Tour 12 Gardens of the World at the 87th Annual REALTORS’ Home & Garden Show in Milwaukee

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It’s time to leave winter behind and think spring. The 2011 REALTORS’ Home & Garden Show features the beauty of the season with lush greenery, fragrant flowers and rushing water. New this year, the show is showcasing 12 glorious international gardens from notable landscape artists, plus “green” gardening ideas, flower and garden presentations and expert tips for improving and updating the yard. This year’s show runs Friday, March 25, through Sunday, April 3, at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis.

It’s time to leave winter behind and think spring. The 2011 REALTORS’ Home & Garden Show features the beauty of the season with lush greenery, fragrant flowers and rushing water. New this year, the show is featuring 12 glorious international gardens from notable landscape artists, plus “green” gardening ideas, flower and garden presentations and expert tips for improving and updating the yard.

This year’s show runs Friday, March 25, through Sunday, April 3, at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis. The show is closed Monday, March 28, and Tuesday, March 29, but reopens Wednesday, March 30 for the remainder of the event’s run.

This year, the show will take visitors on a tour of gardens from around the world. Showgoers can enjoy 12 different garden showcases from Japan, Italy, Ireland, Germany, England and France. The Japanese gardens feature flowing waterfalls, native grasses, smooth stones and rich woods to promote meditation and tranquility. The English garden has a signature element – an herbaceous border, which is the tightly packed row of plants and flowers that form a mounded border in traditional English gardens. For those longing for Italy, the show includes a Tuscan retreat with a large wooden pergola, a rustic floor of paving stones and a fire pit to gather around and enjoy a fine glass of Italian wine.

With all the worldly inspiration, showgoers might be tempted to hop on a plane. Fortunately, attendees who visit the gardens of the world area will be eligible to win a three-night stay in Orlando for the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival (airfare allowance included).

Another exciting element of the 2011 show is the eco area that showcaes environmentally friendly landscape elements and energy-saving concepts, including green roofs, green walls, rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, composting, bee keeping, veggie gardening, solar LED lighting, native landscaping and low impact design. Experts will be available to answers questions and give green advice.

Throughout the show, garden topics will be showcased and demonstrated on the solutions stage. Highlights include Urban Gardening, Roses in the Landscape, Honeybees & Urban Beekeeping, Out-of-the-Ordinary Ingredients for Great Landscaping, Growing Trouble-free Tomatoes and many other great topics.

The REALTORS’ Home & Garden Show also features a Garden Market shopping boutique. Showgoers may browse wares from more than 20 area garden and specialty shops. Items in the Garden Market will include outdoor and indoor gardening décor items, such as gazing balls, wind chimes, birdbaths, garden markers and figurines. Shoppers can also find gardening supplies and tools, such as bulbs, flower and vegetable seeds, ratcheting pruners and adjustable rakes.

Regular admission is $8 for adults. Admission is free for children 12 and under. Visit the show web site, mkehgs.com, for a $2 coupon. Discounted admission cannot be combined with other discounts, coupons or special offers.

Sponsors of the 2011 REALTORS Home & Garden Show include Unilock, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Reinders.

For more information, call 414-778-4929 or visit http://www.mkehgs.com. For updates on our Facebook page, like us at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Home-Garden-Show/167355426615593.

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