March 2-5, 2017
Seminar Stage Headliners
PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2016 Home & Garden Show. The 2017 Show details will be posted soon…
Peter Walsh, Organization Design Expert
An expert in organizational design, Peter Walsh is a television & radio personality as well as the author of numerous New York Times best-sellers. Peter’s aim is to help people live richer happier lives with a little more organization.
Born and raised in Australia, Peter moved to Los Angeles in 1994 with the idea of launching a company to help organizations improve employees’ job satisfaction and effectiveness. He has helped thousands of home owners and corporations organize their living and work spaces for optimal efficiency.
Peter was a regular guest for five seasons on The Oprah Winfrey Show where he was dubbed the “Get Your Life Organized Guy” which led to his own series, Extreme Clutter (formerly Enough Already!) on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Peter is now a regular monthly contributor (and occasional co-host) on The Rachael Ray Show. He’s also a regular contributor to Australia’s Network Ten’s series The Living Room.
Previously, Peter was the star of the popular organization and design series Clean Sweep on Discovery’s TLC Network. The series produced over 120 episodes and still runs throughout the world.
Peter is the author of six best-selling books on the subject of organizing: Lose The Clutter, Lose The Weight (Rodale), How to Organize (Just About) Everything; It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff (The New York Times reviewed him as “a genius”), Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?, Enough Already! Clearing Mental Clutter to Become the Best You, and Lighten Up!: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less. His books have been translated and published in 10 different languages.
Peter also recently released his first app entitled “Get Organized! Peter Walsh” (the app is available in the iTunes Store). A DVD version of IT’S ALL TOO MUCH is also available through his website and for streaming on YouTube. The DVD is one-hour in length and offers tips for getting every room of your home organized.
Ruth Clausen, Author “Essential Perennials”
Ruth Rogers Clausen, a horticulturist trained in England, has been living and working in United States for many years. Over her long career she has taught and lectured widely. Former horticulture editor for Country Living Gardener, she has written several books, including Perennials for American Gardens, co-authored with the late Nicolas H. Ekstrom. Others include Dreamscaping and 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants.
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.
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.
Chef Angus Campbell, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education
A City and Guilds Master Craftsmen, with over 29 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 currently teaches in the Culinary Arts program as Chef-Instructor in the Heritage Restaurant for lunch service.
Chef Campbell currently teaches at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. Along with a program for enrolled students, the department offers seminar-styled cooking classes annually to the general public through their GRCC Cooks Workshops (click the link for topics and registration information).
Also join Chef Campbell on his new show, Cooking with Angus, Sunday mornings on WZZM, as he takes two students on a culinary tour of Italy! More info at GRCC.edu/CookingWithAngus.
This year, Chef Campbell will be showing you how to make Fresh Pasta & Sauces! Recipe cards are available at each seminar, and include a recipe for Fresh Pasta on each card, and one of four sauces – Basil Spinach Almond Pesto, Butternut Squash Hazelnut Sage, Fresh Cherry Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Smoky Chili Sugo. Schedule below!
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.