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Home & Garden Show returns to capital – with Wellington App partnership

Over 200 exhibitors with displays and information about everything from flooring, mini avocado trees, drains and gutters, home financing, bathroom design, artists, sculptors, chocolate – and The Wellington App – will feature at the 2018 Wellington Home & Garden Show at Westpac Stadium this weekend.

From 10am Friday through to 4:00pm Sunday, exhibitors from around New Zealand will display innovative products, preview trends, offer expert advice, and supply many new home and garden ideas.

As well as competitions – including the Big Spender Show Prize Package valued at $15,000 – there will be savings for visitors with show-only specials promotions.

Children under 16 get free entry, and the popular children’s activity Paint a Pot will be back on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. There’s also the Springfree Family Zone with Springfree Trampolines (and someone will walk away at the end of the Show with a medium oval trampoline with accessories).

The Paint a Pot  event from 2017. Photo supplied.

Exhibitors will be coming to Wellington from across the country.

Flower and bulb supplier Kayne Gravitt was at the Home & Garden Show in Hawke’s Bay last weekend, and has “noseyed on down after that” to Wellington, from his home base in Waipu near Whangarei.

As manager of family business Bulbs Direct, he not only gets to boss his mother and father around, but has taken the Northland business into the direct consumer market over the last few years, after around 40 years as a supplier to the trade.

He’s a veteran of home and garden shows – this is his third year at the Wellington Home & Garden Show – and is looking forward to a very busy but exhilarating weekend.

While a lot of the business for Bulbs Direct is now online, nothing can compare getting face to face and making contacts with new customers.

Kayne Gravitt of Bulbs Direct. Photo by The Wellington App.

Gravitt  says the beauty of the show is having “tiny little businesses like ours” alongside huge nationwide building, decorating and gardening chains, and “the incredible array of ideas” on show.

While he only gets to have a look around at other stands before the show opens at 10:00am or after it closing time at 5:00pm, he can see how some visitors can easily spend a full day at the show, “particularly if you’re building a hone, or putting in a graden.”

Gravitt has seen a big surge in demand from home consumers for bulbs, and is always surprised by changing trends. So what’s hot at the moment?

“Dahlias have become very fashionable. Two years ago we were selling around 10,000 bulbs a year, now it’s around 50,000.”

Not far away from the Bulbs Direct stand near the entrance to the show, will be another small stand for The Wellington App. In full disclosure, as information partner for the event we have provided the Home & Garden Show with its own button on the App – a portal to a customised “App in App” that offers more information about the event, the exhibitors and site map, programme of events, and a gallery of images that we will be updating throughout the weekend.

You’ll be able to come and meet the small team behind The Wellington App, ask us any questions, find out how to get on the App, and pick up our promotional materials and Home & Garden event brochures. We’re on the right as you come in the entrance at Aisle 14, opposite the “Enter Here To Win” stands – come and say hi.

As well as exhibitors, the show includes specialist speakers, including resident builder Peter Wolfkamp (in the video below) of the television show The Block NZ, who will ponder To Build New or Detonate? in a one-off session (10:30am Sunday), as part of the Ask An Expert programme.

These free daily Q&A sessions will discuss home loans (What Your Bank Doesn’t Tell You; 10:30am), preparation and painting for sustainability (with Carolyn Atkinson of Resene; 11:30am), bathroom design (with Jeff Barnes of Bathroom Direct; 1:30pm), how to choose the right builder (with Scott Feasey of Scotty’s Construction; 2:30pm), and how to integrate home automation, music and video (with Hamish Guthery of Soundline Audio, 12:30pm on Fri and Saturday only).

The Wellington Home & Garden Show runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September, and from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday. Tickets are just $8:00 per day – unless you’re a senior, in which case you may want to visit on Friday, for the $4:00 over-65s special (bring your Gold Card). Tickets are available in advance here.

A limited number of visitor carparks are available below the main public walkway for $8 per day cash or $8.60 eftpos or credit card. Vehicle access is off Waterloo Quay. Disabled parking is available on the ground floor, price as above. Please ask car park security for help to get into the show.

See you there!

Ben Hawkey of Wellington design-led landscaping and outdoor care company Biome, which  will also be exhibiting at the Home & Garden Show. Photo by The Wellington App.