60th Annual Colorado Garden & Home Show to Feature First-Ever Accessible Garden

Presented by FRSR with guidance from Craig Hospital, Accessible Garden caters to disabled and aging gardeners

January 15, 2019 (DENVER) – The Colorado Garden Foundation announced today a first for one of its 11 different themed gardens at the Colorado Garden & Home Show: a garden themed around accessibility.

Presented by local landscaping company FRSR LLC, and with input and direction from the horticultural therapy program at Craig Hospital, the Accessible Garden will feature options, ideas and support for gardening enthusiasts with limitations, proving that age and disability should not keep homeowners from maintaining and enjoying their garden; rather, spending time outdoors and in an activity such as gardening can be a healing and therapeutic experience that everyone can – and should be able to – enjoy.

Elements of the Accessible Garden at this year’s Colorado Garden & Home Show, which takes place at the Colorado Convention Center February 9-17, 2019, include:

  • Pathways that feature a wide clearance and smooth surfaces, to accommodate multiple users including persons in a wheelchair;
  • Raised planter beds with minimal rim width and U-shaped design, to allow wheelchair access around and underneath, as well as minimize the space between the gardener and the plants;
  • A barbeque and outdoor dining area that is accessible and ADA compliant;
  • A meditation space, complete with a water feature, that is accessible and offers sensory and ornamental plants with proven healing effects.

“The idea behind this is barrier-free gardening,” said Eric Fuerst, FRSR owner and Accessible Garden designer. “Whether because of a disability, age or injury, we want everyone to know that they can still maintain and enjoy their gardens and outdoor spaces. This garden showcases a few of the ways we can help accommodate limitations and get homeowners back to the joy of gardening and spending more time outside.”

This year, the Colorado Garden Foundation celebrates its 60-year legacy of contributing grant and scholarship funding to various horticultural projects statewide, and one of its past grant recipients, Craig Hospital, has used their funding to support horticultural therapy for its patients, using elements like those on display at this year’s Accessible Garden.

Craig Hospital is a past recipient of a $100,000 grant from Colorado Garden Foundation to build its plaza garden, which used to be the middle of Clarkson Street and was closed off to create a garden space between the hospital’s East and West buildings. Featuring a full perennial garden with annual plantings, a three-tower water feature, shade structure with seating, built-in benches, and electrical outlets, this main garden and its adjoining garden spaces (also funded in part by separate CGF grants) offer patients, staff and families an area for healing and respite; sensory stimulation for patients recovering from brain injury; varying terrain for physical therapy patients working on mobility and range of motion; and meditation space for psychologists and therapists to meet with patients to encourage mental wellness.

“At Craig, we work with patients to help them get back to what’s important to them in life,” said Susie Hall, Horticultural Therapy Program Coordinator at Craig Hospital. “With grant funding support from Colorado Garden Foundation, we’re able to demonstrate simplified gardening techniques that work for anyone and everyone, and the impact on our patients is remarkable. We look forward to showcasing some of these techniques at the Show and giving that access back to those for whom gardening has become a challenge.”

As in past years, the Colorado Garden and Home Show will showcase 11 different inspiring landscaped gardens. More than 600 companies from 25 states and Canada 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 Show will also feature a hot products zone with must-have new gardening and home improvement products, more than 50 free educational seminars and how-to demonstrations throughout the nine days of the event, a kids zone complete with a playground, games and activities, and the annual flower sale on Feb. 13, with proceeds supporting the Arvada Rotary.

One hundred percent of every ticket sold is awarded by the Colorado Garden Foundation in the form of grants and student scholarships, including one four-year, full-ride scholarship to attend a Colorado institution. Colorado Garden Foundation’s total contribution to date tallies up to more than $9 million.

 Show Details:

  • Feb. 9-17, 2019 at the Colorado Convention Center
  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Mon– Thurs.: Noon – 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday: Noon – 8:00 p.m.

Admission:

  • General admission $12; senior ticket (at the door) $10; children 12 and under are free
  • 2 for 1 admission offered Monday, Feb. 11 – Thursday, February 14

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 $9 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. The hashtag for the 60th Colorado Garden & Home Show is #Garden2019.

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Colorado Garden & Home Show, Great Outdoors Colorado Invite Attendees To Experience The Outdoors Inside This Year’s Entry Garden

Inspired by GOCO’s Generation Wild initiative, the 5,500 sq. ft., interactive entry garden will showcase 34 of the 100 things to do before you’re 12

DENVER (Jan. 10, 2019) – Colorado Garden Foundation (CGF) announced today that this year’s 5,500-square foot entry garden, designed and built by Laura Heath with Town & Country Landscaping, will be presented in partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) at the 60th Annual Colorado Garden & Home Show, held Feb. 9-17, 2019, at the Colorado Convention Center.

The entry garden will feature 34 of the items from Generation Wild’s list of ‘100 things to do before you’re 12.’ GOCO’s Generation Wild initiative encourages kids and families to spend more time outside. Some of those 34 items include roll down a hill, play in a treehouse, swing on a rope swing, and read a book under a tree. This year marks the first time the Colorado Garden & Home Show’s entry garden is 100 percent interactive, and attendees of all ages are invited to participate.

“Great Outdoors Colorado is so excited to bring Generation Wild inside the Colorado Convention Center in February during the 2019 Colorado Garden & Home Show,” said Chris Castilian, GOCO Executive Director. “Not only does the show inspire homeowners to get outside and enjoy their outdoor spaces, but our partners at the Foundation support many wonderful projects around horticulture and youth. This entry garden will be a fun way of illustrating our combined interest in getting Coloradans outside and enjoying all that the great outdoors have to offer.”

GOCO launched Generation Wild to inspire and encourage outside play, inviting kids and their families to reconnect with nature and experience the incredible benefits right outside their front door. Because kids grow better outside. On average, kids today only spend 4-7 minutes each day in unstructured outdoor play, and studies show that playing outside is an important part of a child’s development. Research has shown that children who play outside are more creative, less aggressive, less stressed, and have reduced ADHD symptoms. Plus, spending time in nature as a child helps youth grow up to appreciate the environment as an adult.

Upon entry, visitors of the Colorado Garden & Home Show’s entry garden can pick up a Generation Wild list of 100 things to do before you’re 12. Kids and adults alike are invited to experience the entry garden, with 34 of the list’s items, along with the American Family Insurance Kids Zone complete with a playground, games and activities.

“Each year, we work closely with a Colorado partner organization to create an entry garden with a special “wow” factor,” said Jim Fricke, Executive Director of the Colorado Garden Foundation. “We are thrilled to watch this Great Outdoors Colorado entry garden come to life. It will make a strong entrance to our show, and one that offers attendees of all ages an enjoyable and unique experience.”

Considered one of the premier shows of its kind, the annual Colorado Garden & Home Show is the region’s largest, oldest and most prestigious consumer garden and home improvement show west of the Mississippi. More than 600 companies from 25 states and Canada 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 Colorado Garden & Home Show is produced by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that contributes show proceeds to grants and scholarships. Since the 1970s, Colorado Garden Foundation has awarded more than $9 million for horticultural projects and scholarships throughout the state.

The 2019 Colorado Garden & Home Show takes place Feb. 9-17, 2019 at the Colorado Convention Center, during the following hours:

Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Mon. – Thurs.: Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: Noon – 8:00 p.m.

Admission:

  • General admission $12; senior ticket (at the door) $10; children 12 and under are free
  • 2 for 1 admission offered Monday, Feb. 11 – Thursday, February 14
  • 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 $9 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. The hashtag for the 60th Colorado Garden & Home Show is #Garden2019.

    About Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)

    Great Outdoors Colorado invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. Our independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created by voters in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 5,000 projects in all 64 counties of Colorado without any tax dollar support. Visit GOCO.org for more information. Learn more about Generation Wild at GenerationWild.com or on Facebook and Instagram.

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    60th Annual Colorado Garden & Home Show Opens Doors, Saturday, Feb. 9

    The Colorado Garden Foundation will once again transform 400,000 square feet of Colorado Convention Center space into a virtual marketplace of garden and home improvement products come February. The 60th Colorado Garden & Home Show sponsored by Bellco, the largest and most prestigious garden and home show west of the Mississippi, will take place Feb. 9-17, 2019.

    This year, the Colorado Garden Foundation will recognize its 60-year legacy with a grant award ceremony, awarding more than $500,000 in grants to horticultural projects and organizations across the state, bringing the total contribution to date to more than $9 million.

    As in past years, the Colorado Garden and Home Show will showcase 11 inspiring landscaped gardens. This year’s entry garden, designed and built by Laura Heath with Town & Country Landscaping, will be sponsored by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). As part of GOCO’s Generation Wild initiative, the entry garden will feature more than 47 of the 100 bucket list items GOCO has identified to get kids outdoors, with the goal of completing the list before they turn 12. Elements from that list include rolling down a grass hill, flying a kite and reading a book under a tree, among other features.

    “This will be the first year that the Colorado Garden & Home Show entry garden is completely interactive and participatory,” said Jim Fricke, Executive Director, Colorado Garden Foundation. “We are encouraging parents, grandparents and children to come explore the garden and make lasting memories together. It’s a nice added benefit to the many ideas and inspiration that our show offers to attendees.”

    More than 600 companies from 25 states and Canada 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 Show will also feature a hot products zone with must-have new gardening and home improvement products, more than 50 free educational seminars and how-to demonstrations throughout the nine days of the event, a kids zone complete with a playground, games and activities, and the annual flower sale on Feb. 13, with proceeds supporting the Arvada Rotary.

    One hundred percent of every ticket sold is awarded by the Colorado Garden Foundation in the form of grants and student scholarships, including one four-year, full-ride scholarship to attend a Colorado institution.

    Show Details:

    • Feb. 9-17, 2019 at the Colorado Convention Center
    • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Mon. – Thurs. Noon – 7:00 p.m.

    Admission:

      • General admission $12; senior ticket (at the door) $10; children 12 and under are free
      • 2 for 1 admission offered Monday, Feb. 11 – Thursday, February 14

    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 $9 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. The hashtag for the 60th Colorado Garden & Home Show is #Garden2019.

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    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Kate Peters:
    919-606-5612
    kate@katepeterspr.com