Get inspired at Outdoor Living and Landscape Show

If you have spring fever, the Outdoor Living and Landscape Show this weekend at Century II is one way to hurry winter on out the door and get inspired to get going on the yard.

In its third year, the show has some new offerings for 2014: a pet pavilion, drawings for a $4,000 backyard makeover and for a Shocker fan package, and giveaways to the first 300 people in the door each day of the show: gardening gloves on Friday, a metal pot with a sunflower-seed disc on Saturday, and a 16-foot purple tape measure on Sunday.

The show will feature garden and outdoor landscaping displays and more than 100 booths in Expo Hall exhibiting services and products related to the yard, from decking materials to gardens to sitting walls to swimming pools to invisible fences for the dog.

“We’re doing more hardscape patios than what we’ve done,” Linden Johnson of Johnson’s Legacy Landscapes said of trends in landscaping. People looking for the sound and movement of water are liking low-maintenance bubbling boulders, he said.

This year’s show, which runs Friday through Sunday in Expo Hall, will feature a new pet pavilion where people can get information about creating a landscape for pets, including invisible fences. Pets available for adoption from the Kansas Humane Society will also make appearances from time to time during the show.

The show will have hourly seminars that will mainly be about gardening – and many with an eye to saving on water – but a couple of them will feature presentations about wildlife from the Great Plains Nature Center: at 7 p.m. Friday (comparing animals’ senses to humans’) and Saturday (a walk with wildlife).

Many garden clubs will be represented, celebrating favorite types of plants and garden subjects from herbs to hostas to roses to organic gardening to bonsai to ponds, and some will be doing mini demonstrations near their garden at the front door of the show.

Apart from gardening and lawns, outdoor living covers all kinds of things, from play forts to hot tubs to stone to grilling.

Visitors will be able to shop for plants and garden products and other outdoor-related items. Even parts of the garden displays, from structures to trees, will be for sale. Ask the people working at the booth if you’re interested in a purchase (and expect to pick up your goods at show closing Sunday).

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