March 1-4, 2018Buy Tickets
Features & Attractions
Proven Winners® National Plants of the Year
Saturday is Family Day!
With kids in free till noon, a pancake breakfast from 9am-11am and special events through the morning and afternoon, Saturday is the day Families LOVE at the Home & Garden Show!
Schedule of Activities:
|10am-12pm||FREE Kids Admission!|
|10am||Plant a Pansy (while supplies last)||Garden A|
|10am||Veggie & Herb Seed Starting with MSU Extension (while supplies last)||Garden To Table Stage|
|10:30am-11:15am||Oatmeal Chip Cookie in a Jar with Chef Angus Campbell||Cooking Stage|
|11am-12pm||Make a Bouquet with the Michigan Floral Association||MFA Flower Shop|
|11am-12pm||LIVE Birds of Prey Presentation with Blandford Nature Center||Home Stage|
|11am-12pm||Gardening with Mr. MecGregor with Ian Warnock||Proven Winners Garden Stage|
|1pm-2pm||LIVE Birds of Prey Presentation with Blandford Nature Center||Home Stage|
PLUS activities all day with Grace Adventures, performances by the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and an appearance by Crash from the West Michigan Whitecaps
“Great Stories” Theme & Garden Design Competition
This year, all eleven spectacular gardens will be designed to the theme “Great Stories”. Each of our wonderful designers will interpret that theme and incorporate it into their design.
The gardens will be competing in three categories – Peer Vote, where one lucky landscape designer will win the Golden Shovel for impressing their fellow designers, Professional Vote, where local designers and professionals will judge the designs based on several criteria, and a Public Vote, which is where YOU come in!
Vote for your favorite design at the show for your chance to win a one year membership to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park!
The Garden & Art Market
A featured shopping section of the West Michigan Home & Garden Show with booths of unique and inspired garden accessories, plants, decor, art and gifts from the finest West Michigan nursery greenhouses, artists and gift boutiques. Stroll through the Grand Gallery Meeting rooms for the perfect piece of art for your home and essential accessories for your garden!
Grand Gallery Garden Path
As you walk through the Grand Gallery, walk the Grand Gallery Garden Path to draw inspiration from the show’s garden center and landscaper designed pocket gardens!
uBloom Flower Power Challenge!
Feature Center Garden
The Association of Grand Rapids Landscape Professionals once again design and build a beautiful Center Garden. This collection of Grand Rapids’ finest Landscapers will show you how it’s done!
Michigan Floral Association Events
Flower Shop – Stop by the Retail Flower Shop at the back of the Grand Gallery for an opportunity to purchase fresh cut flowers and floral arrangements designed by Michigan Florist. Stop in….Smells are Free! !
Annual Design Contest – The Michigan Floral Association’s Design Contest is one of the most prestigious contests in the nation. Design Contest entries will be on display for view in the Secchia Foyer on Saturday and Sunday.
Family Day Project – On Family Day, Saturday, kids can pair up with a Professional Floral Designer to make a flower arrangement to take home for free!
Spontaneous Design Contest – The MFA will host two pop-up competitions during the show (time/location TBD). All contestants will be given identical flowers and hard goods items to create the designs onsite and unprepared!
The Michigan Floral Association is a full-service trade organization representing more than 500 florists, growers, wholesalers and Certified Florists statewide. Located in Haslett, MI, MFA offers group savings on insurance, financial services, retail bank card processing & supplies, office supplies, and fleet fueling; is the sponsor of the Certified Florist (CF) program; creates and hosts the Great Lakes Floral Expo annually; conducts educational seminars though out the year at the association headquarters; publishes the Professional Florist magazine; hosts the MFA web site, and interacts with state / federal government agencies.
To find a professional Florist near you visit www.michiganfloral.org and click on the Find A Local MI Florist tab in the top menu bar
Smart Gardening Conference
This annual event for all gardeners, expert to novice, is sponsored by the Kent County MSU Extension:
Warm up your winter at this year’s Smart Gardening Conference in Grand Rapids! It is going to be jam packed with excellent presenters! Featured speaker, Paul Zammit, Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanic Gardens kicks the event off with a scintillating look at plants and combinations that will make your heart palpitate!
This year’s conference emphasis is “Smart Plants” so you will be sure to get your fill of fantastic annuals and perennials too! We are also going to get “down and dirty” while exploring what we can do to enhance our garden’s soil health.
New this year! A silent auction, compliments of West Michigan’s commercial garden community will ensure scholarship dollars are available for next year’s conference. Winning bidders will be able to pick up their items at the close of the event.
Everyone looks forward to the complimentary gift bag, which will feature not only an exquisite perennial, but also a soft cover book entitled “Michigan Butterflies and Skippers”. Your conference registration will provide free access to the West Michigan Home and Garden Show all weekend long!
Click Here for more details about this fun and exciting conference! We hope you can join us!