14th annual Home & Garden Show this weekend


People walk through the booths at the 2012 North Central Florida Home Show at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, in Gainesville, March 10, 2012.

Brad McClenny / Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.

With spring being the season people begin to think about sprucing up inside or outside their homes, homeowners can get ideas and answers from 137 vendors displaying 192 booths at this weekend's North Central Florida Home & Garden Show.

Facts

Seminars

Saturday

11 a.m. “Protect and Prepare Your Home from Storm or Hurricane Damage,” with Scott Robinson, Robinson Renovation & Custom Homes

1 p.m. “Getting to Green: Tips for Creating a Florida-Friendly Landscape,” with Wendy Wilber, Horticultural Extension Agent, UF IFAS Alachua County Extension Service

2:30 p.m. “Rain Gardens and Water Conservation: Small Steps that Make a Big Difference,” with Jennifer Mitchell, senior environmental specialist, Alachua County Environmental Protection Department

Sunday

Noon “Protect and Prepare Your Home from Storm or Hurricane Damage,” with David Hilman, Custom Design Renovations LLC

1:30 p.m. “Getting to Green: Tips for Creating a Florida-Friendly Landscape,” with Wendy Wilber

3 p.m. “Rain Gardens and Water Conservation: Small Steps that Make a Big Difference,” with Jennifer Mitchell

Presented by the Builders Association of North Central Florida and The Gainesville Sun, the 14th annual event will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the O'Connell Center on the University of Florida campus. Admissions is $4 per person and free for ages 16 and younger.

The event includes seminars and how-to clinics.

“If you have questions about landscaping, remodeling, gardening, this is a great place to get answers all in one weekend,” said Margie Krpan, deputy executive vice president of the builders association. “Before starting your projects, why not go to the home show, ask the questions, talk to several different vendors on the same topic you're looking at, get a lot of good ideas, get prices and then you're more effective when you're doing your spring cleanup and things.”

“Garden” was added to the name of the show this year, reflecting a growing interest in landscaping from the public and vendors, Krpan said.

She said attendance at the show has been going up in recent years.

“I think people are more optimistic about the economy and doing projects that maybe they were holding off on before.”

The Sun will distribute a Home Show guide with Saturday's newspaper.

Vendors include companies in home improvement, landscaping, remodeling, decorating, real estate, financial services, home electronics and energy conservation, among others.

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