Spring has dawdled in getting to Central Kentucky, but expect it to be in full bloom when the Central Kentucky Home, Garden and Flower Show opens Thursday.
This year, the home improvement displays at Heritage Hall and Rupp Arena will be segmented into major categories, which consulting show manager Doug Hart said "could be a weekend show in itself."
"We felt we better needed to target our audience: homeowners needing to landscape or remodel," Hart said.
The segmenting of the show "just gives much more depth and variety," Hart said. "It forces us to be more organized, and offer a better product to the visitors."
The segments include:
■ "The Remodeling Showcase," sponsored by LG&E/KU, which includes painting tips, deck and skylight installation and other remodeling projects.
■ "Small Space Gardens," presented by Meade Concrete Products, will offer landscaping advice, products and design ideas.
■ "Kitchen and Bath Showcase" will display trends in lighting, cabinets and energy-saving appliances.
■ The "Green Zone," presented by GreenGuide Sustainable Living in the Bluegrass, will showcase green and environmentally friendly products.
■ "Outdoor Living Market" will feature producers from the Lexington Farmers Market as well as gardening tools, outdoor products such as Kentucky bourbon barrels and plants and landscape offerings from Springhouse Gardens.
■ "What's Up in Rupp," presented by the Better Business Bureau, includes silent auction items donated by BBB-accredited businesses. Stonemasons from the Dry Stone Conservancy will build a dry-laid stone pillar during the show. Students and faculty from the University of Kentucky's department of landscape architecture will exhibit an "urban environment" landscape.
Jane Wooley, executive director of the Dry Stone Conservancy, said that dry stone masons will be on site throughout the show "building features that are typical of early Kentucky, which includes a pillar often found at the entrance to farms. We'll also be building a sitting wall ... and some other segments of free-standing rock fence of the different types that are found in Kentucky."
The Dry Stone Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving dry-laid stone structures and to promoting the craft.
■ "Outdoor Living Showcase" includes a 2,400-square-foot display from Nature's Expressions.
Hart said that one of the best things about a home and garden show is that people get to talk to business owners and contractors face to face.
"The great thing about a show ... is that you're pretty much assured of meeting the owner of a business," he said. "There's a lot of trust that goes into hiring a contractor. You can start at a show."
IF YOU GO
Central Kentucky Home, Garden & Flower Show
When: April 4-7
Hours: 5-9:30 p.m. April 4-5; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. April 6; noon-6 p.m. April 7
Where: Lexington Center, 430 W. Vine St.
Admission: $8 at the door, free for children 14 and younger with paid adult admission. Coupons for a $2 discount are offered online at CKYhomeshow.com (click on "Visitors"), on the front of the home show's insert in the March 31 edition of the Herald-Leader and on the front page of the April 5 edition of the Herald-Leader.
Learn more: CKYhomeshow.com