Top 10 Things to See at the Show

Feb 17, 2016, 20:53 PM
The 45th annual BC Home + Garden Show is set to take BC Place Stadium by storm this week from February 17-21, and we’ve rounded up the top 10 can’t-miss things to see at the home event of the season.

Chock-full of advice from Canadian experts in home, horticulture and landscaping, this year’s show will play host to big names in the home improvement industry, including HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler and Carson Arthur, DIY and lifestyle expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, and designer Amanda Forrest. Herewith, the top ten things to see at this year’s BC Home + Garden Show:

1. The Balanced Home
Home design is about so much more than trends and a sense of style. From furniture placement to tones, colours and textures, the way we perceive our environment has a massive impact on our day-to-day emotions. Discover how surroundings impact your mood in this multi-dimensional home by Kendall Ansell Interiors, built to explore the senses and offer inspiration with its balanced approach to design. Home, sweet home indeed.

2. The Vancouver Sun Gardeners’ School 
Growing apart from your garden plot? Rediscover your lost love for all things leafy with daily seminars from The Vancouver Sun gardening editor Steve Whysall and his team of gardening gurus, with topics ranging from urban gardens to edibles and everything in between. Dig in!

VCB Feature

3. Barkitecture
Doggy digs a bit dingy? You’re not the only one who deserves a home makeover - treat your dog to the ultimate new pad. Local designers Jamie Banfield, Karin Bohn, Jennifer Scott, Alison Kent, and Markella Mildenberger will try their hand at transforming a plain indoor dog house into a pampered pooch palace, all up for silent auction in support of the BCSPCA. 100% of proceeds raised will go towards rescuing, protecting and caring for the animals that need it most.

4. #SewandShow 
Get your DIY on at our free #SewAndShow feature booth. Sewing expert Denise Wild and her team of seam-stars will help you sew a quick, simple project. Take a selfie with your project in front of the booth's social backdrop to show off your accomplishment. You = DIY master!

5. Ultimate Upcycle Challenge: Planted
Place your silent auction bid on 10 truly unique garden planters created by the city’s top media and style influencers, including Christie Lohr of Style Nine to Five, Meagan Faye of, and Julia Dilworth of Western Living, using rescued items from ReStore Vancouver and supplies provided by Rust-Oleum Consumer Brands Canada. With 100% of proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, your contribution will help provide local families with a safe, affordable place to live – something everyone deserves.


6. Autograph Signings with HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler
Meet the Canadian host of HGTV series including Disaster DIY, Leave it to Bryan, House of Bryan, and Canada’s Handyman Challenge in person and take a quick selfie, grab an autograph and ask your burning home improvement questions in two minutes or less. When: Friday, Feb. 19 at 7PM & Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2PM

Bryan Baeumler

Where: Baeumler Approved Booth #1416

7. Battle of the Brewmasters
Ready, set, BBQ! Catch Big Rock Urban Brewery and Steel Toad as they go head-to-head in a burger and beer cook-off for the ages on opening night. Grill lovers, be sure to stay until the best brewmaster wins - you could win one of two brand-new barbecues, courtesy of Napoleon Grills and The Kerrisdale Lumber Co. Patio party, anyone?
When: Wednesday, February 17 at 6PM
Where: The Cooking Stage

8. Meet the Makers
Slow living is far from slow moving, and these makers are here to stay. We’ve lined up the city’s best foraging, preserving and home-making specialists including Sarah Stewart of Juniper, Natalie Ferrari-Morton of East Van Jam, and Emma Davison of Golden Ears Cheese. Meet the makers at the show, and learn their tips on conservation and sustainability paired with delicious homemade results. Now that’s worth the wait.
When: Click here for schedule
Where: The Cooking Stage

9. Westcoast Smart Home
Our fair province’s very own Trinity Post & Panel Inc. is paving the way for a new and innovative approach to constructing residential and vacation homes. Case in point: the Westcoast Smart Home, an 1120-square foot recreational beauty featuring modern post and beam construction, reduced construction time, and the highest energy efficiency in the business. Talk about the best of both worlds.

10. Carson Arthur on the BC Hydro Main Stage
Network television’s last gardening and landscaping superstar Carson Arthur makes his BC Home + Garden Show debut! Catch the host of HGTV’s upcoming new series Home to Win on the BC Hydro Main Stage, presenting “The Top 5 Places to Renovate Outdoors” and “TV Gardening Shows...on the Endangered List.”


When: Saturday, February 20, 3PM, Saturday, February 20, 7PM, and  Sunday, February 21, 12PM
Where: BC Hydro Main Stage

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FEBRUARY 17-21, 2016.