TV host to offer ‘green’ perspective on landscape design

A landscape designer who hosts a pair of television shows will share his expertise in Red Deer next month.

A landscape designer who hosts a pair of television shows will share his expertise in Red Deer next month.

Carson Arthur, who appears on Global TV’s Room to Grow and HGTV’s Green Force, is scheduled to present at the Red Deer Home Show.

Organized annually by the Central Alberta branch of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, this year’s Home Show will run from Friday, March 16, to Sunday, March 18.

Arthur is known for environmentally friendly landscape designs. He also has his own lines of patio furniture and gardening tools, and operates a design business.

In Red Deer, he’ll take to the stage on Saturday and Sunday, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Also presenting will be Kim Lewis, an interior designer who works at Carpet Colour Centre in Red Deer. She’ll suggest ways to maximize your renovation dollars, and will speak on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Dave Turnbull, product development manager and sustainability director for the Landmark Group of Builders in Edmonton, will discuss the impact that homes have on the environment, and how we can lessen that impact — perhaps even saving money in the process. He’ll appear on Friday and Saturday at 4 p.m.

Jean-Guy Turcotte, a mortgage broker with Dominion Lending Centres Regional Mortgage Group in Red Deer, will share his thoughts on Central Alberta’s housing market and whether it’s a good time to buy. He’ll speak on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Dan Ouwehand, president of the Central Alberta branch of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, said Home Show organizers want to give attendees a mix of perspectives and topics.

“Hopefully, there’s something for everyone,” he said, adding that the objective is to provide value to those who stop by.

“We want to be a resource for information, so you can go to the Home Show and come away not only with some really good deals and ideas for your house, but also knowing a little bit more about how to proceed than when you came in.”

Last year, more than 500 exhibitors took part in the show — a figure Ouwehand expects will be matched this year.

“We’re getting really close to sold out.”

He’s also anticipating a good crowd. The Home Show typically attracts some 10,000 people from across Central Alberta, and Ouwehand believes the strengthening local economy is spurring many people to home ownership and/or improvement.

“I think this might be the year that a lot of people decide to finally go ahead and get on with the project they’ve been waiting on.”

The Red Deer Home Show hours will be noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult. Westerner Park parking charges will be in effect.

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