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CENTRAL FLORIDA HOME & GARDEN SHOW RETURNS MAY 25-27, 2012
HGTV Designer and Painting Pro Kimberly Lacy to Appear
ORLANDO, Fla. – One of the region’s most anticipated spring events will be here in no time: the 2012 Central Florida Home & Garden Show, returning May 25-27 to the Orange County Convention Center’s North/South complex off Universal Boulevard in Hall North B. Central Florida’s premier home improvement event features local, regional and national experts in remodeling, building, decorating and landscaping, instructional how-to seminars, contests, giveaways and much more. This year’s home improvement extravaganza will showcase 25 Cool New Products and Services and more than 100 first-time exhibitors featuring the industry’s newest products and services. This is the only place to find smart ideas and fresh advice for gardening, home improvement, decor and more, all under one roof!
Special features include appearances by Kimberly Lacy from HGTV’s Curb Appeal, who will offer easy tips on sprucing up outdoors; “Dog Day Afternoon” on Sunday with a presentation by an international canine training expert, Pooch Parade populated by furry fashionistas, and pet supply expo; and Green Avenue featuring more than 6,000 square feet of spectacular gardens and a fresh foliage and garden marketplace with “cash and carry” items.
According to Marketplace Events, the nation’s largest producer of home shows, including the Central Florida Home & Garden Show and fall Orlando Home Show, consumer investment in home improvement is rising as the economy improves. “Whether they have a specific project in mind or simply want to enjoy a fun day out, local residents can get inspired, educated and started at our show where there is something for everyone“ said Cristian Moore, Orlando show manager for Marketplace Events. “Hundreds of experts are standing by to help consumes maximize their home improvement investment.”
Speaking of fun, Kimberly Lacy, the spunky co-host and painting pro on HGTV’s Curb Appeal will offer valuable, money-saving tips to turn your front yard into the talk of the neighborhood. She brings her talents to the Main Stage on Friday at 6:00 p.m., Saturday at 12 noon and 5:00 p.m., and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Calling all fans of man’s best friend! 1059 SUNNY FM’s “Dog Day Afternoon” kicks off on Sunday
at 12 noon with Rick Stacy and a not-to-be-missed presentation by international professional dog trainer and behaviorist Darryl Payne, owner of Pawfection Dog Training in Lake Mary. Payne, a London Police K9 supervisor and handler, bomb detection and counter terrorist search specialist, will share dog training tips and techniques. Then at 1:00 p.m., see the latest in canine couture during a Pooch Parade presented by Woof Gang Bakery. An assortment of furry fashionistas will frolic down the “dog walk.” Throughout the weekend, sniff around the pet supply expo and find great deals on merchandise from treats to toys. Don’t bark up the wrong tree and miss it!
Get answers for your DIY and home improvement, landscaping and home décor questions from more than 250 experts around the show floor and on the main stage throughout the weekend. Popular green thumb and Orlando Sentinel columnist Tom MacCubbin and WFTV Channel 9 Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry are among the presenters (visit www.OrlandoHomeShow.com for a complete listing of presentation times).
Other experts can help you save in the garden, too. Explore the lush Green Avenue, 6,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped gardens, and get inspired to turn your backyard into your own personal green room. Meet with some of the area’s leading experts in gardening, landscaping, water features and supplies, including Paradise Outdoor Living, Pondtastic Water Gardens, Smithwell, and Florida Landscape Professionals. Landscape Supply’s huge and convenient retail display of garden supplies will make getting started a snap.
How does your garden grow? From annuals for your outdoor containers to indoor foliage, from pots to garden tools, find all of your gardening needs in one place at the Fresh Foliage Garden Marketplace. Planters, pots, decorations, tools, hand-made gifts and other items will be available for cash-and-carry purchase…
There’s no better place than at the Central Florida Home & Garden Show to shop, compare and save on a wide variety of home improvement products and services in one location. Show producers have done all of the legwork to identify 25 Cool New Products and Services, from an L.E.D. Tiki Torch and glow-in-the-dark pool tiles to revolutionary skylights and the world’s first “plug and play” vertical garden. Guests can also shop, compare and save at 250 exhibit booths, including more than 100 that are new to the show, plus enter into contest and prize drawings.
After shopping, guests can take a break, sip a drink and relax in style in Club Cambria, open during show hours, which are Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m, and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, and are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+; this discount is ONLY valid at the door and no other discounts apply), $5 for students 13-18 (ID required, only valid at the door), and free for children 12 years and younger. Advance tickets can be purchased online for a $3 discount off full-price $10 admission at www.OrlandoHomeShow.com. Convenient on-site parking is available adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center off Universal Boulevard, and is $8 per car.
For more information, visit www.OrlandoHomeShow.com, or call 877-871-SHOW (7469). The Central Florida Home & Garden Show and its fall sister show, the Orlando Home Show (October 5-7, 2012) are both produced by Marketplace Events.
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