Home and Patio Show opens, a sign Spring is near

12:42 PM, Feb 17, 2011   |    comments
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SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- There is light at the end of the tunnel as winter hits it's home stretch.

"You could call this event the unofficial start of Spring," says Bobby Jensen, with KARE-11's Grow with Kare.

The Minnesota Home and Patio show opens Thursday and for many, represents a change in the seasons. The show features 400 exhibits showcasing home improvement ideas, gardening and landscaping.

The show brings together some of the State's best gardening and flower experts. Bobby Jensen will be presenting on various topics including "Great Plants, Tough Locations" which will educate show-goers on planting in places with clay, sand, and even shade.

There's also one expert that doesn't "beat around the bush."

"I want to give people tips using creative containers for plants and flowers," says Don Engebretson, also know as, "The Renegade Gardener."

He's got some shopping tips too.

"When you purchase terra cotta pots, turn it upside-down and flick it with your finger," he says. "If it doesn't ring like a bell, than it has a hairline fracture in it."

Plenty of tips and great ideas for inside and outside the home. The Minnesota Home and Patio show begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.

"The best part about it," chuckles Jensen. "Is that it smells like Spring, the earth, and flowers!"


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