PRO prepares for 40th Home & Garden ShowWritten by Julie Ryan | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Guests can escape the cold winter and take a walk in the park as they enter the Professional Remodelers Organization Home & Garden Show.
“For the first year, all the landscapers are down the center aisle,” said Reneé Mani, executive secretary at Professional Remodelers Organization (PRO). “All the landscapers are working together to create walkways and a park-like setting.”
The 2009 Home & Garden Show will be March 13, 14 and 15 at the SeaGate Centre and feature more than 15,000 square feet of landscaping displays from Toledo area companies, such as Select Stone Company, Oak Park Landscape and Water Garden Center, North Branch Nursery & Landscaping and Corsos Flower & Garden Center.
The former Toledo Home Remodelers Association changed its name to PRO in order to reflect its regional membership from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, according to executive director Mike Shobe.
“This year is our 40th anniversary, and we are doing more for the homeowners,” Mani said. “We are doing a million-dollar roll off, with a throw of the dice.”
After entering the home and garden show, guests can fill out entry forms for the Million Dollar Giveaway sponsored by Modern Builders Supply. Every hour, a name will be drawn, and at noon March 16, the 20 people selected over the weekend will roll the dice for a chance to win a $1 million. If someone spells “Modern” with their dice, they win, Mani said.
Michael Bonnar, an employee of Modern Builders Supply has been a member of PRO for 29 years. He works at the show, welcoming people and organizing volunteers.
“Our show is different than most because of the landscaping we have there,” he said. “We will have an entire aisle of waterfalls and potted plants. People come down and experience the smell of spring.”
Hatfield Lawn & Landscape donated a $2,500 landscape makeover package. Mani said guests can enter into the drawing at the show.
Flowers and plants will be on display and many can be purchased at the show.
Informational seminars and cooking demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend by some of Toledo’s landscape experts.
Carl Jara, a sand sculptor from Cleveland, will be at the event creating a sand sculpture. Sunday at 3 p.m., kids will be invited to “storm the castle and find hidden treasures,” Mani said.
Booths will showcase windows, siding, garage doors, basement waterproofing, patio rooms, cookware and interior decoration — everything people need to plan building projects, according to Mani.
ABC Supply Co. and Owens Corning are the major sponsors with co-sponsors Modern Builders Supply, Hatfield Lawn & Landscape, Buckeye Cable System and K100 Today’s Best Country, Shobe said.
Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and children 12 and under are free. Coupons for $1 off and seminar schedules can be found at www.hireaprotoday.com.
The show will take place at the SeaGate Centre on March 13 from 4 to 9 p.m.; March 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and March 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.