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Ashley Kus, 2, shows off the flower girl dress and shoes she’ll wear on Friday when her father and mother, Joseph Kus and Jessica Funk, get married at the Home Garden Show in Euclid. The couple won the wedding at last year’s show.” Ashley Kus, 2, shows off the flower girl dress and shoes she’ll wear on Friday when her father and mother, Joseph Kus and Jessica Funk, get married at the Home Garden Show in Euclid. The couple won the wedding at last year’s show.

Winning the $10,000 wedding package at last year’s show has allowed Jessica Funk and Joseph Kus to begin their marriage with a home they were able to purchase in Madison. The couple have been working on updating their house with skills and ideas acquired by attending past shows. But they’ll miss the opening weekend of this year’s show because they’ll be at their wedding reception and then on a honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico.

“My mom actually put my name in a jar to win the wedding,” said Kus, adding that his relationship with Funk has now come full circle. “We had a photo taken of me down on one knee proposing to Jessica at a show three years ago when it was at the IX Center.”

Kus, who grew up in Auburn Township, is 26 and the last of three siblings to get married. Funk, 32, grew up in Painesville Township and graduated from Harvey High. The two met at STERIS Corp. in Mentor, where both are employed. They’ve been together for three years, and their daughter, Ashley, 2, will be one of three flower girls.

Kus’ mother made Ashley’s dress, but the seven bridesmaids, seven groomsmen and flower girls had to arrange their own attire for the big day. But almost everything else was taken care of as part of the prize. Although his formal wear comes from Commodore Tuxedo, he says he’s old fashioned and hasn’t seen Funk’s gown, which is from Catan Fashions. Her bouquet is from Blush Customs Weddings, and their 104 person reception will be at Tizzano’s Party Center. Take 1 Video and Cyndi’z Photographix will capture the special moments.

The couple’s wedding will be in the specially designed Wedding Garden, surrounded with spring flowers and anchored by a gazebo. Throughout the Home Garden Show, Friday through Jan. 30, other couples can register to win a similar wedding in next year’s Wedding Garden.

This is the 68th annual show, but it’s only the second to take place in close to home Euclid. A year ago the show opened the 215,000 square foot Great Lakes Expo Center, which is surrounded by 10 acres of free parking.

There’s still a similar show at the I X Center in Cleveland, but it’s been named the 2011 Great Big Home Garden Expo, and it takes place Feb. 5 through 13.

At last year’s show in Euclid, many visitors said the smaller show was more manageable.

With its acres of gardens, home improvement workshops and landscaping ideas, the show is a perennial favorite among the winter weary, especially those from Lake and Geauga counties. Beyond its 13 fragrant gardens will be four interactive stages, 12 designer rooms and a variety of exhibitors showcasing many trends.

Local folks, including those operating many area garden centers and nurseries, have had a hand in making this closer to home show possible.

Canada is the theme this year, so when the 25 landscape horticulture students from Auburn Career Center set out to design their 2,400 square foot entry feature garden, Canada’s natural, unspoiled terrain was their inspiration. They got guidance from Brian Pattie and Josh Tooker from the Pattie Group as they sketched their preliminary designs, but the entire team made the final selection for the plan.

Red and white plant materials were chosen to celebrate the colors of the Canadian flag with red maples and white flowers as a blend of brick and natural stone sets the tone. Fern, birch and evergreens fill out the mood of Canada.

Ten of the Auburn students that horticulture instructor Dave Richards brought to this year’s show also helped build a show garden last year.

It’s a collaborative effort this year with 15 students from the Architecture and Project Management program led at Auburn by instructor Bob Tomsich.

“They’re learning project management, supervision and teamwork with this collaboration,” Tomish said of the effort between the two classes.

Craig Cormack of Maple Ridge Garden Center in Concord Township has been planning since last year’s show on ways to make his space even better. He’s collaborating with the Lake County Visitors Bureau, Holden Arboretum and Lake Metroparks Farmpark on a 4,500 square foot space in the center’s southwest corner that will include a waterfall, treehouse and stage for speaker programs. The Discovery Den, which he operates at his garden center as a place to buy nature and science related gifts for children, will be established beneath a live roof at the show this year.

The roof replicates those seen in Scandinavian countries that have grasses and other materials growing on them.

At the base of the tree house, Discovery Den will stage kids’ “make it and take it” nature inspired crafts projects.

Cormack’s space will have a 10 foot waterfall and again will host Bob Ulas and the Lake County Visitors Bureau.

“At last year’s show, Bob passed out more than 5,000 brochures about Lake County,” Cormack said. “Since Lake County is right next door to Euclid there’s a lot more interest in our attractions from that crowd, compared to those who used to come when the show was at the I X Center.”

Gardeners can take advantage of two renowned horticultural leaders to get answers to their most pressing questions from the Ask the Experts Gardening Stage where experts from the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Master Gardeners from Ohio State University Extension will interact with the crowd. Discussions about everything from composting and gardening trends to hot new plant materials will take place there.

The Interior Design stage will have experts from Sherwin Williams along with professional designers to answer questions, share tips, advice and do it yourself solutions at daily seminars.

The Home Idea Center will showcase a dozen designer rooms, which will include six designer walls that will reveal the secrets about staging your home, refurbishing furniture, selecting draperies and applying finishes that range from Venetian plaster to brushed metallic and faux finishes.

Those who love cooking shows will want to head for the Cooking Stage, where chefs will team up with Adam Wilson from the Viking Store to teach about a wide variety of dishes and techniques.
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