Calgary Home + Garden Show: Building a Better Outdoor Living Space

Low maintenance drives many people looking for a comfortable outdoor space – artificial grass, built-in fire pits, accent lighting, patios

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The garden still slumbers under the winter cold; however, hibernation officially ends when the 2022 Calgary Home & Design Show returns to the BMO Centre, Stampede Park.


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The annual four-day show will be held from Thursday February 24 to Sunday February 27, featuring 250 exhibitors who will share ideas and inspiration for the home, inside and out. This includes a host of landscaping and gardening retailers and contractors who, like almost everyone, can’t wait for the smell of damp earth in the air and the first hit of greenery in the garden.

The terraced gardens create an impressive entrance to this house.
The terraced gardens create an impressive entrance to this house. Picture of Twisted Rock Terrascape /Postmedia

Twisted Rock Terrascape and Design has been a permanent exhibitor at the Calgary Home and Garden Show since 2013. Tim Free, president of the Okotoks-based landscaping company, expects show visitors to ask him questions about how to create a beautiful yard requiring the least maintenance.

“The trend this year is for maintenance-free landscaping. The busier our lives are, the less time people have to keep their gardens in good shape,” he says.

A major request from Twisted Rock customers in recent years is for a low-maintenance yard that also feels like a resort destination. They want a luxurious and modern outdoor space that is an extension of their indoor living space.

“Part of this involves incorporating artificial turf, built-in fire pits, accent lighting and large decks with a contemporary flair,” Free says.


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Fab Saghir from Blue Lake Contract , a landscape and design firm in Rocky View County, exhibited at the Calgary Home and Garden Show multiple times with a creative presentation that was one of the best at the show. This year’s exhibit will be a faux front yard showcasing the type of materials Blue Lake likes to work with.

“There are composite decking, aluminum railings, pavers, stackable bricks for flowerbeds, exterior finishes such as Hardie Board and a water feature. It will showcase a lot of the new maintenance-free products that are out there,” he says.

Saghir says a maintenance-free landscape is also a mainstream request, with some customers without a green thumb asking for outdoor silk plants instead of the real thing.


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“Often customers don’t know what they want, they just have an idea. They like their neighbor’s yard, for example, and want something similar. We can design whatever they want,” he says. “The home and garden show gives people a good idea of ​​who they’re hiring because usually the contractors they talk to at the show will be the ones doing the construction.”

According to Free, the most common question asked by clients is “how much will it cost to do my landscaping?”

“We answer questions from a wide range of people, from the new homeowner wanting advice on the best litter to use in flower gardens, to technical questions on large-scale projects. It’s a challenge to answer because that there are so many variables at play,” he says.

“Helping the DIYers is always a fun part of the show. If people want to recreate one of our designers themselves, we are happy to help. »

For a list of other garden and landscaping exhibitors, visit .



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