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Even Cut Lawn Care
02-21-2009, 11:28 PM
Okay Guys,
Our local Home Builders Association is having their annual home show in a few weeks and I want to do a booth. The booth space is 8'x10' Does anyone have any pictures of booths or displays that they have done?\

Thanks, Matt

JimLewis
03-05-2009, 02:20 AM
Sure. I've got a lot. I'll go up to the office and post some in a few minutes.....

JimLewis
03-05-2009, 02:34 AM
Here is probably the best booth I've ever seen at a trade show :laugh:


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JimLewis
03-05-2009, 02:39 AM
Just kidding. That was my first attempt at a booth. We're not really the best company for trade shows because we only service a small part of the metro-area that I live in. So it's not worth it for us to create a really fancy high end display like some of the big companies in town do. Anyway, here are a bunch of photos from previous years.....


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JimLewis
03-05-2009, 02:42 AM
Here are some more 10' x 10's



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JimLewis
03-05-2009, 02:45 AM
More.......



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JimLewis
03-05-2009, 02:48 AM
More...........................


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JimLewis
03-05-2009, 02:52 AM
And here are some that are larger than 10' x 10'. Some of these are 20' x 10' and some are 20' x 20'.......



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JimLewis
03-05-2009, 02:55 AM
A few more larger displays at the show;


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JimLewis
03-05-2009, 02:57 AM
More......


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JimLewis
03-05-2009, 02:59 AM
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JimLewis
03-05-2009, 03:00 AM
And that's about all I got. I didn't take very many this year as I was tied up at my own booth. So most of those are from the 2007 show. But you should be able to get plenty of ideas from all that....Enjoy!

kootoomootoo
03-05-2009, 08:32 AM
Have to say that most are pretty average....compared to what we are used to over here. How lond did u get to build them.

JimLewis
03-05-2009, 02:05 PM
Cool. Glad to hear you guys are so much better. :rolleyes: I could care less. I was just sharing photos I took. If you want to share some of your photos of your area's "amazing booths" go ahead. And if you want to come to the show next year and educate everyone in Oregon on how to build a proper display, then I'll let you know when the show is and you can do it. Or maybe you are just content to criticize. Either way, I don't care. I was just sharing photos. If you want to show us how a really killer booth looks, let's see it!

Gurp
03-06-2009, 12:12 AM
Jim...thanks a lot for the pics!

I own a landscaping supplies company and we are going to be in a show in about 2 weeks. We have pretty much designed our booth already, but these pics are nice to see. This is the first show that we are going to be in so hope all goes well.

Thanks again :)

JimLewis
03-06-2009, 01:52 AM
Your welcome. Glad I could help.

White Gardens
03-06-2009, 10:48 AM
Or maybe you are just content to criticize. Either way, I don't care. I was just sharing photos. If you want to show us how a really killer booth looks, let's see it!

Good job Jim, tell it like it is.

DUSTYCEDAR
03-06-2009, 10:57 AM
Did you get a lot of work from the booth?

JimLewis
03-06-2009, 11:58 AM
Hard to tell yet. The season hasn't totally started yet here. We've still had a little cooler temperatures than normal and because of the unusual freezing spells we had this winter, the usual spring bloomers (like daffodils, tulips, flowering cherry, star magnolia, etc.) haven't even shown their faces yet. So most people still aren't thinking about landscaping much yet.

The show was a little odd for us. Portland is on the border of Washington and about half of the people we talked to were there from Washington. So since we don't do work in that area (and aren't licensed there), those customers were no value to us. Then, many of the people there were from far away parts of the state, just looking. So they were no help either. Of the people from Portland area, only about half of them were from the West Side, which is all we service. So all and all, only about 15-20% of the attendees were from the area we service. And it was difficult to find them.

Despite that, we made about 40-45 good strong contacts from our area who were definitely going to be doing some landscaping this year. We are currently doing a design for one of them and I am in the process of working up a bid for another one. Another one or two I have appointments with next week. But the rest haven't called yet. I expect several of them will call, but later as the season starts to come up and things begin to warm up. I am especially awaiting one call from this guy who came in - design in hand - and had a really nice $80K+ job he wanted us to bid on. That job alone would make it worth it.

Overall, not as good as I expected. But we'll see. If we at least land 4-5 decent construction jobs from it, it will be worth it.

DUSTYCEDAR
03-06-2009, 12:18 PM
thanks for the info

Mid-Ohio Scaper
03-12-2009, 02:55 AM
Of the people from Portland area, only about half of them were from the West Side, which is all we service. So all and all, only about 15-20% of the attendees were from the area we service. And it was difficult to find them.

Why would you limit yourself to the west side of Portland? Is there no money in the other parts parts of town?

vtscaper
03-15-2009, 10:10 PM
Here are some photos of our booth at a recent show. Its a 10' by 10', small but you really can do a lot with 100 Sq'.

TXNSLighting
03-15-2009, 10:29 PM
Have to say that most are pretty average....compared to what we are used to over here. How lond did u get to build them.

God your such an idiot.

JimLewis
03-15-2009, 11:12 PM
Nice booth Chris! It looks a lot bigger than it is because you don't have anything around your booth. I hated the drapes we had around most of our booths. I wish we had an open one like yours. That turned out very nice. Good added touch with the Pergola too.

Mid-Ohio Scaper
03-16-2009, 01:49 AM
Chris,
I'd have to say your display is the classiest and most tastefully put together display I've seen on this thread yet. :drinkup:

vtscaper
03-17-2009, 10:55 PM
Thanks guys. It gets me moving in early march.

riverwalklandscaping
03-18-2009, 01:22 AM
was that at the essex or the st albans show?

vtscaper
03-18-2009, 04:38 PM
It was the VT Flower Show at CVE.

Dripit good
03-20-2009, 01:04 PM
Great job contributing on the pics Jim. We just finished 2 shows ourselves......4 more to go.:dizzy:

Nice looking displays. I'm particularly impressed with pic #1 of the 10th post. Very interesting display. What the heck are those three tall features? Are they stone?? They look very cool.

Pic #2 of the 10th post is impressive also. The boulders appear to be real, and the stone wall between the boulders is fantastic. I don't think I've seen tighter joints between each rock such as that one, plus offering a nice flat top to finish it off. It all appears to be real stone, but it's hard to believe because the fit of each rock is so tight and sweet.

At first I thought you took those series of pictures before the show, as there is no overhead lighting. Was that by design so the exhibitors can showcase their lighting? It kind of looks that way. I like it! :cool2:

By the way, kootoomootoo.........if you consider those average, let's see your show display. I'm thinking you got a whole lot of nothin to offer other than a jack pole comment.:laugh:

JimLewis
03-20-2009, 03:32 PM
Ya know, I don't know what those things are. It's been two years since I took most of those photos. They're very different.

As for the rock wall, yah, I love that one too. Incredibly tight joints. And I like the way they tucked the whole wall into the boulders on the ends. Very classy work. That variety of rock wall (basalt dry-stack wall) is very popular here in the NW. Probably the most popular type of retaining wall you see around here. We have a lot of that rock in the ground here. We install a lot of those kinds of walls too. But most of our customers don't want to spend the kind of money it would take for us to build them THAT nice. So the ones we typically install are nice and are on par or even nicer than most in the area. But that guy obviously does some really high end work. We don't get much of that.

As for the lighting, the Portland Home & Garden show has one key highlight of the event. One whole building is called the "display gardens". And they get bigger and bigger each year. If I could have gotten some photos of the ones this year, they were REALLY amazing. Anyway, in that building only, the lights are turned down and then specialty spotlights are installed along the ceiling just to highlight certain parts of the displays. There are no 'booths' in that building. Just full-scale landscapes. Some of these guys spend $250,000+ on their displays. And it's difficult to even get a photo of some of them because they are so large. Three of them this year even had a friggin' full scale house or house facades built into the display. It was crazy. So in that area, the lights are kept low to highlight each display garden.

Here are a few photos I found on the internet of some of the 'display garden' displays of 2008 and 2009. Although I can't seem to find any photos of the REALLY huge displays....

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http://redbirddesign.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/2009-homegardenshow_elementsoflife.jpg

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http://remodelerscouncil.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/steve-stolze-with-joe-v.jpg?w=500&h=375

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http://www.hollywoodlighting.biz/images/gallery/tradeshows/lg/home_and_garden_b_lg.jpg

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http://www.hollywoodlighting.biz/images/gallery/tradeshows/lg/home_and_garden_c_lg.jpg

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http://www.hollywoodlighting.biz/images/gallery/tradeshows/lg/home_and_garden_e_lg.jpg

BullfrogLawn
03-23-2009, 05:18 PM
God your such an idiot.

hahahaha... yep

kootoomootoo
03-23-2009, 07:14 PM
hahahaha... yep

Mediocrity has it fans. Looks like I found them. :clapping:

SoDak
03-24-2009, 04:12 PM
Here is my 10' x 20' display at our local lawn and garden show this past weekend. I did remove the plastic that is showing before the show started. Thanks to all of those that provided pictures in the previous threads. They really helped in giving me ideas for this show. I tried to keep it clean and simple.

gobbles2700
03-24-2009, 11:43 PM
Chris your booth is exactly what I was thinking about, only difference was I was thinking some arborviteas or Leylands for the background instead of curtains. I think the pergola would serve as a huge draw, the other feature I was thinking was make a skid with a bubbler on it for running water. In the future, I'm just starting to develope the installation side, been doing maintenance and lawn installs for the past 10 years.

Back to the OP would love to see some more booths as almost all of these have been better than what we see around here.

Gurp
03-25-2009, 12:33 AM
Here are pics of our booth from this past weekend....we are a landscaping supplies co.

gobbles2700
03-25-2009, 11:40 AM
Gurp can you contact me tim@spanoslandscaping.com you don't seam to have pms enabled.

Utahlandscaping
03-28-2009, 02:38 PM
Great pics, Jim. My personal motto with home shows is go as big as you can possibly afford. Some of our biggest clients have come from walking through home show exhibits. Here are a couple of our pictures from this years home and garden show.
http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/day1.jpg

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/fireplace.jpg

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/showtime.jpg

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/showtime2.jpg

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/showtime3.jpg

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/workinghard.jpg

Dustin Garcia
C&C Landscaping
www.utahlandscaping.com

Ducke
03-28-2009, 06:17 PM
Here are some pictures from our booth last year.

TXNSLighting
03-28-2009, 11:41 PM
Great pics, Jim. My personal motto with home shows is go as big as you can possibly afford. Some of our biggest clients have come from walking through home show exhibits. Here are a couple of our pictures from this years home and garden show.
http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/day1.jpg

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/fireplace.jpg

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/showtime.jpg

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/showtime2.jpg

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/showtime3.jpg

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/workinghard.jpg

Dustin Garcia
C&C Landscaping
www.utahlandscaping.com

Now thats what im talking about!

mdvaden
03-29-2009, 02:20 AM
This thread is a bit older, but figured I'd offer a tip for the future.

If you can ever get a corner, try it.

At the Portland Yard, Garden and Patio Show one year, I paid only $50, maybe $100 more for a corner.

In a row, you only have one side, and the sign is only visible from in front and slightly to the side.

On a corner, it's visible in several directions for up to a couple of hundred feet. It's almost worth the visibility of two booths.

And if you have 2 people at the booth, you can talk to people on both sides - less cramped.

If you are doing a display area - whole different scenerio. I think the shows are fun to attend too. It's a very relaxing atmosphere considering.

Utahlandscaping
03-30-2009, 10:23 AM
I would say the main reason we wouldn't use a corner is the fact it takes away space to show off dirt retention. We build big piles of dirt for the water features. The backside of those piles is an excellent place to show off boulder walls and planting pockets. Not to mention we usually have multiple entrances to the feature. I can see where a corner would be beneficial for some displays.

Utahlandscaping
03-30-2009, 10:40 AM
Posted these in another thread but figured I would put them here, too. This is another homeshow booth we did.

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/Picture276.jpg
http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/Picture277.jpg

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/Picture278.jpg

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z312/rastapope/Picture280.jpg

JimLewis
03-30-2009, 01:34 PM
Problem with a corner is it's usually at least 10' x 20'. In fact, most of the ones this year at the Home & Garden show were actually 20' x 20'. And the cost of an "end" unit like that is more than double, because of the recognized exposure and demand. For the 20' x 20', they are more than 4x the price of a regular booth. It would be nice to get a big booth like that but my costs for the booth go up exponentially as would my costs for materials and set-up. In February, we were lucky enough to be able to afford a 10' x 10'.

mdvaden
03-30-2009, 09:53 PM
Problem with a corner is it's usually at least 10' x 20'. In fact, most of the ones this year at the Home & Garden show were actually 20' x 20'. And the cost of an "end" unit like that is more than double, because of the recognized exposure and demand. For the 20' x 20', they are more than 4x the price of a regular booth. It would be nice to get a big booth like that but my costs for the booth go up exponentially as would my costs for materials and set-up. In February, we were lucky enough to be able to afford a 10' x 10'.

I haven't been to that show in a while.

It was llike 5 years ago that I leased a booth at the Yard Garden and Patio show. There were a lot of 10 x 10 s available on corners back then. I think $650 is real close to what I paid.

It's nifty the way they use the ice to water the plants.