Carson Arthur, a perennial Home Show favourite, is back! The expert that Cityline and HGTV trust to make their outdoor spaces camera-ready is bringing his signature style and smile to the Home Show stage for all the best insider tips on getting your home and garden ready for spring. Carson knows best when it comes to renovating, this seasoned veteran is sharing the best spots in your home to renovate, meaning you’ll know exactly where to put your time and money, saving you both! He’ll also venture outdoors, making sure everyone knows exactly what NOT to do with your lawn and garden.
His Top 10 No-No’s for Outdoor Reno’s is a must for anyone at the show looking to spruce up the outdoors in the right way. Don’t miss Carson on Thursday and Friday of the Home and Garden Show!
Carson Arthur will be presenting on the Main Stage Thursday, March 22nd from 5:30pm - 6:30pm & Friday, March 23rd from 2:30pm-3:30pm & 5:30pm-6:30pm.
Carpenter Chris Palmer isn’t just known for his work on HGTV, Canada's Handyman Challenge, Income Property, Open House Overhaul and Backyard Builds, he’s also one of the stars of this year’s Home & Garden Show stage! Chris is bringing his keen creative eye and unique style to you weekend warriors who are ready to get your spring started! His ideas for wallet-friendly projects are exactly the kind of inspiration you need to kick-start the season and make your home beautiful on a budget.
Chris Palmer will be presenting on the Main Stage Saturday, March 24th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm.
Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault,
DIY & LIFESTYLE EXPERT
Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault is your design spirit guide at this year’s Ottawa Home & Garden Show. Her expertise, honed through her work with Rust-Oleum, Urban Barn and Cityline, has the power to bring inspiration, innovation, and fun into your home all while keeping on trend and on budget! Whether it’s helping you find your style through the tenants of design or walking you through all the hottest trends for your home in 2018, Leigh-Ann will make you feel just as savvy and stylish as she is!
Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault will be presenting on the Main Stage Saturday, March 24th from 3:00pm - 4:00pm & Sunday, March 25th from 11:00am -12:00pm & 1:30pm-2:30pm.
Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton
Imagine having years of gardening experience and expertise right at your fingertips! The Master Gardeners are a team of green thumbs who are as passionate about gardening as they are about sharing their passion with this year’s Ottawa Home & Garden Show. Let your imagination and creativity bloom with the guidance of plant and flower experts Fran Dennett and Diane McClymont Pierce. They have all the tips and wisdom you need for bringing your indoor and outdoor plants to life and keeping them that way!
Master Gardeners will be presenting on the Main Stage Thursday, March 22nd from 2:30pm - 3:30pm & Friday, March 23rd from 4:00pm-5:00pm.
Deirdre Jorssen isn’t afraid to be bold and wants you to be too! One of Ottawa’s top kitchen and bathroom designers, she is passionate about bringing colour and creativity to any space, with taste! Join Deirdre as she explores the best ways to bring exciting and stylish elements into your home and break free from the beige.
Deirdre Jorssen will be presenting on the Main Stage Saturday, March 24th from 4:30pm - 5:30pm & Sunday, March 25th from 12:30pm-1:30pm.
Sue Pitchforth of Décor Therapy is here to ring in the spring! Her award-winning designs and décor are known far and wide, and she’s bringing all of that inspiration and expertise to the Ottawa Home & Garden Show. She’s showing show-goers how to create an “Outdoor Room”, one of spring’s hottest trends! Make sure you catch Sue on our stage, this interactive presentation will leave you inspired and eager to bring out the best in your outdoor space.
Sue Pitchforth will be presenting on the Main Stage Sunday, March 25th from 3:00pm - 4:00pm.
All Things Home Panel
All Things Home is a treasure trove of information and expert knowledge for everything about your home and garden, a match made in heaven for this year’s show! President Anita Murray has assembled a crackerjack team of panelists for what is sure to be the most informative and essential talk on outdoor spaces and how to maximize their potential like the pros.
The All Things Home Panel will be presenting on the Main Stage on Saturday, March 24th from 1:30pm-2:30pm.
MODERATOR - ANITA MURRAY
President of All Things Home, a free online resource all about homes and gardens in Ottawa, Anita is a veteran journalist and the former Homes Editor at the Ottawa Citizen. She has covered the housing industry since 2011.
Founder of Gardening By Design, Mary-Anne has over 30 years of experience in garden cultivation and outdoor design. Growing up in the countryside as one of 12 siblings, she’s always gravitated towards the outdoors. She has exceptional abilities for creating natural spaces that flow effortlessly. Her experience ranges from personal green spaces to vast commercial sites, and she has developed an eye for the shape and placement of natural and hard elements. Gardening and design is an organic practice for her — a chance to reconnect with her roots — and to give space and purpose to plant life.
Ed is the founder and president of Hansen Lawn and Gardens Ltd., which was established in 1988 and has won Top Choice Award for 2018 in the landscaping industry. Ed's passion and commitment are insurmountable, and he has made a tremendous impact on the industry through his involvement with various organizations and his contributions to education. He is an active member of Landscape Ontario, the past president of Landscape Ontario’s Ottawa Chapter and a member of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.
Cindy is passionate about plants, so much so that she left a successful IT career more than 15 years ago to become a horticulturist and landscape designer. Her business, Beyond the House, is inspired by European-style garden centers and includes a florist and gift shop, greenhouses, beautiful nursery area, and a landscape design, maintenance and installation division.