Whatcom Home & Garden Show seminars set: Ciscoe Morris, Ted L. Clifton among highlights

The event schedule for the 33rd annual Whatcom County Home & Garden Show has been set.

The show, presented by the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County, will be held March 2-4 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. in Lynden.

Hightlights this year include presentations from garden guru Ciscoe Morris and green builder Ted L. Clifton. DeWaard & Bode-and KAFE 104.1FM will also team up to give away daily prizes.

The show will be open to the public on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. On Sunday, March 4, it’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults over 16, $6 for seniors over 55 and free for children under 16.

For more information visit www.whatcomhomeshow.com or call 360-671-4247.

2012 Whatcom County Home & Garden Show Seminar Schedule

Friday, March 2

11 a.m.—Solar Options for Whatcom County, presented by Joshua Miller of Western
Solar Inc. Solar works in Whatcom County and you can take advantage of state, federal and local solar incentives to install a cost effective renewable energy system on your home or business.

Noon—Built Green presentations—“Radiant Heat: Applications and Advantages,” by Jeff Caldwell of Heating Green. “Degrees of Green,” by Josh Baldwin of Quantum Construction.

1 p.m.—RE Made benches—Eberhard Eichner of The RE Store gives a practical demonstration of repurposing materials for home and garden furniture.

2 p.m.—Landscape Designs—Certified nursery consultant Craig Corliss of Home Depot will share his insights into how to identify the basic principles of landscape design and identify plants that grow well in specific zones.

3 p.m.—Puget Sound Energy presents energy adviser CJ Conner with guiding tips on
preventing energy waste.

4 p.m.—Built Green presentations—Three topics: Jobsite Recycling, by Rodd Pemble, SSC; Energy Conservation, by Allison Spector, CNG; Energy Efficiency Rebates, by Monica Foster, CNG.

5 p.m.—Barron Heating and Air Conditioning’s Wes Diskin will describe the basics of what a Ductless Heat Pump is, how it works in existing homes and what level of savings homeowners can expect.

Saturday, March 3

11 a.m.—Green Building & Design 101, presented by Rose Lathrop of Aiki Homes.

Noon — Builder Round table—“Built Green & Your Remodel or Addition,” withRose Lathrop, Jim Caldwell and other representatives of Built Green.

1 p.m.—Grow Your Own Veggies for the Health of It! Bakerview Nursery & Garden
Center’s Chuck McClung will discuss the best and easy ways to grow vegetable varieties for our area, plus how to plant them and care for them to get the best harvest. Soil preparation, nutrients and best watering practices will be covered. Discover the health benefits to gardening and growing your own vegetables.

2 p.m.—What is an Energy Audit? Jeff Mack of Bellingham Bay Builders, a
professional energy auditor and home builder, will discuss the science and benefits of an energy audit.

3 p.m.—Stump the Chump, with Cisco Morris. The perennial favorite of the Home & Garden Show invites you to stump him with your gardening conundrums. Plus, he will have time for questions and to meet briefly with his loyal following.

5 p.m.—Built Green presentations—Three topics: “Why Solar Works For You,” with Dana Brand of EcoTech; “Do You Want To Go On A Low Carbon Diet?” Susan Lignell of Vollara; “Green Kitchens & Baths,” with Jacquie Scott, certified kitchen and  bath designer and certified aging-in-place specialist from Legacy Kitchen & Bath.

Sunday, March 4

11 a.m.—Creating a Show Garden. Members of the Whatcom Horticultural Society will
lead you through the process of transforming your yard into the gem of your neighborhood, featuring photos from previous Whatcom Horticultural Garden Tours.

Noon — Fruit Tree and Berry Selection/Pruning Demo. Larry Clark of Bakerview Nursery and Garden Center will discuss the fruit tree and berry varieties that do the best
in our area such as apples, pears, plums, raspberries, strawberries and more for your home gardens. Plus, learn about soils, nutrients and pruning techniques for the best harvests.

1 p.m.—Puget Sound Energy presents energy adviser CJ Conner with guiding tips on
preventing energy waste.

2 p.m.—Extreme Energy Retrofits–Lowering energy cost and the financial benefits of whole-house energy retrofit, featuring Built Green speaker Ted L. Clifton, a seven-time National Energy Value Housing award winner, two-time National Green Building Award winner, builder, home designer and educator for more than 45 years.

3 p.m.—Decorating with Faux Glaze—Home Depot’s Jeffery Cunningham discusses
and demonstrates a variety of faux painting techniques and concepts. Tap into Jeff’s 20 years’ experience with paint in this fun and informative presentation.

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