5 must-see features at the 2018 B.C. Home + Garden Show

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      With over 425 exhibitors and appearances by HGTV Canada designer superstars such as Danielle Bryk, the B.C. Home + Garden Show is Vancouver’s one-stop function for everything home-improvement- and DIY–related.

      Below, find a roundup of top features at this year’s 47th annual event, which happens at B.C. Place from next Wednesday to Sunday (February 21 to 25).

      Main-stage stars

      Take in home-renovation and landscaping tips straight from the pros at the Main Stage, where celebrity builders and designers such as Backyard Builds’ Brian McCourt and Sarah Keenleyside, Home to Win’s Carson Arthur, and Love It or List It Vancouver’s Kenny Gemmill will all be on hand to dish their best advice for making the best of your home. Local names such as Sarah Gallop and Kathy Yuen are slated to make appearances too.

      Feature gardens

      It’s the exhibit that gives the B.C. Home + Garden Show its name: over 3,000 square feet of imaginative, immaculately groomed garden spaces that will rev up motivation and get your creative juices flowing when it comes to overhauling your own outdoor space. Design companies include Great Canadian Landscaping and No Limit Landscaping, which will be using everything from synthetic turf to succulents and blooms to craft the gardens of your wildest (or well-pruned) dreams.

      Cooking stage

      It’s not all greenery, tools, and paint chips at the B.C. Home + Garden Show. Brush up on your culinary game with a slew of seminars and live demonstrations at the Cooking Stage, where you can learn to perfect plant-based foods, traditional Italian baked goods, and more. Presenters include chef Kurtis Perry of Fable Kitchen and chef Ian Makris of the Greek by Anatoli, who will be preparing a porcini-cream tagliatelle and rustic Greek lamb chops, respectively.

      The great crate challenge

      Rudimentary wooden crates are reimagined as storage units, footstools, and chic bedside tables at this upcycling exhibit that tasks five local style bloggers with transforming the boxes using spray paint and a little elbow grease. Visitors will be able to see the creations up close, vote for their favourite entry, and enter a contest for their chance to take one home.

      Dining alfresco

      Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look ahead to warmer, sunnier days when having a drink outside won’t mean sporting a raincoat, water-resistant shoes, and an umbrella. Enter local designer Jamie Banfield’s Dining Alfresco display, which will showcase four outdoor-dining spaces that range from the contemporary to the masculine to the boho. Your only job? Deciding which look you’d like to emulate for the summer at home.

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