HGTV’s Carson Arthur, others offer landscaping tips at Ottawa Home and Garden Show March 25 to 28 2016
With winter gone at last and the arrival of spring, (after this last blast of winter- starting tonight March 23) we can finally look forward to warmer temperatures and the chance to spend time enjoying our lawns, gardens and patios over the summer months.
It’s a time when many of us are starting to think about landscaping and gardening improvements to add some colour and wow factor to our outdoor spaces and also add value to our homes if we are thinking of selling.
If you’re looking for a few ideas for your property, whether you have a big lot and extensive gardens or simply a condo patio to decorate, one good place to get a few ideas is the Ottawa Home and Garden Show, presented Friday, March 25 to Monday, March 28 at the EY Centre on Uplands Drive, near Ottawa International Airport.
The show will feature displays on home construction, renovation and landscaping by dozens of companies, as well as a 30,000 square-foot hall featuring 11 different gardens to give you some inspiration.
The show will also feature talks each day by guest speakers who have expertise in landscaping and other home-related topics. So it’s great timing for spring and summer, when we’re looking for ideas on how we can spruce up our properties.
If you are thinking of selling your home over the busy spring-summer season, this could be a great source for a few simple ideas for improving the impact of your outdoor space.
Keep in mind that when potential buyers visit your home, the first impression is based on what your property looks like on the outside, before they’ve even opened the doors. So an attractively landscaped lot or even just some planters and hanging baskets filled with flowers can make a big difference in the impression you make with buyers.
Speakers at the show include Carson Arthur, host of several landscaping programs on HGTV, including the programs Green Force, Critical Listing and Home to Win.
Carson’s presentations at the Ottawa show include a talk March 26 at 1:30 p.m. and March 27 at 11:30 a.m. on what he sees as the top five renovations you can make to the exterior of your home. Carson says these exterior improvements are also among the top investments you can make in your property.
Other speakers at this year's show include:
- Welwyn Wong of Ottawa’s Welwyn Wong Landscape Design. Welwyn will give a talk Saturday March 26 at 10:30 a.m. on our obsession with perfect green lawns and some tips and tricks on creating a beautiful landscape without the familiar lawn.
- Ed Hansen, founder of Hansen Lawn and Gardens. Ed will talk March 26 at noon on the value of landscaping in your home investment.
- Rebecca Last, a lifelong Ottawa gardener and member of Master Gardeners of Ottawa- Carleton. Rebecca will talk about the concept of our gardens as mini ecosystems.
- Etienne Dupuy of CertaPro Painters, who will talk about tips for deck preparation, staining and maintenance and painting your exterior siding. Etienne’s talks are March 25 nd 28 at 1 p.m.
- Ottawa landscaper Laura Moses, who will give a talk on how to create some creative and high-impact flower pots, a great idea for those who might have only a condo patio or balcony to decorate. Laura will present her talk March 25 at 4 p.m.
- Ottawa carpenter Casey Grey, owner of Cornelis Grey Construction Inc. Casey will talk March 28 at 4 p.m. about environmentally conscious strategies for building or renovating your home.
If you’re considering buying a property or selling your home over the coming busy spring-summer season, I’d love to hear from you and would be happy to chat with you about the current Ottawa market. You can reach me through my website at www.nancybenson.com or give me a call at 613-747-4747.
For more information and details on the Ottawa Home and Garden Show, including the complete list of guest speakers and the times they will be speaking, visit http://ottawahomeshow.com/ or call 613-667-0509. You can also order tickets on the website. Hours of the show are March 25 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; March 26 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; March 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and March 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.