Evidence of spring is popping up all over Indianapolis. Sure, the weather may not look like it yet, but for the past few weeks Indianapolis events designed to prepare Central Indiana residents for the forthcoming thaw have been becoming more commonplace. Whether it’s greasing the chains of your bike with the Cycling Adventures of Willie Weir or Where Are You Going and How Can You Get There, or planning your patch of greenery with Guerrilla Gardening, the Circle City is waiting for spring like a flower waiting for sun. And if you want to get the jump on having the best garden and the best home in your neighborhood, you need to attend the 2011 Indianapolis Home & Flower Show, going on at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis from Friday, March 4, 2011 to Sunday, March 6, 2011.
In many respects, the 2011 Indianapolis Home & Flower Show is similar to the 2010 Indianapolis Home & Flower Show. There will be several celebrities on hand to talk about their various fields, some hometown heroes will be present, and you can explore the confines of the newest Indianapolis sports stadium at your leisure. There will be over 300 exhibitors at the 2011 Indianapolis Home & Flower Show, each providing their own particular breed of services in remodeling, decorating, gardening, landscaping, home accessories, and more. There will be a myriad of colorful sights to see and Indianapolis things to do at the 2011 iteration of the Home & Flower Show, including over 26,000 square feet of lush gardens. These twenty gorgeous examples of greenery are provided by Indianapolis businesses that specialize in landscaping, such as Eagle Creek Nursery, Akin Landscape, Surroundings By Nature Works+, and Riley’s Lawn Service.
Though these beautiful displays of cultivated nature will give participants a much needed breath of spring, there are other Indianapolis attractions on display at the 2011 Indianapolis Home & Flower Show. If you enjoy the butterflies at the Garfield Park Conservatory, you’ll love the 2,000 square foot Butterfly House available for patrons at the 2011 Indianapolis Home & Flower Show, full of hundreds of colorful varieties of the most graceful of insects. There will also be many displays of flower arrangements and corsages, a special garden fountain at the center of the stadium, and a state of the art log cabin built by Smart Tech Homes. If you’re a diehard Indianapolis sports fan, you can also get a discounted tour of Lucas Oil Stadium during this Indianapolis festival.
Gardens, flower arrangements, and home design are all well and good, but you have to the have the know-how and technical knowledge of a master craftsman or gardener to really put together a magnificent garden or home. Luckily, the 2011 Indianapolis Home & Flower Show has a knowledge base of home and garden celebrities who are more than happy to help you with your next insurmountable garden or design project. Last year’s Home & Flower Show featured the talents of Sasha Andeev, part of the cast of HGTV’s Curb Appeal. This year, another member of Curb Appeal will be making an appearance: Chip Wade, the contractor and master carpenter on Curb Appeal: The Block. Chip graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology before becoming certified in residential construction. He’s also the owner of a design and construction firm called WadeBuilt LLC, so he’s got more than enough experience to help you with that tough construction issue.
|Video of Chip Wade, star of HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block, explaining a few D.I.Y. projects for your backyard on his blog; Chip Wade will be speaking at the 2011 Indianapolis Flower & Patio Show at Lucas Oil Stadium|
If the “flower” portion of the 2011 Indianapolis Home & Flower Show is more up your alley, the other celebrity on hand at the Indianapolis event might be more help to you than Chip Wade. Mary Starnes is a master gardener who began her own business, The Windowbox Gardener, six years ago in Indianapolis. A purveyor of beautiful container gardens, Starnes is a popular face when it comes to greenery in Indy. She routinely speaks for garden groups and clubs, has had a feature in Fishers/Geist magazine, and has made appearances all over Indianapolis media, including the “Indy Style” program on Channel 8 WISH TV, in the Indianapolis Star, and alongside Channel 13 WTHR‘s Treeboy.
Last year’s Home & Flower Show allowed participants to meet Jamie Silva of the Indianapolis Colts, and this year you can meet another member of the revered NFL franchise. If you attend the Home & Flower Show on Saturday, March 5, you’ll get the opportunity to meet Philip Wheeler, a linebacker for the Colts. But the football fun at the 2011 Indianapolis Home & Flower Show doesn’t end there. Participants will have the chance to help their favorite Indianapolis non-profit organization and show off their field goal skills at the same time with Kick it For Charity. For a small $2 donation, participants in Kick it For Charity get two chances to kick a field goal through the uprights at Lucas Oil Stadium, and all proceeds will go to benefit one of three Indianapolis charities: the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis, or the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana.
|Video of Racquel Battle interviewing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Philip Wheeler on the Racquel Battle Show; Philip Wheeler will be signing autographs at the 2011 Indianapolis Flower & Patio Show March 5|
So if you’re chomping at the bit for all those spring projects you’ve been dreaming about all winter to begin, you need to be at the 2011 Indianapolis Home & Flower Show, running at Lucas Oil Stadium from Friday, March 4 to Sunday, March 6, 2011. Over 26,000 square feet of gardens, celebrity guest speakers, over 300 vendors from Indianapolis businesses, and plenty more surprises will be on hand at this much anticipated Indianapolis event. If you buy your tickets from the box office, they’re $10 per adult. If you buy them online, it’s $7 per adult, $3 for Indianapolis children ages 6 – 12, and absolutely free for children under five. This weekend is the time to beat back Old Man Winter and usher in spring for 2011!
2011 Indianapolis Home & Flower Show
Friday, March 4 to Sunday, March 6, 2011
Tickets: $10/box office, $7/online, $3/children ages 6-12, FREE for children <5