Saturday Feb 11th-Sunday Feb 19th
Hours: Mon to Fri – 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Price: $12 general admission, $10 seniors, kids 12 and under are free
The annual Colorado Garden and Home Show is celebrating 53 years in 2012. The largest show if its kind in the region, the spectacular nine-day event giving bloom to outdoor creativity and in-home styling. From breathtaking floral installations to vendors showing the newest technologies in horticulture and bringing the best to gardens throughout Colorado, the event is a highlight of the Denver annual calendar at the Colorado Convention Center and is the largest and best-attended event at the venue.
Instillation florist for Garden and Home Show
1525 15th St
Denver, CO 80202
With three locations in Colorado, (Denver, Centennial and Beaver Creek) Bouquets is undeniably a powerhouse of the floral industry. Creating fascinating floral installations, alongside 5 other florists, Bouquets pulls out all the stops during the show. Previous years have included a piece entitled “Birds Caged,” a 7-foot, 500-birds-of-paradise living sculpture. For an ice-themed year, glass columns and stunning flowers wowed crowds. This year, the “Butterflies and Balloons” theme is sure to bring out the inspired creativity of this favorite florist. Capitalizing on their artistic approach and show-stopping showpieces, Bouquets is always a forerunner for the event’s wow factor.
Artistic Glass Expressions
1401 S. Sheridan
Lakewood, CO 80232
Artistic Glass Expressions is a vendor of the Garden and Home Show melding the charm of old world traditional stained glass with warm contemporary pieces. Capturing the light in their stunning works, the corner booth is well worth a peek.
Grizzly Creek Water Designs
16147 E. El Dorado Place
Aurora, CO 80013
Whether looking to build Niagara in your back yard or a trickling fountain indoors, Grizzly Creek Water Designs is master of all things H2O. The spectacular work of this vendor includes water features, fire pits and fireplaces, indoor waterfalls and landscaping design. The Colorado native, owner Jeff Hanson, is eager to share his passion with visitors. Be forewarned, you may be leaving the show with a new water project in mind.
Free Educational Seminars
End of Aisle 1200
From home improvement how-to’s to getting that green thumb, the free educational seminars cover a wide variety of topics. Topics such as remodeling tips from a designer, window treatments 101, and color for 2012 will be presented by the Colorado Association of Interior Designers to get the creative juices flowing. Alpine Gardens offers tips and tricks in lighting your garden, xeriscape for Colorado, as well as landscape remodel. Attendees can even learn how to pad their pocketbooks with DBC irrigation’s tips on ways to save water with smart irrigation controllers and outdoor living. A full schedule of presentations is available at www.gardeningcolorado.com under the theater schedule tab.
Playhouses by Alpine Lumber
Throughout the exhibition
This year begins a new tradition at the Colorado Garden and Home Show in conjunction with Alpine Lumber and six Denver area home builders. The custom-built playhouses are valued at $5,000 each and will be on display in featured gardens at the show. Visitors can register to win one of three playhouses, which are then delivered to the lucky winner’s home after the show. The 8’ x 10’ homes will be the talk of the neighborhood for those lucky enough to receive them.
CBS Denver Insider tips: A free Colorado Garden and Home show shuttle will be bringing guests from Coors Field, where parking is available for $5. A great alternative to downtown parking, the shuttle will keep visitors toasty and wallets full. Whether thrilled about wildflowers or tickled by tropicals, a camera and pad of paper are great things to bring to jot down your own ideas and take the names of specific vendors with you.
Related: Best wildflower viewing in Colorado.
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