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, September 15th

She Sheds: A Room of Your Own
Presented by Erika Kotite Author of Book She Sheds: A Room of Your Own
Join author Erika Kotite as she shares her secrets to creating a fabulous she shed. She will show you how to create your very own hideaway for relaxing, crafting, reading, or simply a private place just for you. With dozens of gorgeous sheds across the country and world as inspiration, you will find out how to get started, what decisions you’ll need to make and how to determine your best she shed style. (Hint: It’s best to start by defining the goal and purpose of your space. Will you use it for entertaining? Crafting? Alone time?) Ladies, it’s time to create a place of your own!

12:00 pm
Home Food Preservation Processes
Presented by Dawn Peters, UC Master Food Preserver of UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Luis Obispo
Join us as we discuss safe methods of home food preservation with an explanation of appropriate equipment and supplies.  We will provide the audience with up to date home food preservation practices.



12:45 pm
How To Get Fantastic Flavor Into Healthy Cooking
Presented by Courtney Coleman of Cook Well
Courtney will prepare lemon-tahini sauce, and she’ll talk about Umami as the 5th flavor, and which foods will impart delicious umami into your cooking. She’ll also cover when to add ground spices, herbs, and elements like lemon juice to your cooking, and how to use aromas to create the most flavorful blends.




1:45 pm
Create Your Own Olive Oil Tasting Bar
Presented by Karen & Jennifer Tallent of The Groves on 41
With entertaining season right around the corner and our budgets tight, yet we want to have fun and ‘play with our food’ so we are showing you how to do your own olive oil tasting bar!  All you need is a couple of good crusty bead choices, some fresh crispy veggies, some homemade hummus and a variety of some of the best local olive oils. Your display will be beautiful, your guests will be engaged & you will be able to use your energies to enjoy your own party!  Homemade hummus? That’s the easy part. Join our cooking show and see how!

2:30 pm
The Future of Energy Storage
Presented by Frank Scotti & Kristian Emrich of Solarponics
How does home battery and energy storage factor into our home energy use, grid energy, and energy rates? Learn about solar and battery storage for energy security and reliability.

3:15 pm
Does Mold Pose a Health Risk to My Family?
Presented by Keith Vreeken of The Mold Doctor
Join us as local experts from The Mold Doctor go over the different types of mold you may find in your home, what you can do to prevent it, and how to get rid of it!

Sunday, September 16th

12:00 pm
Xeriscapes Without Zero Plants
Presented by Todd Davidson or Sage Ecological Landscapes
Join this seminar to learn about “xeriscaping” techniques and understand its difference from “zero-scaping”. You can still plant and have a beautiful yard in a drought. Come and learn how!

12:45 pm
Why you should Hire a Licensed Contractor and How to Vet them
Presented by Cordelia Perry of the San Luis Obispo County Builders Association
Hiring a contractor doesn’t have to be a difficult experience.  Join the knowledgeable contractors of SLO County as we discuss the reason why hiring a licensed contractor is your safest option and why.  We will also discuss the best ways to vet your licensed contractor options to make sure you pick someone that works best for your renovation and remodeling needs.

1:30 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.

2:15 pm
How to Budget Your Landscape & Hardscape Renovations
Presented by Erik Wolting of All Seasons Gardening & Landscaping
Have you been dreaming of a new paved patio area, flagstone, fire pit or water feature to bring your backyard oasis to the next level? Join Erik of All Seasons Gardening & Landscaping & as he discusses costs and budgeting to transform your backyard into a beautiful and drought tolerant landscape.

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