The South Bay Home & Garden Show launched its 36th season January 10 – 12 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Free admission, an economy conducive to home improvements, and more than 350 booths with savvy vendors helped boost attendance 20 percent over last year, estimated Mike Spanton and Joe Milligan, show producers since 2012.
“You get to talk face to face with contractors and comparison shop in one day under one roof,” says Milligan. “These are the go-getters of the industry, and they’ll work hard at your house.”
James DeYoung at A. Dariano Construction (adarianoconstruction.com) will even draw up a free architectural design for your remodeling project with no obligation. All Natural Stone (www.allnaturalstone.com) boasts the largest selection and widest variety of tile and counter slabs in the Bay Area.
Landscape designer Aimee Ruskewicz at the family-owned Bamboo Giant—visit their 15 acres of bamboo in Aptos (www.bamboogiant.com)—shares that studies show that gardens relieve stress. Their instant bamboo hedges, which come with installation and a guarantee, provide stress relief for travelers at San Francisco International Airport and Oracle’s Larry Ellison. Bamboo Giant helped launch the beautiful bamboo garden at Foothill College in Los Altos.
“My bears have supported me for 30 years,” says chainsaw sculptor Glen Sievert, who uses a chainsaw to carve redwood bears (www.chainsawart.net) for gardens. He even sculpts old tree stumps into bears on site.
Catch the next Home & Garden show February 28 – March 2 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Visit www.WorldClassShows.com or Facebook for details.