The Idea Center is packed full of experts ready to answer your home and garden questions.
Ask The Pros
Architects, master gardeners, interior designers, arborists, certified kitchen designers, and landscape designers will be on hand all day to talk with you about your remodeling, decorating, or landscaping ideas at no charge or obligation. Bring photos of your existing space and any plans or sketches you’ve developed.
Thank you to the following professionals who are provided their services for the 2017 fair:
Architects and Design Services
- Gene Nicolelli (Nicolelli Architects, LLC)
- Michael Anschel and Scott Barsness (Otogawa-Anschel Design/Build)
- Paulette Goodno (Transformations Interiors)
- Mark Jensen (Jensen Design & Illustration)
- Jeremiah Battles (Acacia Architects, LLC)
- Chuck Habiger (952-200-5564)
- Richard Woldorsky (Bachman’s Landscaping)
- Tyler Wortz and Tom Hoese (Magnolia Landscape & Design Co.)
- Manuel Jordan (Heritage Shade Tree Consultants)
Public Information Exhibitors
Radon, Lead, & Indoor Air Pollution
Environmental health specialists will answer questions about radon and mitigation, lead hazards, and other common indoor air pollutants like mold. Buy a radon detection test kit for $5.
Better Futures Minnesota is a social enterprise committed to creating healthy, productive communities by stimulating economic development through environmentally sustainable practices.
Keeping Your Home Safe – Fire Safety and Carbon Monoxide Detection
A fire safety specialist will share advice and answer your questions about keeping your home safe from fire and carbon monoxide dangers. There have been many advances and changes to fire codes regarding smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. By taking some basic and common sense precautions, most fires in the home and illnesses or deaths from carbon monoxide can be prevented.
Learn about the Southwest Light Rail Transit project (Green Line Extension) that will link Minneapolis and Eden Prairie, including information on the planned 15 light rail stations, what stations are going to look like in Hopkins, and video simulations of the light rail trains going through the downtown Hopkins station, the new light rail bridge over Excelsior Blvd, and the Blake Road station.
The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners offer information on the best plants and practices for Minnesota lawns and gardens. These enthusiastic and university-trained volunteers help Minnesotans solve problems and make their communities more sustainable, beautiful, knowledgeable, and fun!