The 39th annual West Michigan Home & Garden Show opened at DeVos Place today and runs through Sunday, March 4.
The show features 400 exhibits and over 300 local businesses varying from several cooking demonstrations, several nurseries and a Garden and Art Market.
This year’s theme is “great stories” which was incorporated into the landscape design competition.
One of the entries was the a book inspired landscape designed by Essex Outdoor Design.
“A few years ago they started to do garden themes and this year’s theme was great story,” said Owner of Essex Outdoor Design, Steve Essex. “So we decided to sit down and got a list of a couple of possible scenes from specific stories we thought about doing and we couldn’t decide on one so we decided to use books, multiple stories and built these books for our construction material.”
The design was created by several workers including Essex himself. The total cost of the project was an estimated $12,000, and including the manual labor the end cost will be $20,000. This is also the business’ 15th-year of being a part of the Home and Garden show at DeVos Place.
“Once we started thinking about it, okay, what can we build with books. I sort of wanted to do a contemporary style for the garden because the last few years it has been more of natural look,” Essex said. “So trying to think of how we could integrate some of the architecture that we wanted to show…and what we could use the books for as part of it.”
Most of the books were chosen from several Kent District Libraries along with a private donor who had several boxes to donate to this project. After the show, Essex will be donating these books to an organization who needs them.
Along with the garden exhibit there are several mattress suppliers, interior home installment businesses, tree services, water and air purification booths and other helpful booths to make sure your garden and household needs are taken cared of.
The Garden and Art Market includes some unique finds from local artisans to succulents for sale and bread makers.
Kim Meyers, owner of The Great Bread Company, can be found at booth 40 with over 65 varieties of homemade breads.
“My mom and dad started baking 25 years ago,” Meyers said. “My dad had a passion for baking and that passion was to bake bread.”
A passion that led Meyers to follow in her parents’ footsteps.
The Great Bread Company, located in Allendale, has over 100 varieties of bread including English muffin bread, Jewish rye bread, tomato basil and more.
As for Meyers’ favorite, there was a clear winner.
“Pesto Parmesan is my favorite.”
On Saturday, the show will be hosting a family fun day featuring several activities, crafts with MSU extension and seminars for families to participate in. There will be a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. located on the DeVos Place Skywalk and free admission for kids 14 and under at noon.
Be sure to come to the Home and Garden Show over the weekend and check out all the fun and creative ideas. For more information about the show click here.