Head to Roseville’s Living Smarter Home and Garden Fair Feb. 15

Local vendors will be on-hand at Roseville’s Living Smarter Fair to answer residents’ questions.

Karen and Bruce Patrick wanted to renovate the kitchen of their Roseville home. The problem was they had no idea who could or would do the work. In fact, the Patricks were on the verge of abandoning their dream of a kitchen remodel after meeting with several designers and builders. Throughout the process a common theme kept cropping up - they weren’t budgeting enough money.

Close to giving up, the Patricks decided to take one last shot at the process and attended a recent Roseville Living Smarter Home and Garden Fair. The Fair, a Roseville institution since 1997 that this year will be held on Feb. 15 at the Fairview Community Center, features local builders, remodelers, home construction product vendors, healthy living specialists, and landscape and garden centers. It also includes free how-to workshops and seminars, which was music to the Patrick’s ears.

“We decided to go to the Living Smarter Fair and see if we had any other options,” Karen Patrick said. “It turned out to be a great place to look. It was a big help.”

After attending a seminar put on by Sean Morrissey of Morrissey Construction, the hope of completing the much-needed project returned for the Patricks.

“We were very impressed with Sean and the information he provided,” Karen Patrick said. “Not only did he provide great information on how we could use green materials to complete our kitchen, he understood our budget and really worked with us. In the end the project was completed on time and on budget.”

Stan and Darlene Diesch had a similar experience at the Living Smarter Fair. Interested in renovating the kitchen of their historic rambler, Darlene also attended a seminar by Morrissey. In the end they were thrilled with the results that not only included a new, expanded kitchen, but also increased living space in both the living room and dining room.

According to Jeanne Kelsey, the Roseville Housing and Redevelopment Authority (RHRA) acting executive director, approximately 900 residents attended last year’s Living Smarter Fair. This year, Kelsey said more than 60 vendors will be involved, exhibiting everything from the latest smart energy concepts and healthy living options to windows and doors, organic gardening, even tree care.

“If it has to do with your home or garden you can find it at the Living Smarter Fair,” said Kelsey, who has managed the RHRA since 2008. “The best part about the Fair may be its relaxed atmosphere. We want visitors to feel at ease and comfortable talking with our exhibitors and avoid the high-pressure sales environments that you might find elsewhere. This is about education as much as anything.”

Part of that educational process will be the number of workshops at this year’s event. The eight workshops begin at 9:30 a.m. and run through the early afternoon. They will include topics such as soil care, solar energy, crime prevention, preventing ice dams and more.

The Living Smarter Fair also has plenty to see and do for kids, including affordable food options. A bounce castle, animals from the Harriet Alexander Nature Center and hands-on craft projects round out the festivities, providing opportunities for the entire family to enjoy the event.

If you go...

18th Annual Living Smarter Home and Garden Fair
Saturday, Feb. 15
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fairview Community Center
1910 County Road B
Roseville, MN 55113



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