2014 Home + Garden Show Preview

Here's what you can look forward to at this year's premier home and garden event, Feb. 26—March 2, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Nine American Landmarks at the Home + Garden Show
This year’s Home + Garden Show Feature Gardens theme is “Great American Landmarks.”

Nine Great American Landmarks in One Day

Take a journey across the United States while inside the Convention Center as you tour nine of our nation’s most celebrated landmarks—all imagined in bloom and green. This year’s Home + Garden Show Feature Gardens theme is “Great American Landmarks.” Nine Twin Cities landscape designers will stun you with their creative visions of our nation’s greatest attractions.

Look for the “Wish You Were Here!” photo opportunities. Snap a photo of yourself there and upload it to your favorite social media sites. Tag with the hashtag #MHGS14—it will be your own personal album of your trip through our great American landmarks, and you’ll be the envy of the Internet, too.

Twin Cities Live, Live at the Show

Be in the “studio audience” as Elizabeth Ries and Chris Egert broadcast live from the Lifestyle Stage on Thursday, February 27, at 3 pm. (Ries and Egert will host the 5 Eyewitness News Food Fight on Saturday, March 1, at 12 pm on the Ikea Kitchen Stage, too.)

$80,000 Home + Garden Makeover

Stop by the iHeartRadio listening lounge in Meeting Room 102, sponsored by Clear Channel, for some relaxation, music, and a chance to win an incredible $80,000 Home + Garden makeover. Imagine the possibilities . . .

Floating Lake Garden

Watch ancient gardening techniques at work in The Garden By the Woods’ floating hydroponic vegetable garden, located in the yard of the Idea Home. A floating dock holds the garden atop a water-soluble material that allows the plants to absorb water and allows minerals to flourish. No soil needed!

Grow a Garden in Straw Bales? It’s True.

Growing up on a Minnesota farm, Joel Karsten noticed that windborne seeds that landed in straw bales grew exceptionally well—often better than those in soil. Two books and an ongoing tour of speaking engagements later, he’s the leader in the national trend of straw-bale gardening.

“No weeds!” Karsten says. “But there are many more advantages, too. No rotor tillers, no hoe, no shovel, no rake, and no sore back. Anyone can do it, even in a parking lot.”

Leave almost all the tools in the garden shed and get a step-by-step tutorial on building a straw-bale garden. Minnesota native, expert straw-bale gardener, and noted author on the subject Joel Karsten will be appearing at the Show Friday through Sunday.

The Best of What’s New on Innovation Avenue

Last year it was robotic lawn mowers and thermometers that tell your phone when your meat’s done. What will “man on the Avenue” Sasha Andreev bring this year? Find out along Innovation Avenue, where the best new products of 2014 are showcased. And catch Innovation Avenue LIVE! on the Lifestyle Stage throughout the Show.


Earn a chance to win a fabulous RV trip giveaway, sponsored by the Star Tribune.