Carson Arthur will present on the Main Stage at the Calgary Home + Garden Show, which runs Feb. 28 to March 3 at the BMO Centre.
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As winter prepares to take its last gasp, and the soft embraces of spring begin to nurture our souls, thoughts turn to green shoots poking through soil sodden with rain showers and rich with the mulch of fall’s decay.What better way to stir up excitement for the season, than to spend a weekend at the Calgary Home + Garden Show, which hits the BMO Centre from Feb. 28 through to March 3.Here you’ll find everything home, garden and renovation, as well as hot tips on a myriad of topics from how to survive a renovation to tidying up with joy from experts like real estate guru Todd Talbot and Calgary-based KonMari consultant Helen Youn.Gardening expert and HGTV’s Home to Win host Carson Arthur will be presenting on the Main Stage, sharing insight on how to grow the perfect garden anywhere, from rooftops to balconies.The Home + Garden show opens on the heels of the launch of Arthur’s exciting new gardening and cook book, Vegetables, Chickens & Bees: An Honest Guide to Growing Your Own Food Anywhere.It’s a book that tackles the 21st Century conundrum — more people are gravitating towards plant-based diets, yet the cost of fresh food is skyrocketing at an unprecedented rate. Arthur’s solution: grow fresh food at home and have fun doing it, and then whip up a great recipe using uber-delicious, homegrown produce.“The book is really all about the ABC’s of growing food and how people can apply it to their own space,” says Arthur.Backyards, raised beds, townhouse rooftops, vertical walls, and balconies — anything goes.Arthur, who is known for his kicked-back demeanor and warm-hearted sense of humour, will be offering show-goers some savvy insights into growing food at home, along with some helpful dos and don’ts.He says that one of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to growing things is underestimating the amount of sunlight a space receives. “They look outside on their balcony and think that it get lots of light, but in reality it may be only a couple of hours of intense sun,” he says.The solution? Pick up a solar-powered toy at the local Dollar Store. Put it outside and check it every hour to see if it works.“Every hour that your toy is dancing will give you the cumulative numbers of sunlight and then you can choose your plants from there,” says Arthur.As a rule of thumb, vegetables that do best in low light are those with big green leaves — plants like kale, spinach and lettuce.Arthur will also be chatting about ways to landscape that are both ecologically friendly and work in the homeowner’s favour when it comes to resale.Other goodies to look out for at the show include Gioia Interiors’ bedroom exhibit Sleep-in Style with one IKEA bedroom imagined three ways, and Revolve Furnishing’s Tablescapes showing examples of how to bring the wow factor to your table.More than 550 businesses will be showcasing their design prowess and wares. And it’s not just about great design, there’s also plenty of action for the foodies in the group — some of YYC’s favourite food trucks will be on site, including Taiko Taco, Dumpling Hero, Zilford’s, Take It and Go and Wilk’s Booth.The Calgary Home + Garden Show takes place at BMO Centre & Corral at Stampede Park and runs from Thursday, Feb. 28 at noon to Sunday, March 3 at 6 p.m.Check out Carson Arthur on the Main Stage Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m., and Saturday, March 2 at noon and 5 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors (60+) and free for children 12 and under. On Friday, March 1, tickets are $7 for seniors if entry is before 5 p.m.For more information or to buy tickets online and save $2, visit calgaryhgs.com.