It doesn't matter how large or small the place you call home, with nearly 200 vendors you will find the ideas and help you need at the 2012 Regional Home & Garden Show.
The show, presented by the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities, runs Feb. 24-26 at TRAC in Pasco.
There is a diverse mix of vendors this year, definitely something for everyone, said Renee Dahlgren, director of government affairs, communications and the Built Green Program coordinator.
For adults, there will be a series of free home and garden seminars daily. Seminars typically begin on the hour. A complete list of the seminars and times will be published in a Home & Garden Show special section in the Herald on Feb. 24.
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Youngsters will have fun decorating hardhats at the Kidstruction Zone in the main hall, and Lowe's employees will have kid-centered clinics where they can build a basketball hoop or pet treat holders.
Once you have checked out the exhibitors in the main hall, be sure to cross the atrium and visit the landscaping and outdoors vendors.
"They always go all out. I know there's going to be three really big exhibits, two swimming pools and several smaller exhibits including some water features. It's amazing what they do with a dirt floor," Dahlgren said.
The Home & Garden Show also includes a standard flower show organized by members of the five clubs of the Blue Mountain District of the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs.
All gardeners are welcome to enter the horticulture division. Entries will be accepted from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Feb. 24 at TRAC. For more information on the flower show, call Patti Smith at 627-2347.
There is no charge to participate in or view the flower show.
Garden club members will be at the show to answer questions about the club and gardening in the Mid-Columbia.
Members of the Tri-City Rose Society also will be at the show with a display and to offer a free seminar.
Admission is $6 for adults and children ages 12 and under are free. Bring a nonperishable food item for the Salvation Army and get $1 off the admission price.
"The one-time admission is good all weekend, and parking is free," Dahlgren said. "There's also a free golf cart shuttle in the parking lot just in case you buy more than you can carry out to the car."
Hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26.
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