Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Victoria Home Expo fills three rinks at West Shore Parks and Recreation Centre

Colwood recreation centre home show offers more than 500 vendors starting Friday

Decorating a patio for spring can be daunting when perusing all the options available.

The team from GardenWorks hopes to help people learn to create the best patio with the space available. GardenWorks is among those offering expertise at the Victoria Home Expo this weekend at West Shore Parks and Recreation.

In a 10-foot by 10-foot booth, Chris Jones, Colwood store manager, will display two patio setups.

“If you have a condo, that space will show you what you can do,” Jones said, explaining that people with larger areas to work with can just add to the ideas. “With the love of outdoor living people are spending more time on their patios entertaining. Around here there are many people living in condos or houses with small yards.”

The patio display will showcase an edible patio loaded with potted blueberries, strawberries, herbs, citrus fruits and olives. The other option on site will be a modern contemporary patio with beautiful pottery filled with foliage and flowers.

Summer gardening can be done anywhere, explained Johnson, adding that collapsable planters can be used for potatoes and tomatoes.

“They can be folded down and stored during the winter,” she said. “But, you can grow vegetables in anything.”

Staff  at the show will talk to people about planning seasonal or year round patin set ups.

“In the winter blueberry plants are very colourful,” Jones said.

The ideas at the home show can also be extended for people with more space to work with, adds the store manager.

More than 500 home improvement experts are already booked for the 2013 Victoria Home Expo. Over 300 exhibits, Design Theatre and numerous ‘mega booths” are slated to fill the three rinks at West Shore Recreation Centre April 19 to 21.

“Our mission is to have the most complete selection of home products and services at one location on Vancouver Island for three days in 2013” said Doug Hope, president, Evergreen Exhibitions. “We will have the newest from up to 500 decorating, designing, renovation, building, and home improvement experts from every field imaginable. The show also includes many green exhibits. We are confident that the show will be the ultimate one-stop shop for Victoria and island home owners.”

The show runs from April 19 to 21. Doors are open Friday from 1 to 9 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5.