Ah, the fresh scent of blooming flowers! And beer. OK, so flowers and beer don’t normally go together, but they do at the 2014 Indiana Flower and Patio Show, which takes place now through March 16 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Yes, you can enjoy over 400 flower and patio exhibits AND a taste of beer thanks to a new addition to the show: The Brew Bracket Backyard Brewfest.
It actually makes sense once you realize the theme of this year’s show is “Personal Spaces.” In the case of the Ryan Coyle, owner of Vive Exterior Design, a Noblesville-based design company, the “Brewmasters Garden” is a reflection of his affinity for beer. It is part of the Brew Bracket Backyard Brewfest, an à-la-carte beer tasting even which features beers from local breweries like Sun King, Flat 12, Oaken Barrel and others.
In all there are 4 different flights of beer, each consisting of 4 different types of beer, including wheat/blonde ales, amber/brown ales, ipa/pale ales and porter/stouts.
“This is much different than our typical event or tournament,” said Ryan Coyle, owner of Brew Bracket. “Normally we have 16 brewers who compete with just one style, and then people can vote for their favorite.”
“But for this show, it’s not so much about getting the ‘people’s vote,” Coyle said. “Our main goal is to introduce people to craft beer, educate them on what to look for and just make them feel like they’re out in their backyard enjoying a beer.”
But there is so much more to see at this year’s show, it would be a mistake to reduce it to beer. This is, after all, a flower and patio show. In fact, there are over 400 exhibitors at the show, which means you can expect to find virtually anything and everything flower and/or patio related at the show.
There are around 22 garden displays, from McNamara Florists’ “Color Your World” to Start to Finish Landscaping’s “Safari Expedition.”
One must-see exhibit is the Urban Homestead area. Sponsored by Gardens of Growth, a local architecture design/build firm operated by husband and wife team Adam Garvey and Casey May, the exhibit focuses on the use of green initiatives within the urban environment.
The garden is actually a full-scale model of a city lot in which every bit of space has been put to a sustainable use. Some of its unique features include a goat and chicken enclosure, composting area and raised bed gardens. Other green features include a water catchment system, solar panels and zero offsite water emissions.
And for all you grilling enthusiasts, “Grill University” is the place to learn all about grilling. This exhibit features daily presentations by exhibitors, which address all aspects of the outdoor cooking, including materials used in construction, burners, sizes, what differentiates one type of grill from another, etc.
The Children’s Play Zone offers fun and entertainment for kids, including equipment from Recreation Unlimited, so the kids can try it out before you buy it. There are backyard play sets, basketball goals, trampolines and other equipment, so it’s pretty hard to be bored in this area.
Finally, the Suburban Living Idea Center is a compliment to the Urban Homestead part of the show in the sense that it gives examples of how to maximize small outdoor suburban areas, to get the most out of your outdoor experience.
- What: 2014 Indiana Flower and Patio Show
- When: Now thru March 16, 2014
- Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds (West Pavilion & Expo Hall), 1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis
- Times: Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 7pm, Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 10am – 5pm
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