March 2018

Mind Your Manors: Lowcountry Home & Garden Show all the inspiration you need for spring

Author: Barry Kaufman

Ah, spring. As the mercury slowly ekes its way back down from this past winter’s epic frigidity, the season blesses us with those few extra moments of sunlight every day. The salt-scented air reminds us that it’s time to get back out there and enjoy all the beauty the Lowcountry has to offer, in that blissful transom through which lies the busy tourist season.

Then we step outside and realize how many of those nagging home chores we never got done over the winter, and how remarkably ill-equipped our gardens were for snow. With our paint slowly flaking, our pine straw turning brittle and gray and our gardens awash in brown, we realize that before we can drink deep spring’s delicious nectar, we must first get our homes in shape.

To that end, it’s serendipitous timing that the Lowcountry Home & Garden Show has arrived once again March 16-18 at the Buckwalter Recreation Center. “It truly is a one-stop-shop filled with all of the inspiration and education you’ll need to tackle that ever-growing home ‘to-do’ list,” said Meg James, Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association executive officer.

Indeed, the vendor list at the Home & Garden Show represents a little bit of everything. Decorators, flooring specialists, kitchen and bath experts, landscape and hardscape professionals, architects, paint experts, as well as builders and remodelers will be on hand to answer questions and help you tackle your to-do list with confidence. Many of the exhibitors will offer special discount rates during the show, making this an ideal way to save some money as you spruce up your space for spring.

But as numerous as the vendors will be, they’re only part of this massive home show. During the three-day event, you’ll find a slew of workshops guiding you through your DIY dilemmas, cooking demonstrations from area chefs and tours of some of the area’s most beautiful homes.

“The zealous gardener will not want to miss out on daily gardening and landscape workshops, presented by Taylor’s Landscape Supply & Nursery,” James said. “Plus, don’t miss your opportunity to get expert tips from the folks at Lowcountry Master Gardener Association and Clemson Extension.”

Taylor’s is scheduled to lead two workshops, Sod Solutions: Top Dressing is a Key Ingredient to Great Grass at 1:30 p.m. March 16; and Nursery School: Sun Plants vs. Shade Plants at 2:45 p.m. March 18. Other scheduled workshops include Native Plants and Sustainable Landscaping by Laura Lee Rose, Clemson Extension, at 11 a.m. March 16 and Fertilizing your Lowcountry Lawn by Dr. Bill Camp, Lowcountry Master Gardener Association, at 1:30 p.m. March 17.

There will also be a pair of cooking demonstrations from Chef Chris Carge of Poseidon at 12:15 p.m. March 16, and Chef Lee Lucier of Local Pie at 12:15 p.m. March 17.

Held in conjunction with the Home & Garden Show, the Parade of Homes will give attendees a chance to go inside some of the area’s most remarkable homes. “This self-guided tour will boast a remarkable number of homes and communities, extending over three days, and locations reaching from Hilton Head Island to Northern Beaufort County and everywhere in between,” James said. Builders, subcontractors and sales professionals will be on hand at each site to answer questions and walk you through the many features of each.

Admission to the Lowcountry Home & Garden Show is free. The Parade of Homes Tour Pass is $5, with proceeds going to local charities. For more information and an updated list of vendors and workshops as they are unveiled, visit

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