Novi Home & Garden Show to kick off spring improvement season

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published March 29, 2017

 Natural rocks are becoming more popular in landscaping, as seen here coupled with flowers and a grill.

Natural rocks are becoming more popular in landscaping, as seen here coupled with flowers and a grill.

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NOVI — In preparation for the end of hibernation and the awakening of growing things, the Novi Home & Garden Show will return to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi March 31-April 2.

The 20,000-square-foot showroom will transform into a living space complete with 30-foot trees, the smell of mulch and all types of home appliances on display. Vendors will share the newest landscaping ideas, materials and products.

“There will be pretty much anything and everything that homeowners or potential homeowners might need to find when looking to hire somebody for a professional service, to remodel or even to build homes,” said Mike Stoskopf, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Southeast Michigan.

Along with 20 landscapers with 40-by-40-foot displays, the three-day show will include hundreds of exhibitors who set up displays of products and appliances.

“They typically feature the newest cool thing,” Stoskopf said. “When you walk in the door, it looks like you’re looking through a forest. It’s not just trees — there’s patios, waterfalls and fountains, fireplaces and fire pits. It’s really cool.”

Gretchen Monette, the show’s public relations specialist, said some Michigan-based entrepreneurs will be bringing new and improved items, such as an alternative to a wheelbarrow; a rain curtain water feature; and a portable, raised planting bed ideal for those in apartments, condos or who use wheelchairs.

“One of the things we’ve noticed is a lot of people are feeling more comfortable spending money on home projects,” Monette said. “Coming to one of these shows can help give you some ideas or help narrow down what you need to do. You can find that exact person or business to help you see your vision through.”

Aaron Kalmar, owner of Aaron C. Kalmar Custom Landscaping and Design, won the Novi Home & Garden Show Most Creative Landscaper award last year and will return to the show this year.

Kalmar emphasized the importance of having a balance of native plants that can withstand the often unpredictable and drastic Michigan weather changes with cultivar plants that add more color to landscaping.

“We do a 70-30 mix. That way, you’re not looking at a bunch of burlap through the winter,” Kalmar said. “This year, we didn’t have a lot of snow cover, which is tough on root systems, and native plants handle that a whole lot better than cultivar.”

Another trend in landscaping, he said, is dwarf versions of existing species, like hydrangeas and hostas, which many people like because they require less pruning and maintenance.

Speakers from the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association will give informational talks about outdoor entertaining, yard care and landscaping. The talks will take place on the Plant Michigan Green Seminar Stage.

Show hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $10 for people ages 13 and older, $9 for seniors ages 55 and older, and is free to children ages 12 and younger. On Friday and Saturday, admission costs $5 after 5 p.m. Parking is not included in the ticket price.

The Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. For more information about the Novi Home & Garden Show, advance tickets and coupons, visit www.novihomeshow.com.

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