Maximize Your Show Experience

Whether it's a Home and Garden Show, Home Show or Flower Show, here are our tips for maximizing your show experience ...

Home and garden shows offer a bonanza of fun, fabulous features you can't find anywhere else. They showcase information from top industry experts, hundreds of cutting-edge ideas for your home and garden and an opportunity to save big dollars on almost any project. Whether you want to turn your master bath into a relaxation spa, your yard into additional living space or learn more about energy efficiency, shows provide all the tools to get it done. If you have challenges with any of your living spaces, you will find solutions at the show. Home and garden shows in your community offer hands-on exhibits relating to kitchens and baths, interior design, lawn and garden, pool and spa, all categories of home products and sustainable living.

What will you actually see at the Home Show?

  • Hundreds of hands-on displays of the latest products for your home, yard and garden.
  • Fabulous features ranging from massive gardens – especially in a Flower Show – to celebrity speakers, complete homes, national touring exhibits and family fun activities. Many will have you saying WOW.
  • Professional speakers provide unbiased information on almost all home-related topics. Question and answer sessions are a great forum for your specific interests and concerns.
  • Countless factory and local experts can provide solutions to your challenges and share ideas, inspiration and advice to help you complete your home improvement projects.

10 tips for maximizing your experience at a Home Show:

  1. Research the company producing the event. Not all shows are created equal. You can waste a lot of time and money at the wrong show. Visiting lackluster shows can discourage you from visiting other shows and have you missing out on great opportunities! Many of the best home and garden shows in the country can be found by visiting
  2. Buy your tickets in advance if possible. Avoid the frustration of standing in line. This will save you time and, in some cases, money. The show's website or offers you an opportunity to purchase tickets in advance. Pre-purchase tickets to the Builders St. Louis Home & Garden Show here.
  3. Spend time on the home and garden show's web site. Everything from schedules of seminars and events, exhibitor lists, floor plans, show features and special offers will be available to you. Knowing things like show hours, parking information and last-minute updates can make your trip to the show easy and enjoyable. See General Information for the Builders St. Louis Home & Garden Show.
  4. Create a list of exhibits you want to visit, map them out on the floor plan, put on your most comfortable pair of shoes and hit the show floor running. Be prepared with a pen and notepad for the many new ideas and products you will see at the home show. Planning your visit will save you time, make your visit more efficient and make sure that you experience all of the companies and show features that you want to see. Check out the Builders St. Louis Home & Garden Show floor plan which also features an exhibitor list (or you can use the interactive exhibitor search tool on the right side of any web page).
  5. Attend the event with a list of show-related questions you need answered. The industry's top experts will be available to answer these questions. Face-to-face contact is one of the show's most valuable resources.
  6. The home and garden show is a very competitive marketplace and can save you big money. Many exhibitors will have exclusive show-only discounts, good when you schedule an appointment at the show or within a limited time following the show. This can be a huge money-saving opportunity available only at the show. Some exhibitors will also offer great deals on sample items in their booths if you purchase them and take delivery at the show. Be prepared to be able to take items with you or come back with a friend to pick them up.
  7. Shows are much more than a place to shop for products and services. There are many memorable show experiences to be created by you and your family. Shows will often have entertainment or displays that you can only see at the show. Most shows have fun activities for children. Your entire family can attend the show and go away saying they had an entertaining and worthwhile time. Whichever show you're visiting, check the web site for available activities. Find all of the fun things to see and do at the Builders St. Louis Home & Garden Show here.
  8. Most home and garden shows have a show guide available at the entrance to the show. Be sure to pick one up, as this guide will have additional detailed information not available in show ads. Then keep the show guide as a buying guide for future purchases and have home improvement professionals at your fingertips!
  9. Bring your actual project plans, measurements and details to the show. Exhibitors can provide input to refine your project. Save photos and notes to your mobile device for easy sharing at the show. Take advantage of the show's one-stop shopping, with everything you need under one roof.
  10. Most shows have demonstrations of cash-and-carry products. Many of these are products "as seen on TV." The Home Show advantage is that you can take the product with you and save shipping and handling charges, which sometimes cost as much as the product. You also get to see, touch and experience the product by watching the demonstration and learning how the product works. It’s fun to buy an item at the show and take it with you.

If you've never visited a Home and Garden Show, Home Show or Flower Show, you will be amazed at the experience you've missed all these years. Follow some of the suggestions above and your visit can have you on your way to the home, yard and garden of your dreams!