March 2014

Lowcountry Home & Garden Show

Author: Ashley Feaster

Springtime is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, the home “to do” list is getting longer by the minute. Tasks such as laying down fresh pine straw, power washing the house and finally updating that drab, worn out kitchen counter with a polished piece of granite, just seem to take over my every thought as the temperatures begin to rise and I come out of winter hibernation. Sound familiar? Well, I have a simple suggestion: Don’t miss the upcoming Lowcountry Home & Garden Show and Parade of Homes Tour!

Whether you’re a prospective homebuyer or a homeowner in search of ideas to spruce up your home, the annual Lowcountry Home & Garden Show and Parade of Homes Tour is the place to start for ideas, inspiration and the local professionals who know how to make it all come together!

Featuring more than 80 exhibiting home and garden experts, creative do-it-yourself workshops, cooking demonstrations from local and nationally recognized chefs, and, dozens of the area’s finest custom homes and communities on tour, the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association’s premier annual event takes place March 21-23 at the Buckwalter Recreation Center in Bluffton. Admission to both the Lowcountry Home & Garden Show and Parade of Homes Tour is free, as is parking at the recreation center.

Decorators, flooring specialists, kitchen and bath experts, landscape and hardscape professionals, as well as builders and remodelers are just a handful of the exhibitors at this popular show. Bring your floor plans, measurements and ideas with you and tap into the knowledge of many local experts who will be on hand throughout the show to answer the toughest home improvement questions and explain how their products and services work.

Free workshops for all interests
Attend one of the many free do-it-yourself workshops and seminars being offered by local experts each day of the show:

The zealous gardener will not want to miss out on daily gardening and landscape workshops presented by Sunshine Hardscape, Landscape & Nursery, including one on how to marry your herbs and flowers to make the perfect container garden.

Become the envy of your entire neighborhood! Be sure to stop by the workshop and seminar stage to see Play Custom Home Technologies’ and Gourmet Appliance’s Grillin’ and Chillin’ feature. They will give you the road map to make your backyard the entertainment mecca of the Lowcountry.

If painting is your passion, be inspired by Sherwin-Williams Company as they discuss the often overlooked secrets to selecting the perfect paint colors and products.

And for all the foodies out there, this year’s show will feature daily cooking demonstrations from top chefs, including One Hot Mama’s’ Chef Orchid Paulmeier from Season 7 of Food Network Star and Chef Matt Jording from the Sage Room and Old Town Dispensary.

Learn everything from how to pick the right types of flowers and plants for your landscape to choosing the best wine for your summer soirée.

Kids’ Zone fun for entire family
Bring the kids! This year’s show will welcome back our “Kids’ Zone” Friday, Saturday and Sunday, where children of all ages can enjoy activities and workshops tailored to their interests. New this year will be an interactive Lego® workshop presented by Bricks 4 Kidz, which is sure to impress even the oldest Lego® master builders! The Farmers Market of Bluffton in partnership with Savannah Hydroponics & Organics will host their “Little Growers” program, teaching children the basics of gardening. And, back by popular demand, Lowe’s “Build & Grow Clinic” will be at the show, giving kids of all ages the opportunity to construct and decorate their very own “Lowebot.” All this and much more in store for the youngest show-goers! Check the program schedule at
www.lowcountryhomeandgardenshow.com for daily workshops and Kids’ Zone activities and times.

Parade of Homes Tour offers rare view
Step inside some of the Lowcountry’s finest homes on the Parade of Homes Tour, taking place in conjunction with the Lowcountry Home & Garden Show. This self-guided tour will feature more than 20 of the area’s most amazing custom homes and communities, including Palmetto Bluff, Hampton Lake, Oldfield and beyond. Free and open to all, pick up your Parade of Homes Tour guide with directions, map and gate pass available at the front entrance of the Lowcountry Home & Garden Show.

More to the show than ever before
The Lowcountry Home & Garden Show has something in store for everyone! In addition to the annual exhibits, the home tours, and the do-it-yourself workshops, attendees will not want to miss out on daily lunch offerings from Cahill’s Market & Chicken Kitchen or the spring flower sale being held by Sunshine Hardscape, Landscape & Nursery. If Sunday is your day to attend, bring your market bags to fill with fresh fruits, veggies and local treats offered by the Farmers Market of Bluffton. That’s right; South Carolina’s #1 rated market for two years in a row will host a special market at Sunday’s show.

Three days, so much to see, so much to do! Get out to show, enjoy the long awaited spring weather, and get inspired to make your annual home “to do” list come to life!

It is with great pride and satisfaction that the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association brings you this exciting annual event, as we work to help residents throughout the area attain and maintain the home of their dreams.
Enjoy the show! 

Ashley Feaster is executive officer of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association. For more information, visit hbahh.com.

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