February 3, 2004

2nd Annual Dallas Flower & Outdoor Living Show to highlight renowned gardeners, floral & outdoor designers, & culinary experts

Dallas, TX --The second annual Dallas Flower & Outdoor Living Show, Dallas largest expo for the outdoor consumer, will be held February 20-22, 2004, at the Dallas Convention Center, featuring over 35,000 square feet of stunning indoor gardens, exclusive to the show, and over 150 exhibitors, offering everything from floriculture, professional landscaping services, and outdoor kitchens, to patio furniture, garden supplies, and backyard recreation. Sponsored by Central Market and The American Backyard, highlights of the show will include presentations by renowned horticulturalists Greg Grant, Dr. William Welch, and Howard Garrett, as well as a host of talented gardening, floral, and food experts. Attendees can take part in outdoor recreation activities, attend floral and outdoor design demos, select stems and create hand-tied bouquets in the fragrant Flower Mart, and catch outdoor cooking seminars by area culinary instructors and chefs. Additionally, each day the show will offer gardening-related crafts for kids, including clay pot painting, seedling planting, and other family-friendly activities.

Exhibiting the most expansive display of indoor landscaping in the North Texas area, the show will feature 15 exceptional gardens, ranging in size from 1,700 to 3,200 square feet, designed by some of the areas top landscaping firms. Designs will include: theme gardens, inspired by Japanese, French country, and native Texas design; a mining village, influenced by the Gold-rush era, complete with rustic storefronts; a tropical oasis with cascading waterfalls and grottos; an enchanted garden with a Medieval playhouse, featuring a working drawbridge and moat; winding streambeds and natural stone pathways; ornate redwood arbors and swings; a low-maintenance urban landscape with architectural sculptures; natural pools and streaming water gardens; modern kitchens, living areas, and fireplaces, perfect for outdoor entertaining; and tranquil meditation spaces.

Numerous outdoor recreation activities will be available at the show, including horseshoe lessons by The North Texas Horseshoe Pitching Club, a volleyball tournamentsponsored by the Champagne Volleyball Association, exhibition games sponsored by the Dallas Badminton Club and the Dallas Croquet Association, and a putting competition benefiting the North Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation. PGA golf professionals will also be on hand to provide complimentary putting lessons to attendees.

The expo will also host a live auction of six custom-built playhouses, designed by participating homebuilders and members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas, which will take place on Sunday, February 22, at 5:00 p.m. Created by Bailey Family Builders, Kimball Hill Homes, McCollum & Associates, Inc., McDowell Custom Homes, Inc., Mishler Builders, Inc., and George Davis & Associates, the playhouses 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.

Belo Expositions will also add a formidable new 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). Highlights from The NARI Home Improvement Neighborhood, 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.

Adding to the events will be a full schedule of presenters on the shows Garden Theater stage. Accomplished speakers will include: Greg Grant, horticulturist, garden writer, ornamental plant developer, lecturer, and farmer from Arcadia, Texas, presenting If You Cant Take the Heat, Stay Out of the Garden: Gardening in Hell and Blue Bells, Shotgun Shells, and Crown Tires All in a Row: Making a Cottage Garden; Dr. William Welch, Professor and Extension Landscape Horticulturalist at Texas A&M University and author of Perennial Garden Color, Antique Roses for the South, The Southern Heirloom Garden, and The Bountiful Cutflower Garden, presenting The Cut Flower Garden and The Southern Heirloom Garden; Howard Garrett, landscape architect, arborist, horticulturalist, broadcaster, and writer, better known as The Dirt Doctor, presenting Converting the World: The Natural Way; 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, presentingHow 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 Entertaining for the Outdoor Living Space; 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 times, please visit www.beloexpo.com/betterliving/schedule.htm.

The show will also feature a variety of floral and outdoor design demonstrations throughout the day on the Central Market Floral & Design Workshop Stage. Presenters will demonstrate the latest in floral and outdoor design trends and give attendees practical ideas in floral arrangement, plant care, and design to put to use in their own homes and gardens. Featured presenters will include: Cecilia Manouel, AIFD Floral Designer with Central Market and Texas Master Florist, presenting European Designs, Hand-Tied Bouquets, Tropical Arrangements, Romantic and Woodsy Looks, and How to Make Your Own Boutonnieres & Corsages; Gregory Westmoreland, Design Director from Apples to Zinnias, presenting Small Luxuries with Fabulous Flowers; Ron Padgett, Events Coordinator for Dr. Delphinium Designs, presenting Trends in Entertaining; Nathaniel Shell of Nathaniels Flowers, Etc., presenting Basics in Floral Design: Bringing Color into Your Home and Garden; Greg Hoppe, McShans Floral Designer and Texas Master Florist, presenting Vase Arrangements for the Home: Flowers in Glass; 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; Karen Ann Tompkins, feng shui consultant and instructor, presenting Feng Shui for the Garden; Richard Sunshine, owner of Sunshine Miniature Trees, presenting Being Creative With Bonsai: Elements of Care and Design; and Ann McCormick, herbal writer and speaker, presenting Herb Pot et Fleurs: An Artistic Combination of Living Plants and Fresh-Cut Flowers.

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 designed by Kooda Exteriors. Noted speakers will include: Linda McKay, Central Market Cooking School Staff Instructor and Master Gardener, preparing Herb Marinated Grilled Vegetables and Grilled Pineapple with Basil-Infused Syrup; Chef Sue Boyer of The Main Course, preparing Butterflied Lamb with Fresh Herbs & Kiwi Fruit Salsa, Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Tropical Fruit Salsa & Haitian Slaw, and Barbecue Chicken Kebabs with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Fresh Fruit Skewers; Chef Judie Byrd, founder of The Culinary School of Ft. Worth and author of Help: My Familys Hungry cookbook, presenting 20 Minutes From Grocery Bag to Dinner Table: Smoked Salmon with Mango Salsa; Rene Peeters, chef and owner of Watels Bistro, presenting Watels famous "Euro-Tex" specialties of Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Chicken Breast, and Jumbo Shrimp with "Marsue's Kitchen" Jams and Jellies; Larry Matson, Director of the Culinary Arts Program at the Art Institute of Dallas, preparing Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Jicama Slaw; and Christy Rost, television personality, renowned chef, and author of The Family Table Cookbook, presenting Sensational Backyard Suppers- Quick, Easy and Delicious: Pork Spareribs with Teriyaki Ginger Glaze, Served Over Couscous with Golden Raisins and Cranberries.

The Dallas Flower & Outdoor Living Show is produced by Belo Expositions and is presented by The Dallas Morning News, WFAA-TV Channel 8, Central Market and The American Backyard. Media sponsors include 103.7 KVIL, 107.5 KOAI, 98.7 KLUV, WILD 100.3, Home Improvement Dallas magazine, and House & Home magazine. 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, 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 additional information on the show, please visit www.beloexpo.com or call the show hotline at 214-977-2249. For exhibiting information, please call Ann McKinley at 214-977-4086 or email at amckinley@beloexpo.com.
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