Kinko-OhataDenver Home Show Hours:
March 15-16: 10am to 9 pm | March 17: 10am to 5pm
Location: National Western Complex
Purchase tickets online for $9, or at the door for $11. Children 12 and under are FREE.
For more information, visit www.homeshowdenver.com.

Spring is the season for home makeover projects, and the 26th annual Denver Home Show has something for everyone. More than 500 experts in home décor, gardening, landscaping and remodeling will be on hand to provide visitors with advice and inspiration.
For 25 years, the Show has showcased the art of Ikebana, which has grown in popularity each year. Ikebana is the Japanese art of arranging flowers, leaves, branches, grasses and pods, so thoughtfully and skillfully they rival paintings and sculptures. It is not a competitive activity but a process, a path of practice that transforms both the practitioner and the viewer.

“Ikebana originates from conversations with plants,” says Akane Teshigahara, head of Sogetsu School and founder Kyoko Kito’s granddaughter. “If you become attuned to vibrant flowers, and envision how you can show them to their advantage, your heart will resonate with the flowers making sensational waves. Sogetsu ikebana connects plants with people and people with people, bringing peace of mind and creating happiness.”

Demonstrations will be performed throughout all three days of the Show with narration and question/answer opportunities (see schedule). More than 50 Ikebana arrangements and large group installations with hanging wall exhibits have been added this year.
In two workshops on Saturday, participants will use flowers, branches, containers and pin holders to create their own classic Ikebana arrangement guided by teachers from Sogetsu Colorado.

Finally, attendees can enjoy performances by Denver Taiko as their drums transport viewers back to Japan with their powerful rhythm and musical synchronization.

Other highlights you will not want to miss:

The Truth about Landscaping
Ahmed Hassan, past host of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers and regular guest contributor for the CBS Early Show and NBC’s Today Show, is an expert in landscape design, installation and maintenance. Ahmed will be presenting “The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth About Landscaping.” Presentations will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:00 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Competing for the Cup
This year, the Floral Association of the Rockies will be holding their Rocky Mountain Cup contest at the Show. From novice to experienced designer, entrants have a chance to win a monetary prize, the Rocky Mountain Cup, and bragging rights.

Ask-A-Designer!
Looking to refresh your home’s interior? Interior Designer Wynn Waggoner will conduct free 10-minute consultations. Email wynninteriors@wispertel.net to sign up or stop by booth #1741. Bring any color swatches, design plans or pictures.

Additional highlights include: Gardens of Excellence, showcasing creative design concepts, sustainable landscaping ideas and outdoor entertaining; cooking demonstrations by local celebrity chefs; an extensive selection of local Colorado products, the most innovative home improvement gadgets, and more.

On Friday, March 15, the show is offering free admission to anyone currently serving in the military, fire department or police force. See www.homeshowdenver.com for more details.