Spring is just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to make some changes. And you can start from the inside out – with your home.
The Calgary Home and Garden Show is coming up on March 1, and there’s no better place to get inspired. Whether you’re considering downsizing to a tiny home, working retro revival design into your home, or if you simply want to browse vendor stalls and enjoy a glass of wine, the show has something you’ll love.
It’s the 37th annual event and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever, with more than 650 local vendors, as well as celebrity home and landscaping experts. And since the event attracts more than 60,000 visitors every spring, you’ll be in good company.
With that being said, here are the top five must-see features of the Calgary Home + Garden Show that you can check out at the BMO Centre & Corral from March 1 to 4.
If you’re seeking sweet relief on a home improvement project, look no further than Canada’s most popular designers, gardeners, and home improvement specialists on the Urban Barn Home + Garden Stage. Celebrity presenters include HGTV Canada’s Love It or List It Vancouver star Todd Talbot; Home to Win star Tiffany Pratt; Carson Arthur, presented by Lee Valley Tools; and DIY and lifestyle expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault who will be joined by a line-up of local favourites to deliver insight to up your home and garden game.
You don’t want to miss appearances by Alberta-based home and garden experts Janet Melrose, ‘Calgary’s Cottage Gardener’, Donna Balzer, author of No Guff Vegetable Gardening, gardening expert Chelsie Anderson, and designer Rosalyn Lazaruk of Wicket Blue Interiors.
Visit the Tiny Home Village at the Calgary Home + Garden Show to be inspired by small but mighty and beautifully designed mobile homes. There’s going to be homes featured by industry-leading Calgary-based builders Blackbird Tiny Homes, Teacup Tiny Homes, ZeroSquared, and Big Hearts Tiny Homes. Who knows, you may even start dreaming of downsizing when you see how sensational these upscale homes are in real life.
Are you mesmerized by the chic coolness of past decades? Well, whether you’re a sixties flower child at heart or still rocking an 80’s perm, Rosalyn Lazaruk of Wicket Blue Interiors can show you how to update your space with retro vibes, all while maintaining a modern feel. You’ll learn how to combine retro graphic patterns, colours, textures, and decor in a fresh way. Plus, you’ll gain inspiration, tips, and tricks on how you can renew a space in your home, all while incorporating beautiful elements of the past.
Sanctuary in the City
You don’t need to have a massive garden in order to create your own urban retreat. In fact, by visiting this featured exhibit by Wicket Blue Interiors, you’ll find out how you can bring your own retreat to life, regardless of your design personality. Get inspired to create a serene outdoor escape and learn how to make the most of your balcony space using plants, furniture, lighting, and décor.
Space to Unwind
If you’re spending the day at the Calgary Home + Garden Show you’ll want to take some time out to relax – and you can. Stop by the Canadiana Wine Lounge and Backyard Party to warm up and chow down. Choose from a plethora of all-Canadian wines, cheeses, and bites, sit back and relax with the newest issue of Western Living in hand. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to stay for one or two.
More of a beer lover? No problem. There’s an indoor beer garden/patio party happening at the show where you can grab a bite and open a cold one after playing a game of giant checkers, snakes and ladders, or foam horseshoe. Kick back, check out the latest in landscaping and get inspired for your own outdoor festivities while you sip from a wide variety of local and international brews.
When: March 1 to 4
- Thursday, March 1: Noon to 9 pm
- Friday, March 2: Noon to 9 pm
- Saturday, March 3: 10 am to 9 pm
- Sunday, March 4: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: BMO Centre & Corral, Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way South East
Price: $16 adults (at box office), $13 adults (online), $10 for seniors (online) – Tickets available via Calgary Home + Garden Show