El Paso Home And Garden Show Delivers
Each fall for the last 9 years, the El Paso Convention Center has held a three day Home and Garden Show in partnership with the EL Paso Association of Builders to bring to the Southwestern community some of the most popular techniques and ideas in home design, utilization, and yard and garden landscaping. Come March, the Convention Center is transformed yet again to host their spring version, an event that will have been held for 17 years in 2017. If you find yourself in West Texas, New Mexico, or Arizona in the fall or spring, this is a show well worth checking out. Held the first weekend in October this year, over 80 vendors brought to El Paso an extensive Kid Zone that includes Master Gardener activities, make-and-take building activities, story time, and an adoption Pets Zone brought in by the local no-kill animal shelter.
Adult activities abounded as well on the Garden Stage where you could rest your feet and take part in seminars put on by local Master Gardeners over topics such as self-watering gardens, beneficial bugs, composting, and winter lawn care. Each season a new celebrity guest appears to share their own home, yard, and garden techniques for you to utilize in your own spaces. This fall the Celebrity Stage featured Chris Lambton, host of DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers”, and who also appears with his wife Peyton on HGTV’s “Going Yard”: a show where they transform backyards into something amazing at each house they visit. His lectures surrounded how to use simple techniques to transform your own yard, composting, water conservation, and sustainable gardening.
Most popular at this fall’s show was outdoor living spaces and lawn alternatives, and these booths were kept busy with a constant stream of visitors drawn to their professional set-up and helpful associates who were willing to take the time to answer questions. Growing in popularity is the concept of maximizing your living spaces, which includes the outdoor areas you have as well. Gone are the days of simple patios and picnic tables upon which a BBQ rested nearby; awning coverings, gazebos, and pergolas have grown in popularity as an elegant way to shade decks, lawns, or patios that include covered firepits and comfortable seating arrangements. A hot stop at the show this year was Stenner Custom Pergolas, a highly rated company that specializes in these eye-catching structures. Custom built to your need, the Stenner’s have been woodworking for over three generations and serve the greater area as experts in Pergola design.
Also gaining in popularity are synthetic lawn alternatives. Recently I wrote about artificial turf, and I was pleasantly surprised to both witness the use of it locally at a junior college, as well as the many options and textures available at the show. In both cases, the company who provided installation was SynLawn, a subsidiary of SynScapes of El Paso, LLC who serve the great West Texas and New Mexico areas. Synthetic lawns can be a great addition to your outdoor living areas, and once installed, can last for decades with proper care, and lower overall yard maintenance costs.
If you live within driving distance of El Paso, TX, this is a great show to attend if you are building a home, or looking to add some interest to existing spaces. Future show dates can be found online through Show Technology, and the Spring event is already scheduled for March 10-12, 2017.
Hope to see you there!