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Home & Garden Show welcomes HGTV architect/designer, master gardener to 51st annual event

Whether your passion is home improvement or achieving gardening greatness, the 51st annual Red River Valley Home & Garden Show brings two first-rate experts to your back door Feb. 24-26. HGTV hosts John Gidding (Curb Appeal: The Block) and William Moss (Dig In) will share their expertise during seminars that cover bumping up your home's attractiveness, mastering container gardens and successfully growing fruits and veggies.

In a seminar titled "Behind the Scenes Secrets from HGTV's Curb Appeal: The Block," Gidding shares detailed dish from fan-favorite projects, covering everything from hidden obstacles, to money-saving tips and more. A second session titled "Tips for Improving Your Home's Curb Appeal" gives attendees tried-and-true tricks he has used to guide homeowners through projects that instantly make their homes more attractive.

Gidding presents at home, garden and flower shows across the nation. Born in Istanbul, he attended American schools in Turkey and Switzerland before entering Yale University, where he received a bachelor's degree in architecture. He also earned a master's degree in architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Before beginning his career in television, Gidding was previously a fashion model and worked the runways for Armani and Gucci. He has also appeared on HGTV's "Designed to Sell." As owner of the New York City-based John Gidding Design Inc., he has done numerous residential renovations there and around the country.

Moss's seminar, "Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardens," will show attendees how to bring the taste of homegrown freshness to their gardening experiences. Divided into two parts, the first seminar shares tips and techniques for growing fruits and vegetables; the second covers selecting the best plants and varieties for this area. His other two-part topic, titled "Best Container Plants for Food & Flowers," will address proper plant selection and care for growing containers.

Moss was raised in South Carolina and now lives in Chicago. He graduated from Northwestern University, went on to teach sixth grade, and later completed the Chicagoland Master Gardeners program which led to a career as a horticultural educator for the Chicago Botanic Garden. Moss uses landscaping know-how and his charming personality to engage, educate and entertain audiences with relevant, informative content. In addition to his HGTV gig, Moss has appeared on the Discovery Channel, TLC, CBS's The Early Show and on QVC.

Home and Garden Show hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Feb. 26.

Gidding's seminars will run Friday and Saturday, while Moss's seminars will be Saturday and Sunday.

Other show activities will include: platinum sponsor Accent Kitchen & Bath offering kitchen and bath seminars for consumers; a playground with childcare offered by the YMCA of Cass & Clay Counties and North Dakota State University's Human Development and Family Science Club; and a Kids' Workshop presented by Home Depot on the mezzanine level, above the lobby, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Feb. 26, noon - 4 p.m.

Entrances on the east and west sides of the Fargodome will be open for consumer convenience.

Visit or see the show guide for a complete seminar schedule. Show guides were also published in The Forum Feb. 19 and are available at all Hornbacher's stores. Admission is $8; $1-off coupons are available in the show guides and at Two-for-one admission specials will be 3-5 p.m. Friday, 9-11 a.m. Saturday and 3-5 p.m. Sunday ($1-off admission coupon not valid during two-for-one hours).