Originally published April 16, 2008 at 12:00 AM | Page modified April 25, 2008 at 12:05 PM


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Everett Home & Garden Show opens Friday

Does your garden need resuscitation after the long winter? Is your living room or kitchen looking drab and uninspired? The solutions to these...

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The Everett Home & Garden Show

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Comcast Arena at Everett Events Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett

Tickets: $7 adults, $6.50 seniors; children 16 and younger free


Does your garden need resuscitation after the long winter? Is your living room or kitchen looking drab and uninspired?

The solutions to these and many more domestic dilemmas may be as close as a visit to the Everett Home & Garden Show.

Visitors will be able to rub shoulders with gardening and building experts and remodeling professionals, and attend seminars on such subjects as organic products, room redesign and solar energy.

"One nice thing about a home show is that it has wide appeal," said event organizer Jim Ashe. "Young couples in their mid-20s up to senior citizens."

The show aims to offer the latest information and products in home construction, interior and exterior design, gardening and landscaping. Many companies represented are based in Snohomish County.

Steve Smith, owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville, will tackle lawn and garden questions; Eric Teegarden will discuss the pros of solar power for the home. Renowned kitchen-remodeling guru and five-star chef J. Warren is among the speakers.

The Snohomish County chapter of the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals will share ideas for exterior floral and water features. There will be information on the latest in outdoor furnishings, paint, energy-efficient windows and appliances.

And if you're feeling in a funk whenever you hang out in the living room, den or office, you'll be able to get ideas from a feng-shui expert.

For those with a wall that screams for an exciting touch, one possibility is a mural. Artist Andy Eccleshall, who owns The Mural Works in Edmonds, will demonstrate mural painting at the show.

Originally from the United Kingdom, where he got his start as an illustrator, Eccleshall has been working as a muralist for 14 years. The process involves an initial consultation, then planning, design and painting, Eccleshall said.

While the price varies depending on the size of the mural and level of detail and difficulty, a smaller work can start at around $800, but a more elaborate, large-scale mural can cost more than $10,000.

While customers often have a theme in mind for a mural, Eccleshall also works with clients to brainstorm ideas best for the space and for their home.

"Sometimes it's a big, empty wall and they want to know what to do with it," said Eccleshall, whose paintings have included aquatics, landscapes, animals, figures, pastoral and historical scenes, trompe l'oeil and more.

"A mural should be the backdrop to the house," he said. "It should complement it, not be the main feature."

Visitors to the show also will be able to learn how to create interest on a patio or deck — starting with a luxury set of patio furnishings that will be given away at the show, courtesy of Backyards of Mount Vernon. Home chefs can also enter a drawing to win a $7,000 dream kitchen from Judd and Black of Marysville.

One big trend that Ashe, the event organizer, is seeing on the home-and-garden front is likely a byproduct of the slowing real-estate market. "People," he said, "are a lot more interested in working on the home that they have."

The Everett Home & Garden Show is one way for the budget-minded to mine for creative ideas for investing in their existing living space, he said.

"In the past, if people wanted to improve their homes it might be because they wanted to sell," Ashe said. "Now they are more likely to want to fix it up themselves. Our show offers opportunities to do that for a lot less."

An article published April 16, 2008 was corrected April 25, 2008. A previous version previewing the Everett Home & Garden Show incorrectly referred to Eric Teegarden as one of the PUD's three commissioners. Teegarden is not a Snohomish County Public Utility District commissioner.

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