2016 show media information.

Welcome to the 35th annual Calgary Home + Garden Show! 

With the start of a new year comes new beginnings, and we’re thrilled to ring in 2016 with a slew celebrity guests and local talent. We’re celebrating the year with real advice, real inspiration and real experts to make your dreams for your home a reality. 

It all starts with landscaping expert Carson Arthur, star of HGTV’s brand-new series Home to Win, master craftsman André Chevigny of HGTV’s Timber Kings, lifestyle expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, along with Calgary’s top gardeners and design experts, covering everything from home decor to renovations, curb appeal and more. 

From there, shop and consult more than 650 exhibitors and local vendors, all under one roof. Don’t miss the always-popular Ask an Expert booth, where you’ll have direct access to leading designers, landscapers and contractors for a free 10-minute, drop-in consultation – come prepared with paint swatches, flooring samples and an open mind to get the best tips for your time. 

There’s something for everyone (and every home) at the Calgary Home + Garden Show. Prepare yourself for five days of inspiration and home improvement magic - this is your time to kick 2016 off on the right foot! Satisfaction is guaranteed, or the cost of admission is on us. 

We can’t wait to see you there. 

Jenn Tait, Assistant Show Manager

Top Features 

Ask an Expert

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Desperate for design guidance, renovation tips and landscape? Get your home style sorted in 10 minutes or less with a complimentary consultation from local professionals, with an interior decorating expert, a professional landscaper and a certified contractor. Come prepared with paint swatches, flooring samples and an open mind to get the best tips for your time.

Help Desk

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Need some help finding your way around the show? Want to know what time your favourite stage presenter is on at or looking for some good eats at the show? Chat with an expert at the Help Desk located by the Hall B entrance or the breezeway between Hall C & D.

Toyota Test Drives

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Have you seen the 2016 lineup of Toyota vehicles? Come test drive the All-New 2016 Tacoma, as well as a selection of other great models at this year’s Calgary Home + Garden Show. Once you’re done taking a ride, be sure to enter to win a trip for four to tour the East Coast!  Stop by and check out the Toyota main display for more details.

Revolve Home

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Think sexy. Be rebellious. Redefine modern. Revolve Furnishings makes dream homes come true with a modern 1,000 square foot stunner, featuring jaw-dropping modern fixtures, furniture, accessories, and lighting design. Don’t miss the adjacent garage from Gladiator® GarageWorks, proving that dream homes exist for your vehicle, too.

Beer Gardens

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His & hers… sheds? Think about it: a grown-up version of the playhouse you had in your backyard as a kid, with beer! Head to the Beer Gardens, grab a brew (or two) and check out two ultra-cool sheds. With a wide variety of local and international brews to sip and two different sheds to choose from, including 'he shed' and 'she shed' themed storage sanctuaries, you'll have plenty of inspiration to help you get the conversation (and your next shed) just right.


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Great ideas take shape in the presence of comfort, inspiration – and a little liquid courage. Designed by David Crosson Design Collective, this year’s FLOFORM Lounge presented by Western Living is the place to snag a break from the action, take inspiration from your stylish surroundings, and toast to making those home improvements happen.

Food Truck ​Eatery

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Foodies take note! YYC’s favourite rolling restaurants are making a pit stop. Score top-notch eats from the king’s of Calgary’s latest food craze, including Fiasco Gelato. Follow the scent of sweet and savoury goodness just outside the Corral to get your fix, then take a seat in the Food Truck Lounge to dig in and enjoy.

Ultimate Upcycle Challenge: Planted

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Great ideas are taking root for a cause! Place your silent auction bid on 10 truly unique garden planters created by ten of the city’s top media, lifestyle and design personalities using rescued items from ReStore Calgary and supplies provided by Rust-Oleum Consumer Brands Canada. With 100% of proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta, your contribution will help provide local families with a safe, affordable place to live – something everyone deserves.

Flower Market

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There’s no better (or easier) way to perk up a space than with fresh-cut flowers, especially in the winter months. Pop by the Flower Market to pick up the season’s most beautiful bloom arranged by Amborella Floral Studio, or take an impromptu floral arranging workshop and harness your flower power to make stunning do-it-yourself designs.

Repurposed Gardens

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Green thumbs, don’t stop at typical planters and pots – there’s plenty of creativity to put to use when it comes to landscaping. Go green times two by learning how to plant luscious plots while turning household objects and everyday items into garden structures and abstract works of art. It’s upcycling at its greenest!

Living Green Workshops

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Got the Alberta winter blues? Bring a touch of spring into your home and get your hands (just a little) dirty making your own trendy terrarium or shadow box planter. The experts from Blue Grass Garden Centre will demonstrate how to build your very own indoor garden with compatible plants and materials from start to finish. Register for a workshop in the Corral and you'll get first-hand instruction while making your very own terrarium!

Meet The Experts 

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Carson Arthur, Landscape Designer and Host of HGTV’s Critical Listing, Green Force, Room to Grow and Home To Win (2016) 

As the star of HGTV Canada’s new series, Home to Win, Carson Arthur is an international landscape designer focused on environmentally friendly design, and teaches homeowners how to raise the value of their homes through outdoor renovations. Carson also writes a column for the Halifax Chronicle Herald and the Sun Media Group, and is the author of the sold out book Garden Designs for Outdoor Living. In 2015, Carson became the spokesperson for Canadian Tire’s latest initiative – Canvas, a complete line of outdoor furniture and accessories. 

See him on the Home + Garden Stage

​Top 5 Places to Renovate Outdoors
Saturday, February 27, 2:30PM
Sunday, February 28, Noon

TV Gardening Shows...on the Endangered List?
Saturday, February 27, 6:00PM


André Chevigny, General Manager, Pioneer Log Homes of B.C. 

The star of HGTV’s Timber Kings, André Chevigny oversees the operations of Pioneer Log Homes of British Columbia. Pioneer Log Homes of BC custom builds unique log homes in Williams Lake, BC for clients around the globe. Each one is handcrafted on site, taken apart and shipped around the world and reconstructed in place. His devotion to the natural elements and passion for building beautiful log home is apparent in each piece of work. 

See him on the Home + Garden Stage

Building for Generations
Friday, February 26, 6PM
Saturday, February 27, Noon

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Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, ​DIY & Lifestyle Expert

As a colour & design aficionado, lifestyle expert, and DIY doyenne, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault has spent years crafting a unique philosophy for design that fuses ingenuity, whimsy, and quality workmanship – all on a “frugalista” budget. She believes that we shouldn’t take our spaces too seriously, and that great design is not about how much money you spend, but rather how creative you can be. Amongst the many hats she wears, Leigh-Ann is a regular contributor on Cityline, a spokesperson for Black & Decker Canada and Rust-Oleum Canada.  With a passion to educate and inspire, Leigh-Ann embraces every opportunity she gets to spark creativity and instill confidence in others who strive to “DO IT YOURSELF”. 

See her on the Home + Garden Stage

I Spy DIY: What's hot this spring and how to get the look for less!
Saturday, February 27, 1:30pm
Sunday, February 28, 1:00pm 

Amanda Forest

Amanda Forrest, 
Design and Lifestyle Expert 

Amanda Forrest is a designer and nationally recognized expert in home construction, project management, design and lifestyle trends. Her 15 years of practical experience and taste making continue to see her industry leading concepts featured on television, print and advertising as well as many national events like IDS West, The National Home Show and The International Builders Conference. 

See her on the Home + Garden Stage

Incorporating Colour in Your Room
Saturday, February 27, 4:00PM

Donna Balzer

Donna Balzer, 
The No Guff Gardener 

Farmer’s daughter, army brat and University graduate in Horticulture, Donna Balzer is the no guff gardener. She co-hosted the award winning, internationally broadcast, “Bugs & Blooms” on HGTV, answers Alberta-wide garden questions on CBC radio and is a regular columnist for the Calgary Herald. Canadian best selling No Guff Vegetable Gardening is her most recent book and is based on her love for growing food. 

See her on the Home + Garden Stage

Strategies for No Guff Gardening: Change your world, one cabbage at a time!
Friday, February 26, 5:00PM
Sunday, February 28, 2:00PM


Halyna Skala Tatary, P.Eng, MA (Architecture), Tataryn Group, RE/MAX Real Estate (Central)

Halyna offers a specialized approach to home selling and buying in Calgary. She focuses on selling unique Inner City properties, especially heritage homes, helping buyers to make smart and informed decisions. Educated in Engineering, Urban Planning and Architecture, Halyna brings passion, extensive knowledge and dedication to her work with her clients. 

See her on the Home + Garden Stage

Home Renovations Simplified: How to Plan and Execute a Successful Home Renovation
Thursday, February 25, 7:00PM

Downsizing Simplified: What you need to consider, options and pitfalls to avoid
Friday, February 26, 2:00PM

Misha White

Misha White, Floral Designer, Amborella Floral Studio 

Misha has been mastering flowers for her entire life. She got her start at age 14 in Carlton Place, Ontario, where she learned what the industry was all about. In 2007 she moved to Calgary and got deeply involved in the city’s wedding scene. In 2012 she opened her now thriving shop, Amborella Floral Studio, and was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Design. 

See her on the Home + Garden Stage

​The Power of Flowers in the Home
Thursday, February 25, 5:00PM 

Denise Wild

Denise Wild, DIY TV Host, Makeful 

Denise Wild is a sewing expert, TV host, author, and magazine editor. Denise is the host of a new series on the DIY channel Makeful, and she has regular television appearances that include the TODAY show, CityLine, The Shopping Channel, and Morning Live. Denise wrote the popular sewing reference book Mend & Make Fabulous. 

See her on the Home + Garden Stage

How to use textiles to update your home on a budget
Friday, February 26, 4:00PM

Fabric care and stain removal
Saturday, February 27, 7:00PM 

How to choose fabrics for your home
Sunday, February 28, 11:00AM


Sharon McCormick, Founder, Poppy Innovations 

Sharon McCormick founder of Poppy Innovations established the company with a mission to change the way we eat. Sharon is passionate about creating social change to reverse the rising obesity rates in our community by teaching children and adults how to grow, cook, can and preserve their own food to create healthy, lifelong habits. 

See her on the Home + Garden Stage

The ABC’s of Grow it Yourself
Sunday, February 28, 3:00PM 

Chelsie Anderson

Chelsie Anderson, Gardening Expert 

Chelsie Anderson understands gardens from a lifetime of hands-on experience. She has been the owner and operator of her gardening business “C2, Gardening with Heart” for almost 10 years where she passionately tends to existing gardens and installs new ones with inspiration. More recently she has been selling red wiggler worms and their poop, known as castings, to gardeners who love the soil as much as she does! 

See her on the Home + Garden Stage

Happiness in Body and Soil
Thursday, February 25, 1:00PM
Saturday, February 27, 11:00AM 


Janet Melrose, Calgary’s Cottage Gardener 

Janet Melrose is ‘Calgary’s Cottage Gardener’, a growing micro-business specializing in garden consulting, coaching, education and Horticultural Therapy programs. After a career in Calgary’s corporate world, Janet’s lifelong enthusiasm for gardening led her to complete the Prairie Horticultural Certificate (with Distinction) through Olds College, together with the Home Farm Horticultural Therapy Certificate. 

See her on the Home + Garden Stage

Perennial Vegetables 
Friday, February 26, 3:00PM

Square Foot Gardening for Calgarians
Friday, February 26, 7:00PM 

David Crosson

David Crosson, Founder, David Crosson Design Collective 

For more than two decades, David Crosson has been a sought-after eye in both Vancouver and Calgary, lending his unique aesthetic to everything from exhibits and events to fashion and interiors. He now helms the David Crosson Design Collective, a boutique firm that encompasses a comprehensive network of contractors, tradespeople, artisans and architects. He is a frequent guest style contributor to CTV Morning Live. 

See him on the Home + Garden Stage

Entertain without the Pain
Thursday, February 25, 4:00PM


Michael Alkema, Aborist 

Michael Alkema is an ISA certified arborist, working for The City of Calgary Parks as an Urban Forestry Technician. He has degrees in Biology and Forest Conservation. He previously worked on a residential tree planting program at an urban forestry non-profit in Toronto and in landscape construction and maintenance. 

See him on the Home + Garden Stage

Caring for trees in Calgary – planning, planting, maintenance and post 2014 snowstorm management.
Saturday, February 27, 5:00PM

The Vitals 

What: The Calgary Home + Garden Show
Where: BMO Centre & Corral, Stampede Park, #20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

Thursday, February 25th                                Noon – 9 pm
Friday, February 26th                                     Noon – 9 pm
Saturday, February 27th                                 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday, February 28th                                   10 am – 6 pm 

How: Buy tickets online courtesy of RenovationFind and save $3 at calgaryhomeandgardenshow.com 


Adults (18+): $16.00
Adults (18+) ONLINE: $13.00
Seniors (60+): $13.00
Seniors (60+) ONLINE: $10.00
Seniors Friday before 5pm: $7.00 (Box Office & Online)
Children 12 and under: FREE 

Help support local non-profit organizations by donating $1 to Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta or Youth Central when you purchase your ticket for the Calgary Home + Garden Show.


Mallory Oudendag
Reformation PR


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