Show Features

650+ Exhibitors
Habitat for Humanity
Dr. Lori – Antique Appraisals
Grilling Experts Mad Dog & Merrill
Melinda Myers
Master Gardeners
Garden Gallery
Show Bucks
Family Fun Area
Chainsaw Carving Demos
$1,000 Giveaway

650+ Exhibitors

We’re proud to have more than 650 exhibitors in attendance! Our exhibitors feature products and services for kitchen, bath, landscaping, interior decor, bedding, windows, siding, roofing, gutters, patios, driveways and more. Plus we have a number of cash & carry items that make a trip to our show an event worth coming back for year after year!

We invite you to check out our exhibitor list, conveniently listed by business category. If you are looking for a specific company, just use the find/search tool in your browser!

Habitat for Humanity

The Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show is proud to begin a new chapter in giving back to the community. We’ve selected Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne as our charitable partner for the 2020 show. A portion of ticket proceeds / revenue will be donated to Habitat for Humanity in an effort to build a show sponsored home for someone in the community. We are working with our show exhibitors to contribute donations of materials, labor & more! We’re excited to support this great community cause! Be sure to stop by the Habitat display at the show to learn how you can help!

If you’d like to make a direct donation towards the Home & Garden Show Build Fund, you can do so by clicking the button below and selecting Home & Garden Show from the drop down menu at the top of Habitat’s donation page in the field marked Fund:

Donate to the Home & Garden Build Fund

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating sub-standard housing. Since 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne has built nearly 250 affordable, quality homes for families in our community. The Habitat program allows families to purchase a stable and decent home with an affordable mortgage. Proceeds from monthly payments help build more homes in Allen, Huntington and Wells counties.

Qualified families invest time in what we call Sweat Equity – by taking classes to prepare them for homeownership, working on Habitat build sites, and eventually, helping to build their very own home. We are not a custom home builder and have pre-set house designs and build locations.

FREE Antique Appraisals by Dr. Lori

Dr. Lori will host two FREE Antique Appraisal Comedy Shows per day at the show. Each showgoer is welcome to bring 1 item per show for free a appraisal!

Showtimes are:

  • Thu-Sat at 3p & 6p
  • Sunday 12p & 3p
Get all the Dr. Lori details!

Grillologists – Mad Dog & Merrill

Internationally recognized and self-proclaimed “Grillologists,” Mad Dog & Merrill, entertain and educate thousands of backyard enthusiasts every year with the finer points of grilling. They want nothing more than to make everyone a better griller and have a ton of fun doing it! Mad Dog & Merrill travel the country performing in front of live audiences and hosting the TV series Mad Dog & Merrill Midwest Grill’n that shows viewers how easy it is to be creative and entertain in their own backyard. Enjoy this web site and a comprehensive behind the scenes look of the most entertaining and knowledgeable “Grillologists” of the past 35 years, Mad Dog & Merrill®.

Appearance Schedule

Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 12p, 4p & 7p
Sunday at 1p and 3p

Gardening Expert – Melinda Myers

Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening, the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook, and Jackson and Perkins’ Beautiful Roses Made Easy. She hosts the nationally-syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” program airing on over 115 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. Melinda also hosts the internationally distributed Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series, including the latest Food Gardening for Everyone DVD set. She is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine, writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column, a regular column for Chicagoland Gardening and Wisconsin Gardening magazines and a nationally-distributed gardening column. She appears regularly as a guest expert on national and local television and radio shows.

See her full bio here!

Speaking Details & Schedule

Melinda will be speaking in the Appleseed Room alongside the Master Gardeners! She will focus on two primary topics during the show…

  • Garden Trends – From new plant varieties, products and growing techniques to interesting designs, we’ll take a look at some of the new trends in gardening. Air plants, terrariums and easy-care plants are filling our homes. While outdoors, hardier, compact and more pest-resistant varieties as well as ornamental edibles and succulents continue to grow in popularity. New materials blended with traditional favorites combine to create your perfect outdoor room.
    • Presented at the following times…
      • Thursday & Friday at 2p
      • Saturday at 2p & 7p
      • Sunday at 12p
  • Attracting Bees, Hummingbirds & Butterflies to the Garden – Enjoy the many benefits of attracting bees, hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden. You’ll enjoy their beauty and increased productivity in your garden, and they’ll benefit from the food, water and shelter you provide. Melinda will share some attractive plant combinations and designs that are sure to attract pollinators to your garden no matter the size!
    • Presented at the following times…
      • Thursday & Friday at 7p
      • Saturday at 5p

She will offer an additional kid-focused presentation on Sunday at 2p on the Family Fun Stage!

Purdue Extension Master Gardeners Seminars

A staple of the Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show, the Purdue Extension Master Gardeners are invited to come and educate others on topics ranging the gamut of gardening.

Speakers & Topics

Our lineup of Purdue Extension Master Gardener speakers and topics is available here!

Hourly $100 Show Buck Giveaways

That’s right, each hour we select a random winner to receive $100 in Show Bucks, which can be spent on any item at the show with our participating exhibitors!

Summertime Themed – Family Fun Area

Always a hit among families with young children at the show, our Family Fun Area, sponsored by our friends at WLDE, changes themes each year!

Kids (in life and at heart) will be able to touch and feel unique animals, get their pictures taken with characters, watch martial arts and dance demonstrations, learn how to make a balloon creation and much more!

Annual Theme

The 2020 Family Fun Areas theme is – Summertime!

Thursday & Friday

  • 4p – Indiana Wild – Live Animal Show
  • 7p – All Star Martial Arts demonstration


  • 1p – Indiana Wild – Live Animal Show
  • 4p – All Star Martial Arts demonstration
  • 7p – Indiana Wild – Live Animal Show


  • 1p – Indiana Wild – Live Animal Show
  • 2p – Melinda Myers – Calling All Kids – Grow Your Own Microgreen Garden
    • Fun activities the whole family will enjoy.

Chainsaw Carving Demos

Watch masterful art transform before your eyes, throughout the show, as chainsaw carver Paul Moon dazzles with his skill and precision!

$1,000 Cash Giveaway from WAJI

Thanks to our friends at WAJI, you could win $1,000 at the show! All you need to do is fill out this form and turn it in at the WAJI booth in the lobby of the show! Sign up sheets will also be available in the lobby if you don’t want to print this one out.