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More Marketplace Must-Sees

February 21, 2012

Last week I mentioned some Marketplace vendors I’m especially excited about. Turns out that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Here are three more great vendors, which is still only a fraction of the complete list.

By the way, shopping at this year’s Show will be easier than ever, with shorter aisles and a more visitor-friendly layout. After you go to the Show, let us know which booths were your favorites and what fabulous things you found!

Roberta’s, Booths 504, 506, 601 and 603

For more than 50 years, Roberta’s has been a purveyor of difficult-to-find, yet easy-to-grow plants, often featured on QVC. Their Flower Show offerings will include Hawaiian plumeria in a variety of colors including pink, red, yellow, and white, each with its own luscious fragrance. Roberta’s fertilizer and pots will enable you to bring a touch of the tropics home!

Pressed Flower Artist
Booths 119, 121 and 123

Floral artists Julie Ann and Jim Gibson preserve and press fresh flowers and leaves at their peak of beauty, then combine them into botanical masterpieces that can enjoyed for years to come. At their studio in the San Tan Mountains of Queen Creek, Arizona, the couple’s love of flowers and award-winning artistic sensibilities come together as they paint with blossoms and foliage, then display the everlasting gardens behind protective mats and frames.

Back to the Roots, Booth 726

You can’t get any more local, sustainable, or fresh than by growing mushrooms at home. Each Back to the Roots kit includes everything you need to grow up to 1.5 pounds of gourmet oyster mushrooms in as few as 10 days, right from the box. Founders Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora created the system that uses recycled coffee grounds as the growing medium, diverting and reusing one million pounds of coffee grounds from Peet’s Coffee & Tea during 2011. Kits can be stored unused for months, providing you with a year-round supply of fungal goodness.

Marketplace Highlights for 2012

February 15, 2012

More than 180 vendors will showcase their wares at this year’s Show, promising to make the shopping part of your visit an event in itself.

Here are some highlights of what you can expect to find; three vendors whose products reflect the wide range of Marketplace offerings.

Liz Kinder Ceramics, Booth 515

Liz creates an exciting line of ceramic vases, lamps, pitchers, planters, urns, sinks, and more. Known for her sense of color, her palettes range from the soft, muted “Frilly” line, to the edgy hues of “Urban Chic” and the bright rainbow shades of “Striped Rim.”A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, Liz now works out of her studio in Philadelphia and her pieces can be found in stores nationwide.

Twig Terrariums, Booth 1218

Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow’s enchanting miniature gardens have been seen in a variety national magazines including Garden Design, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Real Simple, and The New York Times. Planted in antique, vintage, and new glass containers, each layered environment contains a mossy scene with miniature figurines–from an idyllic, pastoral scene of grazing cows to magical fairies in a woodland glade. Ready-made terrariums, do-it-yourself kits, and gift certificates are available.


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