Perfect day to pick up ideas at Home & Garden Show

By Geri Gibbons - For Times Leader
Katie Wisnosky looks over her merchandise at the Lularoe booth at the Home & Garden Show on Saturday. - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Josh Galanti cuts a sample of fudge at the Chocolate Moonshine Company at the Home & Garden Show on Saturday. The event continues Sunday. - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Monica Wilson, of Mayfield, at right, sniffs the fragrance daughter Akajiah Middauzgh, 10, offers her to sample at the Pink Zebra Fragrance booth Saturday at the Home & Garden Show at the Mohegan Sun Arena. - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Patrons are shown checking out vendors Saturday at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. The three-day event continues Sunday. - - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Colorful flowers are shown on display Saturday at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. The event continues Sunday. - - Fred Adams | for Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Saturday’s abundant sunshine and summerlike temperatures had many folks thinking about indoor and outdoor improvement projects.

So, what better place to visit than the 17th Annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show?

Event organizer Megan Walker, of Show Technology Productions, said some people visited to get ideas, buy materials and complete projects on their own.

Others not so bold or skilled opted to take advantage of participating vendors who would not only provide the ideas, but the legwork as well.

In either scenario, attendees seemed to be appreciating the chance to put down their snow shovels and focus on cleaning, gardening and decorating.

“One of the things that has been the most popular this year is our expansive Master Gardening section, as well as our plant sale,” said Walker. “Both seem to be helping people welcome the spring season and warmer weather.”

Monica Wilson, Mayfield, won tickets to the show at the Mohegan Sun Arena from a local radio station. She brought her three children, ages 11, 10 and 3, out for some family time.

Mayfield, who is expecting a baby in June, was enjoying home-decorating ideas, especially a multitude of scents offered by Pink Zebra, which offered a fragrant wax-like material that can be used to make a home smell like your grandmother’s kitchen, your grandfather’s pipe or Thanksgiving dinner.

Still, she acknowledged her mind kept going back to homemade fudge available several booths away.

“It looks really good,” she said. “First, I’m going to see what they have here and then, I’m definitely getting chocolate fudge.”

Mike Galanti, of the Chocolate Moonshine Company that was offering the fudge, said his product was indeed well-received.

“Carmel sea salt is especially popular,” he said, as he gave out samples to customers trying to decide between milk and dark chocolate, or between savory and sweet varieties.

Galanti said it was his first year as a vendor at the event and he called the venue “unique.”

“People keep walking by,” he said. “It’s a good flow.”

Katie Wisnosky was offering Lularoe clothing products, with profits going toward Breaking Ground Poets, a volunteer-run organization geared toward “building a generation of readers, writers and thinkers.”

The clothing was bright, filled with flowers and bold colors — a perfect backdrop for looking forward to spring blooms, said Wisnosky.

The show continues Sunday at the arena. The Times Leader Media Group is a sponsor.

Katie Wisnosky looks over her merchandise at the Lularoe booth at the Home & Garden Show on Saturday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_home_show4_faa-1.jpgKatie Wisnosky looks over her merchandise at the Lularoe booth at the Home & Garden Show on Saturday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Josh Galanti cuts a sample of fudge at the Chocolate Moonshine Company at the Home & Garden Show on Saturday. The event continues Sunday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_home_show3_faa-1.jpgJosh Galanti cuts a sample of fudge at the Chocolate Moonshine Company at the Home & Garden Show on Saturday. The event continues Sunday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Monica Wilson, of Mayfield, at right, sniffs the fragrance daughter Akajiah Middauzgh, 10, offers her to sample at the Pink Zebra Fragrance booth Saturday at the Home & Garden Show at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_home_show2_faa-1.jpgMonica Wilson, of Mayfield, at right, sniffs the fragrance daughter Akajiah Middauzgh, 10, offers her to sample at the Pink Zebra Fragrance booth Saturday at the Home & Garden Show at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Patrons are shown checking out vendors Saturday at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. The three-day event continues Sunday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_home_show5_faa-1.jpgPatrons are shown checking out vendors Saturday at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. The three-day event continues Sunday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Colorful flowers are shown on display Saturday at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. The event continues Sunday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_home_show1_faa-1.jpgColorful flowers are shown on display Saturday at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. The event continues Sunday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Perfect day to pick up project ideas

By Geri Gibbons

For Times Leader