Don Engebretson is the Renegade Gardener. 


Don Engebretson, “the Renegade Gardener,” will be featured at the Eastern Iowa Home Improvement and Landscaping Show, Feb. 6-8.

He’ll join other seminar presenters, including Jacob Kvinlaug of Marshalltown, an expert on zero-net energy homes, at the 64th annual event at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in downtown Waterloo. Nearly 200 home improvement and landscape professionals will be present at the show.

Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 , 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8. . Admission is $6 for adults and children under 12 are free. Friday matinee admission is $4 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Co-sponsors are the Waterloo Exchange Club and Iowa Show Productions.

“Tbis is the place where people can come and compare products and get ideas, whether it’s putting on a new roof or siding or building a new home, making interior design changes, looking for new windows or landscaping your yard. There will be plenty of new products to look at, experts to talk to, interesting seminars to attend,” says Barb Miller of Iowa Show Productions.

Homeowners can consult with new home contractors and remodeling experts. Displays will feature exterior and interior products and projects, trends in home entertainment systems, geothermal systems, sun rooms, hot tubs and spas, fireplaces, home organizing systems and decking. Other exhibits will include kitchens, windows, doors, garages, real estate, insulation, furniture, carpeting, art, heating, cooling, cookware, asphalt, sewing, siding, security systems, vacuums, landscaped gardens, lawn tractors, mowers, chippers and more.

Kathy Flack and Katie Bell, interior designer members of the American Society of Interior Designers will showcase room designs.

Seminars planned are:

Zero Net Energy Homes, Jacob Kvinlaug, 4 p.m. Feb. 6 and 1 p.m. Feb. 7

Common Gardening Myths and the Mayhem They Cause, Don Engebretson, 5 p.m. Feb. 6 and 3 p.m. Feb. 7

Emerald Ash Borer Facts, Sheila Sartorius, 5 p.m. Feb. 6 and 2 p.m. Feb. 7.

Top 10 Gardening and Landscaping Blunders and How to Avoid Them, Don Engebretson, 7 p.m. Feb. 6, noon and 6 p.m. Feb. 7.

Kitchen Design Trends, Randy Herman, 11 a.m. Feb. 7.

Kitchen Design 101, Jenny Ferson, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

Homebuilding 101, Todd Redig, noon Feb. 8

Stages of Bath Design, Katie Bell, 1 p.m. Feb 8.

Pond Ideas for Your Yard, Bernd Wittneben, 2 p.m. Feb. 8.


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