Marnie Oursler to appear at House & Garden Show

Betsy PickleOur Town Outdoors

Spring always feels closer once the Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show opens its doors. The 2019 edition runs Friday-Sunday, Feb. 1-3, at the Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St.

The Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show showcases trends in home improvement, landscape design and décor and brings in national and local experts to speak on home improvement, food and more. Grand Gardens created by area experts provide inspiration and escape. More than 200 vendors will happily let attendees browse their wares.

This year boasts a full lineup of entertainment and activities for the entire family.

Jennie Andrews

On the How-To Stage, presented by Discovery, experts from HGTV and DIY Network will share their favorite tips for home improvement, interior design and gardening.

Marnie Oursler, president of Marnie’s Custom Homes, host of HGTV’s “Dream Home 2018” and star of DIY Network’s “Big Beach Builds,” will present on fast, easy and inexpensive ways to boost home value at 12:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Jennie Andrews, a video producer, stylist and ‘DIYer’ at, will share “A Messy Girl’s Guide to a Decluttered Home” at 12:15 p.m. Friday and 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

Jeff Ross

Blackberry Farm Farmstead School manager and artisan chef Jeff Ross will present “Eating Between the Rows” on the Dine & Design Stage at 2 p.m. Saturday. With more than a decade of experience in the gardens at Blackberry Farm, Ross will share his unique approach to garden-to-table dining.

A&B Distributors will also be there to showcase the best of East Tennessee cuisine – from Benton’s bacon and local cheeses to grits in all their glory. Blake Pavlis from A&B will be on the Dine & Design Stage at 11:15 a.m. (cheeses) and 3:30 p.m. Friday (Benton’s); 11:45 a.m. Saturday (Benton’s); and 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday (grits at both).

Daniel Tiger

Two popular PBS characters – Daniel Tiger and Bob the Builder – will meet and greet youngsters at Creation Station. Kids 12 and under are admitted free and can enjoy entertainment just for them all weekend. Daniel Tiger will be on hand 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Sunday, and Bob the Builder will show off his firm grip 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Larsen Jay

Knox County Commissioner Larsen Jay (at large, Seat 10), founder and CEO of Random Acts of Flowers, will speak at 3 p.m. Sunday on the How-To Stage about “The Healing Power of Flowers.” The multitudes of flowers he received during his hospitalization after a near-fatal fall in 2007 gave Jay the idea to create Random Acts of Flowers, which recycles floral arrangements and delivers them to people in health-care facilities who need something uplifting in their situation.

Show hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The show is Dogwood Arts’ biggest fundraiser of the year, and tickets are $10 per day for adults, $8 per day for age 65+ and free for kids 12 and under.

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