2018 HOME AND GARDEN SHOW
March 1 – 4 @ The DeVos Place
This year the theme for the West Michigan Home & Garden Show from Showspan was “Great Stories”. Brian Koetje of Koetje Landscaping LLC was this year’s Grand Garden Designer. Brian chose the story of Moses and the Promised Land from the Bible. There were six highlights based on this story represented throughout the display. There were burning bushes to represent when God spoke to Moses through a burning bush to get him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Brian had Murals painted on each side of the walkway to represent the sea being held back on both sides for the Israelites to walk through on dry ground, there was also a bubbling rock to represent when Moses struck the rock in the desert and God made water flow out of it for the Israelites to have water to drink, there were 10 commandments engraved in some pavers and at the end of the display representation of the Greatest Story of all, with an empty tomb and a sign that read He Is Risen, to represent the resurrection of Jesus, displayed in a Hawthorn tree, which represented the crown of thorns that He wore on the cross.
2017 HOME AND GARDEN SHOW
@ The DeVos Place
AGRLP Grand Garden at the West Michigan Home and Garden Show – The AGRLP once again built the center Grand Garden at the 2017 West Michigan Home & Garden Show. The Home and Garden Show was held at the
in Grand Rapids on Thursday, March 2 – Sunday, March 5. This years Home and Garden Show’s theme was “Celebrating Michigan”. Our Grand Garden designer this year was Mark Witte from Witte Lawn Maintenance. Great job Mark, thank you!
The Grand Garden theme this year was “A Celebration of Michigan”. The Grand Garden reflected on the history, natural beauty, and on the fastest growing industries in our wonderful state. The garden represented the native natural woodlands, the power and majesty of the Tahquamenon Falls; the invention of the automobile, the rapid growth of the craft brewery industry, especially in “Beer City”, USA (Grand Rapids!) The Grand Garden celebrated Michigan by focusing on native plants and their varieties and cultivars, using stone harvested from the soils of Michigan, and pavers and wall blocks manufactured in Michigan. Special features in the garden were, a classic Ford Model T, (representing auto industry) native woodland field, a Tahquamenon water feature, hops, beer tap water feature, bar space, an outdoor kitchen, and also taxidermy animals (squirrels, skunk, badger, rabbit and ducks) .
2016 HOME AND GARDEN SHOW
“Art in the Garden”
March 3 – 6 @ the DeVos Place
The AGRLP once again built the center GrandGarden at the 2016 West Michigan Home & Garden Show. The Home and Garden Show was held at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids on Thursday, March 3 – Sunday, March 6. This years theme was “Art in the Garden”. Our GrandGarden designer this year was Jeff Stap from Katerberg VerHage. Great job Jeff, thank you!
The GrandGarden was divided into five separate gardens, each showcasing a different sculpture. Visitors were shown how to use sculpture within different garden settings. The different gardens were; contemporary garden, patio garden, water garden, rustic garden and woodland/flower garden. The sculptures ranged from grand, elaborate pieces to more simple and rustic. Plants were also showcased to show their sculptural qualities. The weeping white pine, chamaecyparis, birch, and Seven Son’s Flower were given prominent spots to show off their forms.
2015 HOME AND GARDEN SHOW
The Association of Grand Rapids Landscape Professionals once again designed and built a beautiful Center Garden at the West Michigan Home and Garden Show. A Special Thank You to Nick Heyboer who was this year’s Grand Garden designer. The Home and Garden Show was held at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids on March 5 – 8. This year’s garden theme was“A Magical Escape”, and included elements of Disney’s Cinderella with the red carpet leading to the garden.
The “Cinderella” lit Carriage in the garden was a big hit with many people stopping to get a picture while sitting inside the carriage. On opening day,“Dreams Come True” as you walk the red carpet that led to the Grand Garden, the first 100 Home and Garden Show attendees through the door dressed as Cinderella or Prince Charming received a free Cinderella Movie Pass from Celebration! Cinema! On Sunday, March 8 the Grand Garden hosted a brunch benefit to help support Kitchen Sage.
2014 HOME AND GARDEN SHOW
The 2014 West Michigan Home and Garden Show was held March 6 – 9 at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. It was great to see all our members come together and transform the DeVos Place into a beautiful spring garden. Our 2014 Grand Garden Designers, Chris Thatcher of ProCare Landscape Management and Jami Kibbe of Walden Design, did an amazing job designing the Grand Garden.
The Garden was visited by several people throughout the four days of the show. The kids loved the play area, which included a slide, tunnel and small pond with boats along with a play structure. The walk way through the garden created a very nice spring stroll after a very long winter in West Michigan. Guest enjoyed the sitting area which included an outdoor fireplace. A huge THANK YOU to Chris and Jami and all of our talented and generous AGRLP members who helped create the 2014 Grand Garden.