The Oklahoma City Home & Garden show comes to State Fair Park this weekend, bringing together more than 500 local and national exhibitors offering up the latest and greatest in home and garden products, services and techniques.
The three-day show starts at noon Friday with Hero Day. Current military, police and fire personnel with valid service IDs will receive free admission.
The show will feature Ahmed Hassan of HGTV and DIY Network's “Yard Crashers.” On the TV show, Hassan recruits unsuspecting homeowners at home improvement shows for major landscaping makeovers.
Hassan will offer four presentations in which he'll give advice about earth-friendly landscaping, gardening on a budget and increasing your home's value through landscaping. He describes his presentations as a mixture of stand-up comedy, story telling and a horticulture class.
“I really see what we do as landscapers and gardeners as art,” Hassan said. “What we're doing is taking elements, glimpses, little snapshots of what we see as beautiful in nature and we're trying to imitate and recreate that in our own little personal spaces. Ideally, we're trying to make it look natural, not contrived.”
Keeping his landscapes looking natural is a trademark of Hassan's landscape design concept. He said he loves to educate people about his favorite topic: Horticulture.
“Horticulture is something mankind has been doing since the beginning of time,” Hassan said in a news release. “We've always lived off the earth and now we don't even know how to keep a houseplant alive. We need to get back to basics.”
Visitors to the Home & Garden Show will also have a chance to support Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity with a “Chair-ity” auction featuring average wooden chairs that have been transformed into stylish art pieces.
An innovative use of compressed earth will be featured at the show. The University of Oklahoma's Sustainable Building program will be on hand to give an up close view of the compressed soil blocks the program is using to build Oklahoma's first home made of the durable, cost effective building material.
The show also will feature an Oklahoma Beef Cook-off, TLC Landscape & Design's “Treasure Island” Garden, an “Old Mexico” landscape design from Tony's Tree Plantation, dozens of Made in Oklahoma products and advice and demonstrations from experts on various home and garden topics.
At 5 p.m. on Sunday, plants from the feature landscapes and select exhibitor displays will go on sale to the public at discounted rates.