MASON CITY | Don Engebretson, the Renegade Gardener, will highlight seminars throughout the three-day North Iowa Home & Landscaping Show. More seminars will cover kitchen and home remodeling, home building tips and home energy solutions.
The show is Feb. 23-25 at the North Iowa Events Center.
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Founded: In a small Dutch Community of Pella, Iowa in 1925 by Pete and Lucille Kuyper. Today, Pella Corporation is still owned by the Kuyper family, and continues to be a leader in technology and product innovation.
About the pros: Full-service commercial and industrial roofing company serving all of North Iowa.
Founded: Home Lumber is locally owned and has been in business since 1965. They sell high-quality building materials including windows, doors, siding, cabinets and a variety of miscellaneous building materials at a competitive price point. Their customer service comes with many years of hands on experience. The services that they offer include plan drawing, material estimating and prompt delivery.
About us: With more than 100 years of experience serving rural America, Farm Credit Services of America has the expertise, experience and tools to help make your dream home a reality, whether it’s financing new home construction on an acreage or buying a new place in a rural community.
Founded: 2004 by Jonathan Zimmerman in Rochester, Minnesota. The business has maintained a family-oriented, customer focused mission since day one, providing customers with the highest quality products at the best price.
Founded: Established in 2001, Young Construction is one of the largest providers of residential roofing in the area.
About the pros: We have proudly served the North Iowa and Southern Minnesota areas for over 20 years.
About the pros: Northland Buildings specializes in constructing storage buildings, garages, agricultural and commercial buildings. We are experts in post-frame construction with over 20 years of experience building in the Midwest! Experienced sales staff, building crews, engineering, and transportation departments are all committed to your building project from start to finish. Large or small, our experienced sales consultants will help you design and build exactly what you need within your budget.
Information: For three generations, Greiman Construction Services LC has been providing home construction, roofing and exterior services in Garner, Clear Lake, Klemme, Mason City and the surrounding North Iowa area. We are certified and insured, specializing in residential, commercial roofing and exterior services
Founded: 2002. Our franchise is locally owned and operated.
Founded: 1979 by Paul Field in Albert Lea, Minnesota. The business remains family owned and operated with over two dozen employees and a service area that reaches northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. We have become the most trusted replacement window company in Rochester, Lakeville and surrounding areas. Our professionals are the most highly trained in the industry, and our goal is to provide you with the best in customer service.
Locations: 1714 Fourth Ave. S (on old Highway 106), Clear Lake
Founded: Started in 1995 with the vision of developing a home improvement company with a moral compass like no other.
Founded: The longest-running gutter company in North Iowa. Since 1982, we've provided service and quality second to none.
About the pros: Installed thousands of square feet of decorative flooring, originally engineered and designed as a surface restoration solution to structurally sound, yet surface-deteriorated concrete. Over the past 20 years, they have evolved into more useful applications that homeowners, business owners, designers and architects demand for the pleasing aesthetic appearances.
Founded: Kramer Ace Hardware is a full-service hardware store with locations in Clear Lake, Mason City and Garner, locally owned and operated since 1989.
Founded: Third generation of ownership since 1933, and is a family business. The company is proud of its workmanship and quality materials used in roofing, siding, windows and gutters. Owner Ernie Martinez says he is a proud Marine who upholds the Corps’ values in the business.
Founded: Local ownership and local decision making since 1934.
About the pros: Technicians offer commercial and residential heat and cooling; backflow prevention services; commercial refrigeration; commercial and residential HVAC installation, repair and retrofit; preventive maintenance; inspections and testing; custom duct work; and custom sheet metal work.
About the pros: Specializes in the installation and service of residential, commercial and industrial overhead doors. The motto is "The right door the right way."
The show opens at 3 p.m. Friday and the first day closes at 9 p.m. Saturday's hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the events concludes Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; youth 12 and under are free.
Engebretson is a nationally recognized authority on landscaping and garden design. He speaks frequently at industry events across the United States and Canada and has published five books on gardening and landscaping. He is a six-time winner of the Garden Writers Association Garden Globe Award for excellence in garden writing.
Engebretson is a University of Minnesota Master Gardener and owner of Renegade Gardener Landscaping. He is a past officer and board member of the Minnesota Horticultural Society.
Engebretson will offer three seminars in Mason City.
Crafting Cool and Creative Containers
Garden containers filled with colorful annuals, perennials, and even small trees and shrubs are essential accessories to home landscapes. Engebretson calls containers “the throw pillows of exterior design” and encourages gardeners to think outside the box when it comes to not only the overall materials used in arrangements, but in their placement and use.
This hands-on demonstration focuses on how to use and group containers, how to plant for season-long impact and creative ways to utilize containers throughout landscape.
Design Secrets to a Beautiful Yard & Garden
What makes a garden beautiful? Why is it that some gardens look pleasant, while others take your breath away? Why does the landscaping surrounding one home look perfunctory, while that of another makes the pulse drop and the spirit soar?
This seminar will offer five key secrets and ways to apply them to properties.
Engebretson identified the secrets as field editor and garden scout for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. He believes these five design principles are always present in America’s finest private residential gardens.
Really Cool Plants for Iowa Gardens
Sometimes stalwart northern zone 3-5 gardeners can’t help but feel a twinge of remorse for having to pursue their passion in the colder regions of the United States. Take heart — the North is not the forbidden zone! The nursery industry is constantly introducing new, hardy plants that give northern gardeners all we need to create gardens and landscapes as gracious and beautiful as gardens in any part of the country.
This locally-focused presentation will explore new perennials, shrubs and trees that might be new to Iowa gardeners and other plants that shouldn’t be overlooked.