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Home show welcomes yard improvement speakers

Todd Wienmann

Now in its 23rd year, the show will display a wide array of exhibits under one roof. See booths featuring contractors, flooring, siding, spas, windows, water purification, decks, heating/air conditioning, interior decorating and design, kitchen and bath design, cabinetry, plumbing, garages, basements and more. The event's platinum sponsor is Accent Kitchen & Bath and silver sponsor is Budget Blinds of Fargo.

Both days of the show, attendees can take part in seminars on gardening, yard improvement and kitchen and bath trends.

On Friday, Cass County Extension Horticulture Agent Todd Weinmann will address winterizing gardens and tips to make your garden healthier. He will also cover planting of and care for garlic, tulips and other hardy bulbs. Weinmann has worked for North Dakota State University for eight years with bachelor's and master's degrees in horticulture.

The two Fall Garden Cleanup seminars have been scheduled for 12:30 and 5 p.m. on Friday.

Attendees will learn how to winterize their gardens and prepare it for next spring and the seminars will include timely tips that will make your garden healthier.

Also on Friday at 3:30 p.m., Weinmann will be providing another presentation on Planting and Care for Garlic, Tulips and Other Hardy Bulbs

Discover the joy of growing garlic varieties that do well in the region; plus learn how to plant and care for garlic, tulips and other hardy bulbs in the northern climate.

Horticulturist, Landscape Designer and Author Joel Karsten of Roseville, Minn., will speak on Saturday, covering landscape lighting and its ability to add night beauty to your home as well as improve nighttime safety and security; composting through all four seasons; creating outdoor focal points including water features, specialty lighting, art and sculpture applications; and designing/building an outdoor fireplace for a northern climate.

He has a bachelor's degree in horticulture science and is a Certified Nursery Professional through the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. Adding to his academics, Karsten's childhood was spent on a tree nursery and crop farm in southwestern Minnesota.

"Gardening is in my blood," he said. "The knowledge through lifelong lessons gained from spending time with my grandma, Josephine, and my father, 'Big' Glen, far surpass what I learned in school."

Specifically, Karsten will present a seminar at 10 a.m. on Saturday based off the topic "Creating an Outdoor Room."

Learn how to turn your backyard into the dream space you have always envisioned with dozens of take away design ideas and fundamental principles to make your project successful.

Join the discussion on plans for creating outdoor focal points including water features, specialty lighting and art and sculpture applications; particular attention will focus on designing and building an outdoor fireplace for a northern climate.

Karsten will also be talking about "Composting for All Seasons" on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.

Is there anything that compost doesn't help? Attend this seminar and learn everything you'll need to know to become your neighborhood's "king of composting." Compost bins use naturally occurring soil microorganisms to break down organic material like yard and garden debris and kitchen scraps.

Karsten's last seminar will focus on "Landscape Lighting" on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Learn the basics of effective landscape lighting, allowing your home to take on a special type of night beauty and improve nighttime safety and security at the same time! Hear Karsten's perspective on this topic and learn the "tricks of the trade" based on his training and years of experience.

Accent Kitchen & Bath will also be offering seminars each day on kitchen and bath remodeling trends and products and materials to add value to your kitchen and bath while staying within your budget.

Check as the show nears for a seminar schedule, or pick up the show guide available at Hornbacher's.

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity will offer kids projects throughout show hours allowing children to construct projects provided by Lowe's Home Improvement.

Admission is $3. Parking is free and convenient. Children younger than age 14 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Look for a $1-off admission coupon in the show guide available at and at Hornbacher's.

New two-for-one admission hours will run 2 to 5 p.m. Friday ($1-off admission coupon not valid during this time).

Call (701) 232-5846 or visit for more information on exhibiting in the show.

The HBA of F-M is a non-profit trade association of just under 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its mission is to provide quality services, benefits and education to members and the community while representing the collective interests of the home building industry. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and the Fall Home Show.