Show What You Grow
Austin Home + Garden Show returns with HGTV sisters and local botanical garden
Forget this week’s Target run — the Austin Home + Garden Show has everything an Austinite needs, wants, and didn’t know they crave in tools and knickknacks around the house. The Austin Convention Center will fill up with tools, fashion, organization, and appliances this January 6-8.
Like any expo, this offers demo and browsing opportunities, plus service and product specials that can save attendees hundreds of dollars. In addition to the shopping, some speakers will get onstage to share inspiration with DIY-ers. New this year, attendees can learn from a well-known pair of designers and flea market-loving sisters dubbed the Junk Gypsies and Austin’s own Zilker Botanical Garden.
Amie and Jolie Sikes run Junk Gypsy out in Round Top, a feminine, bohemian, and decidedly country retail store that initially sold the duo’s market finds, and served as a launchpad for the HGTV series that solidified their nickname. The rogue designers take the aesthetic of the junktiques-obsessed city and turn trash into many Austin women’s treasures, while making custom pieces for celebrities with rockabilly aesthetics: Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Billie Joe Armstrong, and more. They’ll hit the stage on January 7 at 2 pm, for an unspecified chat between seminars about garden planning and creating a more energy-efficient home.
Zilker Botanical Garden, a partner of the Home + Garden show, is signing on for its first activation and keeping things straightforward: garden design and maintenance. The all-levels talk promises useful tips that anyone can try, a demonstration on growing broccoli microgreens in one week, plus a Q&A portion for more specifics on different types of plants, which need different care. Texas Bamboo Society and Austin Herb Society will join to display and sell goods. The Botanical Garden offers frequent workshops at its home location, but this event appears to be broader than its usual programming.
The show also welcomes social media influencer Rhonda Kaiser, Dennis Celsor of Built Green Custom Homes, and Jewell Parker of ShelfGenie as speakers. In addition to the convenience of all shopping in one place, the show provides a free shuttle to the Barton Creek Mall, enabling free parking.
The Austin Home + Garden Show invites visitors January 6 from 12-8 pm; January 7 from 10 am to 8 pm; and January 8 from 11 am to 6 pm. Tickets ($10 adults, free for children) are available austinhomeandgardenshow.com at a reduced rate ($8) until opening day on January 6. The Zilker Botanical Garden (2220 Barton Springs Road) offers visitors free tickets to the show.