The National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2012
By Elli Davis, March 13, 2012
There is something about this time of year that makes many people look at their houses differently, wondering what they could renovate, redecorate, or landscape in the upcoming months. After a few months spent cooped up inside their cozy homes, it is no surprise that the flaws start to become apparent, or maybe they just want to refresh their living space. Either way, if you are one of those people, this year’s National Home Show is the place to go!
Whether you are looking for inspiration or just a different way to spend the day, the biggest home and garden outing in North America has everything you need for your home and garden projects. Set up in an area of 600,000 square feet, it has more exciting features, products, and seminars than ever before. Moreover, this year, the show is co-locating with Canada Blooms: the Flower & Garden Festival to bring the largest North American display of innovative products and new ideas for all things you might need for inside and outside your home under one roof. Both events run simultaneously at the Direct Energy Centre from March 16th to March 25th.
One ticket will admit you to both events, each with its own programming. Just one day of attendance will probably not be enough to cover the immensity of the value that these events provide, however, if you have the stamina, two-day passes are also available. Admission to the shows ranges from $13.00 to $29.00. Here is a hint, if you go online to National Home Show & Canada Blooms official website, you can save a few dollars off the admission price.
The first National Home Show took place exactly 60 years ago. Since then, it has been inspiring thousands of Canadian homeowners. More than 150,000 people attend the show every year, seeking expert advice, solutions, and new products for in and around their homes.
In 2012, over 800 professional exhibitors will showcase a wide range of home improvement products and accessories and provide you with a number of new ideas and products. If you have a home project in mind, or if you just want to discover the latest styles and trends for your home, the National Home Show has everything you need to get started.
It is advisable to plan your visit ahead because getting lost in the maze of products is easy to do! Also, take note of the workshop schedule, the sections, demonstrations, and talks that you want to visit. All you have to do then is to start comparing alternatives and prices, or take advantage of free advice from the experts. Even for those who do not have anything particular in mind, the show offers a truly unique experience and great fun for the whole family.
What Can a Guest Expect?
- The 2012 Dream Home, called R-House, designed by PROBUILT by Michael Upshall, the ultra-modern 3600-square-foot energy efficient home
- The Unilock Celebrity Stage with celebrity guests from the field of home design and building (where gardening celebs will speak as well) including Bryan Baeumler (Disaster DIY), Jim Caruk (Real Renos), Glen Peloso (Take This House & Sell It), Michael Upshall, and many others
- The Destination Renovation Hub where you can get advice from some of the GTA’s top contractors and builders
- One-on-One Consultations with Interior Designers from IDC
- A Discussion About the Newest Products from around the globe in the International Showcase
These are just a few highlights of this year’s show. For more information, please visit the event’s official site, listed below.
For the first time in history, the country’s largest indoor garden show is co-locating with the National Home Show. This year, it drew in more than 140 renowned experts, looking to showcase the very best in gardening. Everything from stylish and attractive horticulture products, different garden decoration themes, garden care and maintenance products to floral and landscaping tools and garden building accessories will be on display. With so much on offer and so much to see, the show is a truly floral window to the world. Whether you are passionate about plants, a dabbling gardener, or you are looking just for a fun-filled day with your family surrounded by unbelievable garden and floral displays —you will definitely enjoy Canada Blooms 2012!
Dates & Hours
March 16-25: 10 am - 9 pm
March 18: 10 am - 6 pm
March 25: 10 am - 5 pm
Seniors (65+): $17.00
Students (13-17): $16.00
Children (12 and under): FREE
2 Day Pass: $29.00
Location & Contact
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes' Blvd., Toronto