Workshops & Seminars

Plan your attendance to the Inspired Home and Garden Expo of San Luis Obispo around some of our workshops, demonstrations, and home improvement seminars!  Enjoy educational, informative speaking by local experts.


Saturday, May 5th


12:00 pm
Apple Pie Contest

Presented by Idler’s Home
Who makes the BEST apple pie? After three preliminary rounds the winner will be selected at the finals during the Inspired Home & Garden Expo of SLO. Come taste the top contenders Apple Pie’s and cheer on your favorites!

2:00 pm
Quick Fix for Spices & Appetizers
Presented by Robin Bogue of California Wine Poppies
Add a little flavor and pizazz to your next get together with fun and creative spice blends.  We will be making Arugula Salad with  the Fine Wine Blend and a champagne vinaigrette, Goat cheese with the Mariachi Blend on Blue corn chips, and Steak Bites with the Black & White Culinary Salt.


2:45 pm
Surviving the Drought: Landscape Tips on Water Conservation
Presented by Todd Davidson of Sage Ecological Landscapes
Learn from the experts at Sage Ecological Landscapes what identifying plant characteristics are drought tolerant to help you shop at your local nurseries. Also, learn general tips about drought tolerant landscaping techniques



3:30 pm
Three Top Technologies to Include in Your Next Project
Presented by Evan Christensen of Above Grade Automation
Forget about gadgets, these technologies become a part of your home you will enjoy for years – not just until the next tech trend comes around.  In this seminar, we’ll discuss lighting controls, mesh wi-fi, and flood protection.  This seminar will include a Q&A to answer your home technology questions.


Sunday, May 6th


Advancements in Window Films & Tints for Your Home
Presented by Gary Finegan of San Luis Customs

Come to this informative seminar to learn about solar control, window tinting and safety security films and how they can benefit your home and keep your furniture and car safe and protected!


12:45 pm
DIY Project – How to Build a Morro Stone Block Raised Planter
Presented by Gary Abney of Air Vol Block
Join us to learn how to build a raised planter with Morro Stone Blocks.  We will explore why you would want to use these blocks to build a raised planter to beautify and diversify your back or front yard and go over information and tips on how best to plant and care for your plants in your raised planter.

Learn how to enter to win a raised planter!

1:30 pm
Kitchen Remodeling 101

Presented Sarah Day & Lee Anna O’Daniel of San Luis Kitchen Company
Join us at this seminar as we learn about how to get started on your kitchen remodel. We will go over the things to do and things to avoid when remodeling and scheduling your project in a realistic way for a successful end result.


2:15 pm
Grilled Salmon Greek Salad with Homemade Lemon Basil Dressing
Presented by John Carswell of SLO’s Finest Catering
Join us at this fun and educational cooking demonstration with John Carswell of SLO’s Finest Catering as he takes you through the step by step process on how to make a healthy and delicious Grilled Salmon Greek Salad with homemade lemon basil dressing.  You don’t want to miss this summer perfect recipe!

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