Trendspotting at the St. Paul Home & Patio Show

Home and garden shows are always a great way to learn about the newest products and trends.

Anchor Block Company partnered with The Home Depot, Holm & Olson and Sculptured Earth at this year’s St. Paul Home & Patio Show from February 14 – 17, 2013, to help inspire homeowners with their spring projects. Here are a few outdoor living trends featured at the show.

Fire Pits and Fireplaces

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey listed outdoor fire pits or fireplaces as the most in-demand item this year – and they were a popular item at the show as well. While fireplace installations should be done by a landscape contractor, products such as the Fresco™ fire pit kit are suitable for professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike.


Fresco™ Fire Pit Kit

Water Features

Decorative water elements – including fountains and waterfalls – are also predicted to be popular this year. If you’re short on space, don’t cross this feature off your list. A simple but striking fountain built with Brisa® freestanding wall blocks can be as small as 4 feet in radius.


Brisa® Freestanding Wall System


Columns are as functional as they are decorative. As a wall end, they welcome planters, lighting or even a mailbox; standing alone, they can be used to create benches, pub tables and more.

Fresco™ Wall System

Fresco™ Wall System

If you missed the St. Paul show there are more opportunities on the spring calendar, including the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show, which runs February 27 – March 3, 2013, and the Bachman’s Landscape Design Show on March 9, 2013.

For more outdoor living inspiration, be sure to visit the Anchor Block Company website, which is full of project photos, installation tips and more. Whatever inspiration you find to make your landscape dreams come true, click over to our Facebook page and tell us about what you discover.