Daily Attractions


Seminars are FREE with your paid Expo admission. Most presentations are 1-hour or less and include time for Q & A. 

Make your plans to attend the following seminars:

Seminar Room

Friday, March 16, 2018

3 p.m. Bolt it Down! : This course is back once again by popular demand! Is your home securely fastened to your foundation? Presenters from Simpson StrongTie will explain how to do a home evaluation, navigate the permitting permits and explain how to properly bolt and plate a home. Even a small shake can cause significant damage. Bolt it down and save your home from seismic damage. This course is offered in partnership with Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management, Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the ICC, Kitsap Building Association, the jurisdictional building departments throughout Kitsap County, and Simpson Strong-Tie.

NOTE: This class will fill up. Advanced registration with Kitsap Dept. of emergency Management is strongly encouraged (www.kitsapdem.org or 360-307-5870). Those that do pre-register with the DEM will receive one free admission to the Expo!

5 p.m. Solar Works in Western Washington: In this presentation West Seattle Electric and Solar will give you a brief history and progression of solar power, along with the differences between different types and the most appropriate use of each. Keith Hughes of West Seattle Natural Energy has many years of experience in construction and solar energy. He will walk you through determining if solar is appropriate for your home, what type is best for you, and the federal, state and local incentives that are available. Don’t let the rainclouds and gloominess of the region fool you – solar works in Western Washington! 

6 p.m. Good Deck – Bad Deck: As the weather begins getting nicer, Kitsap residents will begin preparing their yards and homes for the nice, sunny weather. One of the most common DIY projects homeowners take on is building their own deck. Join David Lynam, the Chief Building Official for Kitsap County. He has been with Kitsap County’s Department of Commmunity Development since 2006 serving as fire marshal, deputy building official and now Chief Building Official.  You will also learn correct methods to use in safe deck building. The course will cover code requirements to consider, what materials to use, and common mistakes. Keep your friends and family safe while enjoying the fruits of your labor by attending this class!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

11 a.m. Essential Oils 101: In this presentation you can learn about essential oils, their uses and benefits. Make your own natural household cleaner and glass cleanser at home, Trish Williams will share an all-natural recipe that can be more effective than store bought cleaners.

12 p.m. Organic Lawn Care – A Lush Lawn can be yours: At this seminar, Hedahl Landscaping will discuss some of the main issues plaguing our NW lawns, and some typical and not-so-typical solutions to achieving a nice looking lawn. There will be discussion on soils, biology, nutrition, drainage, water management, grass health and maintenance. Topics will be presented in a form suitable for beginners and experienced gardeners!

1 p.m. Budgeting for your Kitchen or Bath Remodel:  Molly McCabe, an award winning designer and general contractor, will go over what costs constitute your budget, often overlooked cost components, and the “Four Basic Approaches to Setting a Budget”. She will also go over what you should find in your remodel contract, and how to stick to your budget! If you are considering a kitchen or bathroom remodel, this is the presentation for you! 

2 p.m. The Charm of a Scented Garden: The Finest Fragrant Plants for Each Season: Fragrant flowers are irresistible in any garden. Imagine a sweet fragrance wafting through the window on a warm summer night, or a spicy scent permeating a section of the garden. Debbie Teashon will discuss annuals, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs that give seasonal fragrance to the garden throughout the year. You may not be able to capture the smell in a bottle, yet even better, you can plant it in your garden.

3 p.m. Spin Your Meter Backwards: Join Andy Cochrane, President of Power Trip Energy for this informative session about Solar for your home. Solar is an option you should seriously consider and can benefit from. Andy will walk you through the basics including terminology, technology, and how it will “payback” over time. When you leave you will know important information about solar as an option, what actions to take immediately, and how to select a contractor for the job. If you have ever considered solar, you should take the time to attend this seminar.

4 p.m. Selecting and Growing Tomatoes in Kitsap County: Tomatoes are one of the most popular plants grown by American food gardeners. This is true, even in Western Washington. Gardeners here often struggle with crop productivity, and may finish the growing season without any ripe fruits. Sam Maupin, a farmer from Belfair, WA, will have a discussion to help guide you to find the best tomatoes for your garden based on results of the annual Brothers Greenhouses Tomato Trial.

5 p.m. Lower your energy bill with Solar: Greg Williams, the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsula area representative for the most experienced residential design/build Solar Contractor in the region, will be giving information about how well solar works in the Northwest , how affordable solar panels are for your family, and much more!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

12 p.m. Downsizing your Home: Feeling overwhelmed by the tasks involved in the up keeping of a large home? You may want to consider downsizing. The time and energy it takes to maintain upkeep on your home may become just too much. In this seminar, Judy Granlee-Gates of Joe Gates Construction will walk you through the benefits, options and preparation of moving to a smaller, more manageable space. Judy has been in the construction industry for 28 years and enjoys seeing a home go from “ho-hum” to “fantastic”! Having just happily downsized from 3300 to 1138 square feet, she will be a great resource for all your questions and concerns.

1 p.m. Extending Your Outdoor Seasons: It’s going to be spring and then summer soon enough, but wouldn’t you like to sure your outdoor spaces for more months of the year? Maybe you try to now, but find you don’t have the right over, or maybe you need an outdoor kitchen to facilitate those fireside dinners? Join Wayne Keffer, CGR, CAPS, of Wayne R Keffer Construction, and be inspired by the ways you can use your outdoor spaces all year long. Attend this seminar and leave confident and able to talk to Expo vendors about your project.

2 p.m. Granite VS Quartz Creative Countertops: Creative Countertops will give a presentation on the best types of countertops and why. Popular counter top designs and styles, benefits of granite and quartz, different colors and finishes will all be discussed here!

3 p.m. Create and Maintain a Sustainable Garden: At this seminar, through clear explanations, practical examples, and inspirational photos, John J. Albers will guide you through improving each of these elements, one step at a time. Your garden can not only be beautiful – it can become a place that nourishes both the soul and the planet.

4 p.m. The Time Is Now…: This presentation will address many common questions and misconceptions people have about implementing solar power into their lives. Evan Leonard will discuss how, contrary to popular belief, Western Washington IS an ideal region for solar. He will also give insight into the state and federal incentives that are making solar possible for nearly any budget. This will include discussing the concept of “net Metering” as well as how solar systems can dramatically increase home value.



Saturday March 17, 2018

2 p.m. Deck Stains & Paint: Peninsula Paint Centers will be putting on a Deck Finishing Clinic to cover all the questions about deck finishing and refinishing. Deck coatings take a tremendous beating and can be problematic if not done correctly. We will cover all the important steps you need take so you can achieve the best possible outcome for your decking project.

3 p.m. Ciscoe Morris “Oh La La”: Come learn interesting things about gardening in the PNW! Because of his popularity, we will have Ciscoe presenting in the Pavilion. You’ve seen him on T.V., now here’s your chance to see him in person. Ciscoe is energetic and entertaining while helping you to better understand many important tips and tricks to keeping your gardens healthy and beautify all year long. Bring your camera and your questions! Ciscoe is eager to share what he’s learned about gardening in the PNW. Come early! Ciscoe is very popular and the seats are sure to fill up.

 Sunday March 18, 2018

12 p.m. Orchard Mason Bees & Backyard Birds: Jim Ullrich, former owner of Wild Birds Unlimited and current President of Knox Cellars Mason Bees, has designed a presentation which covers the development of a backyard sanctuary for our bees and birds. We will discuss the interesting relationship of Orchard Mason Bees and our backyard birds. There will also be samples of live Mason Bee cocoons and houses for attendees to examine.  

1 p.m. Plant THIS Not THAT: Marianne Binetti will have a discussion of what grows best in Western Washington and problem plants to avoid. As a garden columnist for over 30 years, Marianne has strong opinions about what to and what not to plant, so if you are looking for tips on what to do with your garden this year, come hear Marianne’s presentation!



See what else the Expo has to offer…

Indoor Garden Art Walk

We are thrilled to present the 5th annual Garden Art Walk at this year’s event!  And we are doing it INSIDE this year! This feature is packed full of talent from Kitsap and surrounding area artists. Meander through spectacular garden art from driftwood benches to copper and steel masterpieces, magnificent glass sculptures and everything in between. The Garden Art Walk is a wonderful source for inspiration for your own garden sanctuaries. Many pieces will be for sale, and you will have the opportunity to talk with the artists about commissioning a piece of your own! Check out some of these great pieces from past year’s events!

Sculpture by Ray Hammar of Blue Collar Artwork

Birds Nest by Craig Gurney of Bob Wahr Creations








Swinging Crane by Gunter Reimnitz

Sculpture by Travis Foreman of Foremans Forest Works









Lego Challenge

Back by popular demand, the Peninsula Home & Garden Expo will feature the 5th annual Lego® Brand Building Challenge! This event is sponsored by the generosity of Air Masters Inc and the Kitsap Building Association. 

Be sure to register your 5-12 year old for this fun construction challenge. Each registered child will participate in a brief, timed building challenge. Winners in 3 different age categories will win an age-appropriate Lego® prize! 

Please click here for a registration form: Lego Challenge Registration Form

This feature will fill up quickly once registrations begin!

Parents will be notified when their registration form is received, at which time we will let you know which session your child was scheduled for (there will be a 12:00 and 2:00 session). If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the KBA at (360) 479-5778 to ensure your registration was received. 

Scavenger Hunt

Have some fun while making your way through the Expo by playing the Home & Garden Scavenger Hunt! 

The Scavenger Hunt game card will be printed in the Official Expo Guide. Kitsap Sun subscribers will receive the guide with their newspaper on Tuesday, March 13, or you can pick one up at any of the entrances to the Expo. 

Using the game card and the floor plans located in the Guide, navigate the Expo to find all of the companies listed on the card. Receive a stamp from each company and once your card is complete, turn it in at the welcome booth in either the Pavilion or Presidents’ Hall to enter a drawing. Twenty $50 gift cards to local vendors will be awarded in total!