Home & Garden

Find answers at Pasco's Regional Home & Garden show

PASCO -- Is your home decor stuck in the last century? Are your kitchen appliances on their last legs? Does your landscaping need some sprucing up?

Head for the 2009 Regional Home and Garden Show where you'll be sure to find just what you need, even if it's just ideas.

The 21st annual show -- presented by the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities -- opens at 11 a.m. Friday at TRAC in Pasco.

The Tri-City show is one of the largest home and garden shows in the state, drawing more than 10,000 visitors each year from all over the Mid-Columbia and even Spokane and Yakima.

The building will be packed with vendors offering products and materials for inside, outside and all around the home. There will be landscapers and nurseries, spa and pool companies and garden centers showing off the latest lawn mowers and tillers.

In recent years there's been a lot of interest from the public and contractors in building green -- creating energy efficient, environmentally friendly -- homes and landscaping. You'll find the latest information on green building and landscaping at the show plus companies selling solar and other energy-efficient systems.

The Tri-City show separates itself from other home and garden shows because of TRAC itself. The arena's dirt floor makes it possible for landscaping and pool companies to create magnificently landscaped displays. Some exhibits even look like full backyards, complete with ponds, spas and pools.

Don't miss the free seminars. Topics range from home improvement to landscaping to new products for house and garden.

The show runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22.

Admission is $6 for adults and kids 12 and under are free. Take a nonperishable food item to donate to the Salvation Army and you'll receive a dollar off admission.

* Loretto J. Hulse: 509-582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com.