Gussy up greens and dress up your domicile with today's Groupon: for $8, you get two tickets to the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors (GMAR) Home & Garden Show in West Allis. Tickets are valid for any one of the following days:
- Friday, March 25, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday, March 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 30, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Thursday, March 31, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday, April 1, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday, April 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors Home & Garden Show doles out domestic advice and sells decorative dollops to do-it-yourself Wisconsinites. Atop its solutions seminar stage, experts present a mélange of pragmatic pointers to homeowners, whereas the cooking patio stage hosts demonstrative kitchen connoisseurs such as gourmet grilling gurus Mad Dog & Merrill. Green thumbs and garden gnomes spice up outdoor spaces with the on-site garden market, a shopping area that showcases the latest lawn ornaments, pottery, plants, and tools. For antiques, art, and collectables, Milwaukee Public Television will help empty abodes in the adoption process, giving advanced screening of items to be sold at the Great TV Auction.
Admission for children 12 and under is free.
The Realtors Home & Garden Show
Every year, a crew of landscapers draws on a palate of bricks, wood, and water, as well as foliage and flowers, to fashion sweeping terraces and murmuring aquatic features. This year, in its 88th iteration, The Realtors Home & Garden Show explores the hours of the day through designs focused on facilitating morning meditation, afternoon cookouts, and evening film screenings. One installation rises from the work of international chalk artist Julie Kirk Purcell, who teases the eye with mural of a chalk garden that seems to leap in three dimensions from the floor of the convention hall.
Chatter drifts to the model patios and gardens from more than 250 exhibitors and vendors, who showcase home-improvement and landscaping techniques alongside designers of windows, cabinetry, fences, and saunas. A culinary area stands out from the rows of home wares with daily demonstrations from five chefs, including some nominated for James Beard awards. The sessions focus on topics including plating, raw food, and French dishes, all using organic ingredients from local farms. Nearby, a market bustles with guests toting potting supplies, gardening tools, and makeup kits for vain scarecrows. Outdoor furniture begs to perch on patios alongside lawn ornamentations that hint at European and Asian art traditions or highlight work by local artisans.