Friday, March 9, 2012

Michigan Home & Garden Show

The Michigan Home & Garden Show brings an abundance of ideas for homeowners’ landscaping, gardening, home improvement and energy-efficiency projects at the Pontiac Silverdome, March 9-11
“All the major home product categories from heating and cooling, kitchens and baths, windows and doors to room additions, siding, closets, vacuums, appliances, fixtures, furnishings, landscaping and decorative accessories are represented,” said Mike Wilbraham, show producer of ShowSpan Inc. of Grand Rapids. “There truly is something for everyone, whether they are interested in new homes, green living, remodeling or maintenance.
Twiggy, The Water Skiing Squirrel, sporting a life jacket and water skis and pulled by a remote-controlled boat in a custom-made swimming pool, as seen on ESPN, “Good Morning America” and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” will entertain and teach the importance of life jackets and safety on the water.
Author Joey Green will present strange but useful household tips during his “Wacky Uses for Brand Name Products” such as polishing furniture with Spam, removing carpet stains with Pampers and cleaning diamond rings with Efferdent as seen on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Good Morning America” and “The View.”
Outdoor living space will be shown in professionally landscaped gardens and landscapes with blooming annuals and perennials, reflecting ponds, waterfalls, fountains, brick walkways, decks and patios created by area landscapers.
Michigan Garden Clubs Inc., members of the National Garden Clubs Inc., will display a flower invitational exhibition of floral design themed “Memories of the Past Forging into the Future.”
Free educational seminars and how-to demonstrations for new ideas and instruction led by gardening, interior design, home improvement and cooking experts will be on the Food, Home and Garden Stages. Chefs will cook and provide recipe cards on the Food Stage. America’s Master Handyman and WJR radio host Glenn Haege will be among the experts covering design, home improvement and energy on the Home Stage. Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association experts will conduct the seminars on the Garden Stage. Children will have the opportunity to climb on inflatables and a portable climbing tower at the Cran-Hill Family Zone.
Decorative home accessories, Michigan landscape and nature photography and food products will be available for purchase at the Garden & Art Market.
Homeowners can compare products and services and find professionals for landscaping, building, remodeling, do-it-yourself and home decorating projects. Experts will be on hand to provide tips, advice and knowledge on home renovations, improvement, maintenance, environmentally friendly living, gardening and landscaping.
The Pontiac Silverdome is at 1200 Featherstone Road, north of M-59 and west of Opdyke Road in Pontiac. Show hours are from noon to 9 p.m. March 9; 10 a.m. to  9 p.m. March 10 and 10 a.m. to  6 p.m. March 11. Admission is $10, $5 for children 6-14 and children 5 and under admitted free. Discount coupons for $2 off Friday or Sunday adult admission are available at show’s website and participating Wendy’s restaurants. Advance tickets are available online at Family Day is Saturday with free admission until noon for children 14 and under and special activities and demonstrations. On-site parking is available for $5. Follow the show at and become a fan on Facebook at
For more information, visit or call 1-800-328-6550.


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