automation and home security, among other vendors who can contribute to a wide variety of projects.

Frank said the show is a one-stop center to obtain multiple quotes on products and services, with the ability to take advantage of exclusive show savings.

“If you can dream it, you can find it here,” Frank said.

Admission for the show is $10 at the door for adults, with $2 discounts if purchased online. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are also available at Kalamazoo area Harding’s stores.

Here is the daily schedule:

· Friday, March 13: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

· Saturday, March 14: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

· Sunday, March 15: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Organizers are offering special admission prices on Friday for veterans, who receive free entry with military I.D., and seniors 65 and older will receive a $2 discount. Saturday is designed for families with free face painting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and other activities throughout the day.

Expo highlights include education seminars and workshops that will inform visitors about low- maintenance sustainable landscaping, indoor and outdoor succulents and how to enhance landscapes at no cost.

The popular Passport to Prizes returns this year, offering guests the opportunity to win great prizes – last year included a big screen TV, an Apple watch, Yeti products and gardening gift baskets – by collecting stamps from sponsoring vendor booths.

MarketKazoo, the Home & Garden Expo’s shopping experience, is the go-to spot for supplies from unique décor and gifts, gardening tools and supplies and well as the sought-after one-of-a-kind metal art from Colonial Wagon & Wheel.

The show’s beer cart located near the garden area is back again, allowing visitors to relax and wander the expo with a cold Michigan craft brew as they contemplate the summer ahead.

"The expo has something for everyone,” said Frank. “We’re looking forward to another great year and another great experience.”

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