West Michigan Home and Garden Show
March 2-5, 2017
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Seminar Stage Headliners

Don Engebretson, The Renegade Gardener

Don Engebretson, The Renegade Gardener

Landscape designer and garden writer Don Engebretson, The Renegade Gardener™,
spent four seasons on HGTV and has served as landscaping consultant to the popular PBS television show HOMETIME. His articles on gardening have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines across the US, earning Don five national writing awards from the Garden Writers Association. A popular speaker at home and garden shows in the US and Canada, Don’s practical, humorous and insightful presentations are guaranteed to briskly (and sometimes brusquely) improve the knowledge and skills of gardeners at all levels.

Ellen Ecker Ogden, “The Complete Kitchen Garden”

Ellen Ecker Ogden, “The Complete Kitchen Garden”

Ellen Ecker Ogden is co-founder of The Cook’s Garden seed catalog, and author of five books on cooking and gardening, including From the Cooks Garden, The Vermont Cheese Book and The Complete Kitchen Garden featuring themed kitchen garden designs with recipes for cooks who love to garden.

Her kitchen garden designs have been featured in numerous magazines including Eating Well, Horticulture, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Country Gardens and Martha Stewart Living.

She has been a guest chef on PBS’s Victory Garden, and HGTV’s Garden Smarts as the “baroness of basil”.

J Schwanke, uBloom

J Schwanke, uBloom

J Schwanke’s love of Flowers began at birth during a Snowstorm at a State Flower Convention in Nebraska. J’s career grew and blossomed… as he joined his family’s Flower business: Green’s Greenhouses Inc. in 1976 and directed the Flower Shop and Garden Center operations starting in 1981. J is a member of the American Academy of Floriculture, the American Institute of Floral Designers, and the Professional Floral Communicators International and the National Speakers Association.

In 1994 J began an independent career as a flower design consultant, Flower Industry Spokesperson and the foremost Flower Design Expert in the American flower industry. As the HOST of the World’s First Web Broadcast Flower Design Show: JTV! Offering Flower Enthusiasts everywhere the opportunity to have FUN with Flowers and J all the time! J’s Passion for Flowers is far reaching and Infectious. He gives Flower demonstrations in every state in the Union, Canada, and throughout Europe. Critics, sponsors and Flower loving attendees agree J is one of the most sought after experts in the World of Flowers.

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Leslie Hart-Davidson, HDD Studios

Leslie Hart-Davidson, HDD Studios

Leslie Hart-Davidson is a nationally recognized professional interior designer, author, and owner of HDD Studios in Michigan. Leslie holds a B.A. in interior design and has nearly two decades of industry experience, but credits her family for the desire to enter the world of design. The Hart family practiced real estate flipping while she was a child, so her calling for home improvement came early.

Leslie lives and breathes interior design not only in her successful design business, but also through monthly live tv segments on WZZM’s My West Michigan. She has written two home improvement books full of snark and great content available on Amazon: Remodeling Your House without Killing Your Spouse in 2014 and her new release It’s Not Your Room, it’s You.

When she’s not busy presenting innovative seminar titles like “Thing or Not a Thing: The Best and Worst of Today’s Design Trends” or helping clients live better in their homes through good design, you can find her happily pinning to her designdemocracy Pinterest boards.  Leslie also launched her own Design Democracy YouTube Channel full of fantastic ideas to help you live better in your home.

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Chef Angus Campbell, Culinary Consultant

Chef Angus Campbell, Culinary Consultant

The Chef:

A City and Guilds Master Craftsmen, with 43 years of experience, Chef Angus Campbell was born and raised on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. Beginning his professional career, Chef Campbell worked at the Bahamas Hotel Training College where he became the Department Chair for their Culinary Arts Department before moving to Grand Rapids where he now teaches food production at the Hospitality Education Department at their acclaimed public restaurant ‘The Heritage.’ He has won medals at many levels of food competitions and is an accomplished junior culinary team coach. He recently produced a twelve part series on Italian and Scottish cuisine on location for WZZM TV13 and his production of a monthly cable TV show recently won a national bronze medal at the Paragon Awards. His years in the culinary field has taught him the importance of simple being best and allowing the food to speak for itself. Now, as he steps away from teaching, he continues to consult for local, national and international companies.


The Recipes:

This year, Chef Angus Campbell on the Standard Kitchens Cooking Stage sweetens up your prep around the house with his Michigan inspired creative delicious desserts. They are all designed to be crowd favorites at your next party. Recipe cards are available at each seminar, and include a recipe for each of four delectable creations – Salted Bourbon Maple Caramel Brownie with Pretzel Crust, Chocolate Religieuse with Lake Shore Peach Flambeed Glaze, Candied Creme Brûlée Parfait Cups with Michigan Cherry Compote and Grand Rapids Beeramisu with Coffee Vanilla Cream. Schedule below!

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Tommy Fitzgerald, Kitchen Sage

Tommy Fitzgerald, Kitchen Sage

Tommy’s recipes are stupidly simple by design, with creations that are surprisingly simple and quick, but with big taste to wow your palette!

Tommy lives in Grand Rapids, and among many other projects runs Kitchen Sage, a nonprofit whose core focus is to provide access to nutrition and culinary awareness to the community while making sure kids are fed, along with teaching culinary skills to high school students.

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