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Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show to have more than 500 exhibitors

Show hours will be noon to 9 p.m. Jan. 18, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 19, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 20
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: January 12, 2013

• How does earth stack up?

Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity is partnering with the University of Oklahoma's Sustainable Building program to build Oklahoma's first house constructed entirely of compressed earth blocks. Soil blocks are compacted using high pressure to make a durable, cost-effective and energy-efficient building material. Compressed earth blocks will be displayed and explained.

• Oklahoma Beef Cook-Off

People from across the state submitted their best beef recipes for the Oklahoma Beef Cook-Off hosted by the Oklahoma Beef Council and CattleWomen Association. The finalists and grand prizewinning recipes will be announced at the Oklahoma City Home & Garden show followed by a sampling and a cooking demonstration. Attendees will learn some of Oklahoma's best beef appetizer recipes and how to buy and prepare beef on a budget.

• “Treasure Island” garden

TLC Landscape & Design have designed a garden featuring a 20-foot sunken pirate ship surrounded by a sea of colorful flowers. Other types of foliage that are hardy in Oklahoma weather will be a main component of the exhibit design as well as an outdoor living area. Gardening experts and landscape designers will be available to answer questions and give advice on landscaping projects.

• “Old Mexico” landscape

Local experts from Tony's Tree Plantation will present a themed landscape display featuring a design with fountains, stone columns, authentic Mexican imports such as pottery and metalwork, stone fire pits and exotic plants and flowers. Tony's Tree Plantation experts will be present at the exhibit to share advice, answer questions and give landscaping tips.

• Made in Oklahoma

This interactive feature allows guests to view and buy products made in Oklahoma. Attendees can learn interesting facts about people, places, events, food and traditions native to Oklahoma.

• Local chef demonstrations

Attendees can learn the latest recipes as local chefs share their tips on making delectable dishes.