There’s plenty to see at the Portland Home & Garden Show, today through Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Expo Center. And plenty of ideas to take home.

One corner of a vast hall is dedicated to showcasing the 14 gardens entered in the Excellence in Landscaping Competition. Keeping with this year’s show theme, Hot Summer Nights, the gardens represent the latest trends in outdoor living, from kitchens to lighting effects, and lots of greenery suited to the Pacific Northwest.

A bath tub? King-size poster bed? Outdoor luxuries extend far beyond an al fresco kitchen.

Patrick Hughes of Wheel and Barrow Landscape Design and Maintenance teamed up with Dana Dokken of Bridge City Arbors and Stacey Bower of Eden’s Gate Design to create a garden with clean lines mixed with industrial salvage to represent the Association of Northwest Landscape Designers.

Take-home ideas:

Eco-friendly repurposed materials, reclaimed lumber and industrial salvage continue to be trendy.

Since the outside is an extension of the inside, outdoor rooms should match the quality of the interior space.

How do you know if you have the right plants? “When the garden dances.”

Debbie Brooks, a landscape designer with Creative Garden Spaces, paired up with Rick Snyder of Cornerstone Hardscapes to create a backyard living area in less than 1,200 square feet. There’s room to grill and dine under cover, and sit by the fire or relax by a water feature.

Take-home ideas:

Create a garden screen from old pallets to divide garden rooms and fill the slats with driftwood, sedums and sempervivums.

Construct a stylish barbecue shed to protect grills and refrigerators. Even those rated to withstand the outdoors can get beaten up by the elements here.

Combine different paving materials — like traditional concrete pavers with those that look like wood planks — to add interest and define individual spaces.

Marina Wynton of Olivine Land has created an urban garden in a patio entry to a townhouse adjacent to a carport.

Take-home ideas:

If space is tight on the ground, look up: Install an eco-roof structure.

Provide wildlife habitats with careful plant selection and sustainable design.

Rick McCutcheon of The Wall says retaining walls can “tame” once unusable slopes. He has teamed up with Larry Borlin of Borlin Landscape Services to show how to incorporate patios, walkways and beautiful landscaping.

Take-home ideas:

Create year-round living spaces with fire pits, water features and low-maintenance landscaping.

Turn your bland yard into a garden with raised planter beds and walkways to access planting areas.

Still need ideas?

There will be seminars presented by gardening gurus and the Portland Orchid Society and vendors will display rare orchids.

There will also be three tiny houses on display and nurseries will have ornamental and fruit bearing trees and shrubs, perennials, bulbs, grasses, ferns and water plants in the Original Plant Sale.

The Portland Home & Garden Show at the Expo, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland

Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 and Friday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22.

Admission: $10 (kids age 12 and under free; $2 off discount coupon

For more information: 503-246-8291,

Tips to better enjoy home and garden shows

  • Bring snacks to keep your strength up.
  • A backpack or large bag can hold brochures and small items.
  • Comfortable shoes will allow you to see more displays.
  • Tote a camera or smart phone to record ideas you’d like to copy or follow up on.
  • Don’t forget a notepad and pen.

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