2018 Gardening Show


Attendance at the Annual Gardening Show has grown on average 30% per year. It's a destination event, and people spend the entire day with us trading seeds and bulbs, attending seminars and demonstrations, and purchasing items to enhance their gardening experience. In 2012, 1,300 hardy souls braved snowy roads to attend the Show; in 2013, 2,000 people joined us for the day. In 2015, we got off to a dicey start weather-wise in the morning, but despite road closures, 1,900 avid gardeners came to enjoy the day. That number was again surpassed in 2017 with 2,500 folks making the trek to Porter County to get a jump on the gardening season. To accommodate the growing attendance, in 2015 we added a third building at the Expo Center which we call The Happening Place. More vendors and exhibitors, more demonstrations, our annual photo contest, and fun for the kiddos in that great space--not to mention the region's largest seed and bulb exchange.

The Show is a regional event that attracts folks from a 200-mile radius of Valparaiso. That means folks come from as far south as Indianapolis, as far east as Toledo, as far west as the western burbs of Chicago and as far north as Saginaw, Mich. Our core audience are Indiana, Michigan and Illinois Master Gardeners, garden clubs and other avid gardeners. Since the Show is in January when seed catalogs are piling up in their mail boxes, these folks are willing to brave the winter weather to spend a day with us hoping and planning for spring.

100% of the 125 booth spaces for our 15th Annual Gardening Show on Saturday, January 27, 2018, have been taken. To add your name to the waiting list for this year's Show, or to request a reservation form for our 16th Annual Gardening Show on January 26, 2019, please contact us here. We appreciate your interest!