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Attendees mill about the plant sale at the 2018 Home and Garden Idea Fair. This year’s event is slated to have more than 30 vendors and nurseries taking part in the sale.

It’s that time of year for the Clark County Event Center to play host to an expo of all things domestic as Clark Public Utilities brings the 28th annual Home and Garden Idea Fair to Ridgefield this weekend.

From April 26-28 hundreds of local home and garden businesses will gather at the event center to showcase what they have to offer. Full-size landscape displays brought together by the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals and a slew of guest presentations sponsored by the Clark County Building Industry Association and the Clark County Think! Campaign were among the attractions listed by Clark Public Utilities in their announcement of this year’s iteration of the nearly three-decade-old event.

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Attendees peruse Cascade Greenhouse’s setup at the 2018 Home and Garden Idea Fair. Cascade will return for this year’s event alongside dozens of other vendors and nurseries.

More than 30 vendors and nurseries are slated to take part in the plant sale portion of the fair. The sale will be “selling everything from vegetable starts and local plants, to hanging baskets and garden art,” CPU’s release notes.  

The Salmon Creek Farmers Market will also host a rotation of its regulars as part of the sale.

Inside the exhibition hall, New Tradition Homes’ Innovation Home will return, showcasing the latest technology in home building and remodeling. CPU’s release noted that there will be a small accessory dwelling unit (ADU) available for tours as well. 

Something new this year is free trees to CPU customers, the utility’s spokesperson and idea fair organizer Heather Allmain stated in the release. She said the trees could be picked up either Friday or Saturday — those looking for a free tree are directed to reserve one at arborday.org/clarkpud where they also can find information on the best location for the new flora “to shade their homes, save energy and beautify their yards.” 

The free trees are part of a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.

Though admission to the idea fair is free, CPU will collect donations of non-perishable food items for local food banks or cash donations for the utility’s Operation Warm Heart, a program that provides heating assistance for families in financial crisis. Parking is $6 though there is free shuttle service from both the Fisher’s Landing and 99th Street transit stations.

The utility will also swap out old compact fluorescent light bulbs for safe recycling, giving away two LED bulbs per household in exchange.

Landscaping showcases

Creekside Crossing

Designer: JM Landscaping & Irrigation

“Enjoy the peaceful sound of the waterfall and creek as you cross over the bridge into a beautiful pentagon pergola. Relax and enjoy this peaceful outdoor living space. Outdoor living areas can become whatever you like; a space you are proud to enjoy with your family and friends.”

The Gathering

Designers: Boulder Falls Landscaping

“Visit our welcoming display built around friends and family. This display features sitting walls, an octagon pergola, premium artificial grass, and color changing yard lighting. When you’re hosting a small gathering of people this is the perfect setting to kick back, relax and enjoy each other’s company.”

Al Fresco

Designers: Northwest Outdoor Living and Landscapes

“With our display garden, our goal was to help inspire people to take advantage of our beautiful Northwest splendor by creating spaces that will ultimately extend their outdoor season. Your outdoor cover allows you to enjoy additional outdoors experiences on those occasional damp nights in the Pacific Northwest. Begin your evening by showing off your cooking prowess utilizing the built-in barbecue while serving up your favorite beverages to your guests as you set the mode for a beautiful evening. Afterward, enjoy the celestial skies, share stories and songs, and roast marshmallows with your younger guests while staying comfortable around a cozy raised fire pit.”

Outdoor Oasis

Designer: Greenhaven Landscapes, Inc.

“Come into the back yard where families and friends come together for barbecues, fun and socializing. Enjoy the rounded Pergola with its wood and metal mix of beauty. The bistro lights and fire pit let you enjoy the cool spring nights, to snuggle up around the fire. Enjoy the large birdbath bubbler water feature. Watch the water flow over the stunning three-tiered Vietnamese pots. Sit and relax and put the last week of work’s busy schedule behind you and relax the weekend away.”

Northwest LivingDesigner: Pars Landscape, Inc.

“This garden is designed for privacy with exceptional rock work and a paver patio to enjoy with family and friends. And because it is designed for low maintenance, you’ll have more time to sit and enjoy your backyard retreat.”

Cozy Corner

Designer: RW Landscaping

“Whether it’s a large extravagant water feature or a small bubbling rock, there is nothing like the sound of trickling water to wash away life’s little problems. Picture yourself enjoying that morning coffee or evening glass of wine in a peaceful relaxing environment.”

— Exhibit descriptions from Clark Public Utilities

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