January 23, 2004

2004 Dallas Flower & Outdoor Living show to feature renowned gardeners plus floral and food experts

Dallas, TX --The second annual Dallas Flower & Outdoor Living Show, Dallas largest outdoor consumer expo, will be held on February 20-22, 2004, at the Dallas Convention Center.

Sponsored by Central Market, American Backyards, The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV Channel 8, the show features renowned horticulture experts Greg Grant and Dr. William Welch, as well as a host of talented gardening, floral, and food experts. Highlights will include over 37,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped gardens and over 150 exhibitors, offering everything from floriculture, professional landscaping services, and outdoor kitchens, to patio furniture, garden supplies, and backyard recreation. Attendees can also take part in outdoor recreation activities, floral demonstrations by designers and florists, and outdoor cooking seminars by area chefs.

In another exciting development, Belo Expositions will add a formidable partner to the 2004 show: the long-running and widely respected NARI Home Show, sponsored by the Greater Dallas Chapter of the National Association for the Remodeling Industry (NARI). The partnership takes The Dallas Flower & Outdoor Living Show to a new level, providing consumers with a comprehensive look at the latest in landscaping, gardening, outdoor living and home improvement ideas and solutions.

An entire section of the show room floor, titled The NARI Home Improvement Neighborhood, will be dedicated to NARI members with a full schedule of events taking place throughout the weekend. NARI will spotlight its own design and remodeling-related programming in this space each day. Highlights will include The House Doctor, where experts will give remodeling advice and feedback to visiting attendees on a complementary basis and Ask the Pro, where consumers can get specific answers from electricians, plumbers, air conditioning specialists, and other contractors to their home remodeling dilemmas. There will also be featured roundtable discussions each day, with various home improvement topics listed throughout the show.

Exhibiting the most expansive display of outdoor landscaping inside! in the North Texas area, the show will feature 15 landscaped gardens, each measuring 1,700 to 3,200 square feet in area. Each garden has been designed by a local landscaping company and will include such innovative features as flagstone patios, water gardens, modern outdoor kitchens, and ponds.

Numerous outdoor recreation activities will also be available, including horseshoe lessons by The Carrollton Horseshoe Pitching Club, a volleyball tournament sponsored by the Champagne Volleyball Association, exhibition games sponsored by the Dallas Badminton Club and the Dallas Croquet Association, and a putting competition benefitting the Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Association.

The show will host a live auction of 5 custom-built playhouses, designed by some of the top homebuilders in the region, which will take place on Sunday, February 22, at 5:00 p.m. Participating home builders, all members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas, include Bailey Family Builders, Kimball Hill Homes, McCollum & Associates Inc., McDowell Custom Homes, Inc., and Mishler Builders, Inc.Each house will be auctioned off to the highest bidder with proceeds benefiting HomeAid Dallas, a non-profit that builds and renovates shelters for temporarily homeless men, women, and children in the greater Dallas area.

Adding to the events will be a full schedule of speakers on the shows Garden Theater stage, including well-known horticulturalists Greg Grant and Dr. William Welch.

Grant, a horticulturist, garden writer, ornamental plant developer, lecturer, and farmer fromArcadia, Texas, will present If You Cant Take the Heat, Stay Out of the Garden: Gardening in Hell on the Garden Theater Stage on Saturday, February 21, at 2 p.m. and Blue Bells, Shotgun Shells, and Crown Tires All in a Row: Making a Cottage Garden on Sunday, February 22, at 2 p.m. A popular speaker all across the country, Grant is co-author of Home Landscaping-Texas (2004) and The Southern Heirloom Garden, contributing editor to Texas Gardener, and serves as Director of Propagation and Plant Development for Naconiche Gardens (naconichegardens.com) in Nacogdoches, Texas. Grant lives in deep East Texas, where he tends a cottage garden full of old fashioned flowers, a small bulb farm, a patch of sugar cane, and the worlds only arboretum dedicated to the Catalpa. A book signing will follow his presentations.

Dr. William Welch, Professor and Extension Landscape Horticulturalist at Texas A&M University, will present The Cut Flower Garden on Friday, February 20, at 6:00 p.m. and The Southern Heirloom Garden on Saturday, February 21, at 12:30 p.m. Author of Perennial Garden Color, Antique Roses for the South, The Southern Heirloom Garden, and The Bountiful Cutflower Garden, Welch is the editor of The Southern Garden website in Aggie Horticulture and serves as a contributing editor for the Horticulture Update newsletter. In 1986, Welch was presented with the Arp Award by the Texas Association of Nurserymen for his outstanding contributions to the Texas nursery industry. A book signing will also follow his presentations.

Other accomplished speakers will include: Claude Graves, Rosarian with The Dallas Rose Society, presenting on Old Garden Roses; Steve Love, resident expert and The Pond Guy for The North Texas Water Garden Society, presenting Fundamentals of Water Gardening; Cynthia McKenney, Assistant Professor of Horticulture & Extension Specialist at Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University Dallas, presenting How to Collect Seed and Raise Your Own Texas Natives and Wildflowers; Jimmy Turner, Director of Research at The Dallas Arboretum, presenting Selection of the Best Plants for Dallas from The Dallas Arboretum Trials; Karen Watts, food stylist and The Discount Dame for the House & Garden section of The Dallas Morning News, presenting Great Bargains in Entertaining for the Outdoor Living Space; Karen Ann Tompkins, feng shui consultant and instructor, presenting Feng Shui for the Garden; Sonia King, mosaic artist and author of Mosaic Design Projects for the Outdoor Garden: Projects and Designs from Around the World, presenting Mosaic Design Projects for the Outdoor Garden; and Manuel Aybar, orchid expert and member of The Greater North Texas Orchid Society, presenting Orchid Delirium: How to Grow and Care for Orchid Plants. For a complete schedule, including presentation times, please visit www.beloexpo.com/betterliving/gardentheatre.htm.

In addition to presentations on the Garden Theater Stage, the show will also feature a variety of floral demonstrations in throughout the day by local and national floral experts. Presenters will show attendees the latest in floral design trends and give them practical ideas in floral arrangement, floral care, and design to put to use in their own homes and gardens. Featured presenters will include: Nathaniel Shell of Nathaniels Flowers, Etc., presenting Basics in Floral Design: Bringing Color into Your Home and Garden; Richard Sunshine, owner of Sunshine Miniature Trees, presenting Sunshine on Bonsai: The Art of Bonsai; and Ron Padgett, Events Coordinator for Dr. Delphinium Designs, presenting on Trends in Entertaining; as well as numerous others.

The Dallas Flower & Outdoor Living Show will also offer several cooking demonstrations and classes throughout the day in its Outdoor Cooking Area, set in an amazing outdoor kitchen. Noted speakers will include: Chef Sue Boyer and Bev McGuire of The Main Course; Chef Judie Byrd, founder of The Culinary School of Ft. Worth and author of Help: My Familys Hungry cookbook; Rene Peeters, chef and owner of Watels Bistro, presenting Watels famous EuroTex specialties of Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Chicken Breast, and Jumbo Shrimp with Marsue's Kitchen Jams andJellies; and Christy Rost, television personality, renowned chef, and author of The Family Table Cookbook; and others.

Show hours are Friday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.beloexpo.com/betterliving/gardentheatre.htm, or at the Dallas Convention Center, located at 650 S. Griffin St., on February 20-22.

Those who purchase tickets in advance on the website will receive $1 off adult admission price. Ticket prices are $8.00 for adults, children under 12 are free, and seniors (60+) are $6.00 on Friday only.

For exhibiting information, please call 214-977-4028. Additional information can be found at www.beloexpo.com. for additional information contact Valerie Gabriel-Swenson VGS Marketing Group, Inc. at 972-395-9034.
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