Home and Garden Events in Lexington, KY and the Hamburg Pavilion in Lexington over the month of April 2016:

APRIL 1 – 3

The Central Kentucky Home and Garden Show at the The Lexington Center / Heritage Hall. Find everything for your home and garden at the 41st annual Central Kentucky Home and Garden Show, including: gardens; landscapes and water features; home and garden professionals; kitchen and bath trends; local contracts and remodelers; flooring and window treatments; outdoor living, pools, and spas. There will also be an art, gift and gourmet center including KY Proud Products and interactive kids activities.

Celebrity guests this year include Jeff Lewis, as seen on Bravo’s Flipping Out, and Brian Santos, “The Wall Wizard.”

“Having developed some of the most coveted homes in Los Angeles, Jeff Lewis has earned the title of America’s most well-known house flipper by creating a brand of properties that are in harmony with interior and exterior living spaces.”

Santos, a fourth-generation painting contractor and author of best-selling how-to books, uses demonstrations in his television appearances and how-to’s for industry giants like Sherwin-Williams, Imperial Wall coverings, Home Depot and Lowe’s to create wall magic whether it be with paint, paper, or fabric. Over a more than 25 year touring career, Santos has developed a series of “Wizard Workshops” that educate and empower audiences with simple tips, tricks, and techniques to help them tackle projects around the house with confidence.”

For the first year ever, there will also be the New Product Zone, a display of all the newest products to help you around the house and make everyday tasks easier.



Mushroom Inoculation Workshop at HomeGrown HideAways in Berea at 1 pm. “Spend an afternoon at the farm and learn how to grow your own mushrooms then stick around for a potluck dinner. The workshop will be limited to 20 people, but the potluck and camping are open to anyone. The workshop will run from approximately 1 pm to 5 pm  with the potluck starting shortly after.



The Annual Plant Auction is at the Fayette County Extension Office on Red Mile Road. The Kentucky Christmas Tree Association’s 12th Annual Plant Auction will be held 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m at the Fayette County Extension Office front parking lot, 1140 Red Mile Place.  A variety of annuals, perennials, balled and burlapped trees and shrubs will be for sale.  A portion of the proceeds will be used to provide one or more scholarships for students majoring in Forestry or related sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky.  For further information call 859 223-1140.


APRIL 13 – 17

The Cincinnati Flower show is at Yeatman’s Cove Park, Cincinnati. The first and only North American show endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society, which presents the Chelsea Flower Show in England. The Cincinnati Flower Show includes garden and floral exhibits, lectures by celebrity guests, and special events. The show also exhibits signature floral displays, horticultural pavilions, urban spaces, and table settings. Additionally, there will be unique container gardens, window boxes, and a marketplace to provide attendees with innovative ideas.

In addition to the numerous garden, floral, and urban space exhibits, there will be special events each day. The Fine Food Show, which will be running the entire week, will be an opportunity to sample and purchase a variety of fresh produce from Findlay Market’s local vendors.

On Wednesday, April 13, there will be an Ask the Experts Box Luncheon with Ron Wilson and Rita Heikenfeld. Thursday will feature Lunch and Learn with Sharon McGukin and a wine tasting with the Cincinnati Pops. Friday, April 15 is Ladies Day, a tribute to the arrival of spring, including food, floral displays and shopping.

Saturday, April 16 is also packed with events, including a reception and luncheon with author Andrea Wulf, a bourbon tasting with Molly Wellman, and Spring Fling with dance group The Naked Karate Girls.



Arbor Day Party for the Planet mini-event at William Wells Brown Elementary School. “The Arboretum is partnering with William Wells Brown (on Earth Day!) to help connect students to nature and to educate about the importance of plants, trees, soil and water. They are looking for no-cost static and/or interactive displays and exhibits for both of these events, as well as volunteers to help.”



Perennials for Connoisseurs at the Fayette County Extension Service on 1140 Red Mile Pl at 6:30 pm. “An introduction to many choice, harder to find, perennial delights. Will cover their culture and care and send you home with a generous assortment (8-10) of these less common gems. Try not to condescend when your gardening friends ask, “What in the world is that?” Plants will be bare root divisions or small plugs and need immediate planting or potting. Remember that many of the classes are limited; register early to assure a spot in the class. Call the Fayette County Extension, (859) 257-5582, to inquire about the status of classes before registering.


APRIL 29 – 30

Rockcastle River Trading Company Spring Open House with Jon Carloftis in Livingston, KY. RRTC is freshening up the place with all-new look and feel. Join for informal talks, tours, and lots of new products. No registration required. For more info, call 606.843.0854.



Celebrating 25 years of Arbor Day, The Arboretum hosts Party for the Planet at 10 am on Saturday, April 23. The event starts with the proclamation of Arbor Day and continues through noon with special events and exhibitions.


This article also appears on page 21 of the April 2016 printed edition of the Hamburg Journal. 

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