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Home & Flower Show brings ideas to Akron

2/16/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

The EcoLiving Experience at the Home & Flower Show once again will feature information on raising chickens, shown above, and other “green” topics. Colorful landscape displays like the one below also will be featured.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Ideas for home and garden will be in bloom at the 18th annual Home Builders Association Serving Portage and Summit Counties’ Home & Flower Show.

The event will bring the latest ideas in home improvement to the John S. Knight Center Feb. 24-26.

Show chairperson Jeff Naragon said many of the show’s features from last year will be returning, in addition to some new ones.

“Something new we’re doing is putting a focus on universal design,” Naragon said. “It’s going to showcase displays and services that will make your home easier to live in and more efficient.”

Universal design concepts make it easy for a homeowner to stay in their home over the years with features like a residential elevator, Naragon said. The ideas presented at the show can be done for someone considering a remodel or new construction, he added.

This year’s show once again will feature a focus on “green” living at the EcoLiving Experience. Vendors and organizations here will offer ideas and information on local foods, aquaponics, hydroponics, home energy assessments and more, Naragon said.

Syndicated radio host Mike McGrath is among those who will speak on gardening topics.
Photos courtesy of Home Builders  Association Serving Portage and Summit Counties
This year’s 7,000 square feet of feature gardens will include displays from four local landscaping companies that will show new trends and ideas in outdoor living.

Special guests at this year’s show will be the Duct Tape Guys and gardening expert Mike McGrath. The Duct Tape Guys — Tim Nyberg and Jim Berg — are the authors of several books documenting the uses of duct tape. They will bring their humor to the Main Stage Feb. 24 at 3 and 5 p.m., Feb. 25 at 1 and 4 p.m. and Feb. 26 at noon and 2 p.m.

In conjunction with their appearance, the Duck brand of duct tape will donate tape for students in local schools to use for the Habitat for Humanity of Summit County Duct Tape House Contest. According to organizers, among those participating will be three teams from Firestone High School and one team from Buchtel and Hoban high schools, in addition to a team made up  of a Habitat for Humanity partner family.

McGrath, who is the host of syndicated radio show “You Bet Your Garden” and a former editor for Organic Gardening magazine, will offer his advice on the Main Stage Feb. 25 at 2 and 5 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 1 and 3 p.m. Organizers expect McGrath to present information on topics such as composting and chemical-free lawn care.

The Main Stage also will feature segments on cooking and dog training. A schedule is available at www.akronhome andflowershow.com.

Those who attend also can visit with about 175 vendors who will be on hand with their services and information on a range of home improvement and gardening areas.

The WONE Outdoor Equipment Giveaway will take place, allowing one winner to take home a collection of lawn and garden equipment, including a 28-inch rear-engine Snapper riding lawn mower from Akron Tractor & Equipment. In addition, on Feb. 24, WAKR will give away two seats on a bus trip to Presque Isle Downs and Casino with $25 in free slot play.

Advance tickets are available at the website for $7. Discount coupons also are available at Pettiti Garden Center locations in the area and on the show website. Admission at the door is $8 for adults and free for children 12 and younger.

The show will be open Feb. 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is free in downtown lots after 6 p.m. Feb. 24 and throughout the weekend. The John S. Knight Center is located at 77 E. Mill St.

For additional details, call 330-869-6800.

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