Colorado Garden & Home Show Teams Up With Special Olympics Colorado for 61st Annual Show

COLORADO GARDEN & HOME SHOW TEAMS UP WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS COLORADO FOR 61st ANNUAL SHOW

The Entry Garden for 2020 will feature interactive sport displays, medal ceremonies in honor of SOCO’s 2020 Winter Games, meet and greets with athletes and more

DENVER (January 24, 2020) – Colorado Garden Foundation (CGF) announced today a partnership with Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) to bring the Show’s entry garden to life at the 61st Annual Colorado Garden & Home Show, held Feb. 22-Mar. 1, 2020, at the Colorado Convention Center.

The entry garden, which encompasses 5,500 feet of Special Olympics Colorado-themed interactive sports displays along with hundreds of flowers in bloom, will be installed once again by Laura and Roger Heath from Town & Country Landscaping.

The SOCO-inspired entry garden will showcase the four seasons of the year and their corresponding sports, all in which SOCO athletes participate. The displays include: skiing, ice skating, basketball, volleyball, bowling, soccer, tennis, golf, bocce, biking, swimming, power lifting, and track and field.

As the Colorado Garden and Home Show will overlap with SOCO’s Winter Games, the entry garden will also showcase a podium, complete with cauldron and flowers for medalists, where SOCO athletes will be celebrated. In addition to the award ceremonies, autograph signings and other special events will take place through the Show. That special events lineup is as follows:

Special Olympics athlete meet and greet, and autograph signings, taking place in the Colorado Garden & Home Show entry garden:

  • Monday February 24th from 5-7 pm
  • Friday, February 28th from 5-7 pm

“Each year, the Colorado Garden Foundation engages a fellow Colorado nonprofit to showcase in our Colorado Garden & Home Show entry garden, and we’re delighted to feature SOCO this year,” said Jim Fricke, Executive Director for Colorado Garden Foundation. “During our 61 years, with ticket proceeds from our two shows we’ve funded many gardens and projects that support the special needs community here in Colorado, and SOCO is one such organization that we find deserving of our support and special recognition. We look forward, in particular, to celebrating the achievements of these inspiring athletes in the entry garden during our show.”

“We are thrilled to be featured at this year’s Colorado Home & Garden show,” said Megan Scremin, President & CEO for Special Olympics Colorado.  “This will be a great opportunity for the community to learn more about the power of sports through Special Olympics Colorado, and join our inclusion revolution! We are honored for our athletes to have this platform to share their accomplishments, while being celebrated for them.”

Colorado Garden & Home Show guests are invited to walk through the entry garden and experience the interactive sports displays for themselves, as well as attend meet and greets and autograph signings throughout the show dates. And don’t forget to grab a photo on the podium! As in past years, the Show will also offer seminars and theater sessions on a variety of topics, all covered with the cost of admission, along with 11 inspiring landscaped gardens and ideas, and inspiration and advice from more than 600 companies from 25 states and Canada that will introduce new technologies in landscaping, gardening, energy-efficient heating and cooling products, window treatments, siding, flooring, lighting, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, patio furniture, gutters, sound systems, storage systems, greenhouses, decks, spas and more.

The 2020 Colorado Garden & Home Show takes place Feb. 22-Mar .1, 2020, at the Colorado Convention Center, during the following hours:

Saturday, February 2210 a.m. – 8 p.m.  – $12 adults / $10 seniors
Sunday, February 2310 a.m. – 6 p.m.  – $12 adults / $10 seniors
Monday, February 2412 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 2 for 1 Admission
Tuesday, February 2512 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 2 for 1 Admission
Wednesday, February 2612 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 2 for 1 Admission
Thursday, February 2712 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 2 for 1 Admission
Friday, February 2812 p.m. – 7 p.m. – $12 adults / $10 seniors
Saturday, February 2910 a.m. – 8 p.m. – $12 adults / $10 seniors
Sunday, March 110 a.m. – 6 p.m. – $12 adults / $10 seniors

 Kids 12 & Under are FREE! Kids do not need a ticket, and 2 for 1 Tickets are only available at the Ticket Window onsite at the Convention Center.

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About Colorado Garden Foundation

Colorado Garden Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, 501(c)(3), provides funds for horticultural-related grants and scholarships for the benefit of Colorado. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $10 million for horticultural projects and scholarships throughout the state. Colorado Garden Foundation presents the Colorado Fall Home Show focusing on home renovation, remodeling and sustainable living and the Colorado Garden & Home Show, the Rocky Mountain region’s largest, oldest and most prestigious consumer garden and home improvement show west of the Mississippi in February. For more information, visit ColoradoGardenFoundation.org, facebook.com/coloradogardenfoundation or Twitter and Instagram @cogardenfdn.

About Special Olympics Colorado

Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round training and competition in 22 sports for 25,493 athletes with intellectual disabilities who are living in the state of Colorado. With the support of more than 13,000 volunteers and the generosity of Colorado citizens, corporations and local businesses, Special Olympics Colorado is able to offer more than 100 events annually to individuals ages 2 and up (oldest athlete is 78 years old). Participation with other athletes, Unified partners (typically developing peers), coaches, sponsors and volunteers builds confidence and creates opportunities to participate as productive and respected members of society by increasing public awareness of the athletes’ abilities.