Join Belgard at the Upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show

flower-show-logo As the largest hardscapes manufacturer in the nation, Belgard is once again proud to partner with the largest horticultural event in the nation as the 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show’s official hardscapes sponsor at the event to be held March 11-19, 2017, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

This year’s show, “Holland: Flowering the World”, will showcase the talents of our nation’s top horticulturalists and designers along with award-winning landscape and floral designers from the Netherlands. From towering windmills, wooden shoes and delectable cheeses, to the whimsical bicycles, canals and vibrant tulip fields of the iconic Dutch landscape, this year’s show will share the diverse stories of horticulture, innovative eco-design, and modern urban greening and sustainability efforts of the Netherlands.

In addition to the use of Belgard hardscapes throughout the entire show, Belgard will also exhibit a selection of hardscape products and Dutch-inspired landscaping in their display garden. The Belgard feature exhibit, which was designed by the Belgard Design Studio, will be constructed to emulate an expansive outdoor living space that includes an outdoor living room, kitchen, and dining area — featuring a variety of Belgard pavers, wall products, and the Bordeaux Series of the Belgard Elements Collection of outdoor fireplaces and kitchen units.

Rendering of the future Belgard display at the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show.

Rendering of the future Belgard display at the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show.

Sneak peek into the outdoor living room and kitchen that will be constructed in Belgard's expansive display.

Sneak peek into the outdoor living room and kitchen that will be constructed in Belgard’s expansive display.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and benefits a variety of year-round programs in the Philadelphia area that have become national models of urban greening. For more information on the show, visit theflowershow.com.

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Philadelphia Flower Show

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As the largest hardscapes manufacturer in the nation, Belgard has partnered with the largest horticultural event in the nation as the 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show’s official hardscapes sponsor at their event to be held March 5 – 13, 2016, in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

This year’s show, “Explore America,” will celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service and America’s majestic landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture by showcasing stunning displays created by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers. From Acadia and Cape Cod, to Valley Forge and Shenandoah, to Yellowstone, Yosemite and other iconic parks and historic sites, American beauty and glory will serve as inspiration for a variety of interactive exhibits.

In addition to the use of Belgard hardscapes throughout the entire show, Belgard will also exhibit a variety of hardscape products in their entrance display garden, which is titled “A Chesapeake Kind of Beautiful” and is a tribute to the Chesapeake Bay National Park.

Entrance sign to the Belgard display garden.

Entrance sign to the Belgard display garden.

The Belgard feature exhibit, which was designed by the Belgard Design Studio, will be constructed to emulate a home with an expansive backyard outdoor living space, which includes an Old World Paver™ driveway, a Mega-Lafitt™ paver patio, meandering gardens bordered with Anglia Edger®, a Bordeaux Belgard Elements outdoor kitchen and fireplace, and a Mirage® porcelain paver pavilion. Tandem™ Modular Grid will be used to create various structures throughout the feature display, included the pavilion posts, an arbor, end caps, and column wraps.

Rendering of the future Belgard display in the entrance garden of the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show.

Rendering of the future Belgard display in the entrance garden of the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and benefits a variety of year-round programs in the Philadelphia area that have become national models of urban greening. For more information on the show, visit theflowershow.com.

Enter for a Chance to Win the HGTV® Dream Home 2016

DH16 BRAND GUIDELINES_Sponsor.pagesAs a proud sponsor of the HGTV Dream Home 2016, we invite you to take a virtual walking tour of the Belgard outdoor living spaces of this waterfront retreat in Merritt Island, Florida, then enter for your chance to win this fabulous ultra modern home.

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Drive up to the ample guest parking area, with its arched duo-tone paver design that adds contemporary flair to the classic cobbled look of the driveway’s Old York™ Pavers. Then take the welcoming walkway, flanked by quaint picket fencing and colorful gardens, to the double-door entrance.

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As you make your way to the front door, imagine breezy mornings enjoying a cup of coffee and a buttery croissant with fresh fruit in this cozy breakfast nook, adjacent to the entrance.

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Next, step out onto the expansive multi-level backyard lanai, which boasts multiple seating areas to accommodate both large and intimate gatherings. Colorful hues of Lafitt™ Rustic Slab and coordinating Bullnose Coping don the lanai, step edges and poolscape to create one continuous and flowing contemporary design.

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Explore the various levels of the vibrant poolscape, with paver colors that mimic the natural tones of the surrounding waterfront property. Imagine enjoying a sunset cocktail as you walk down to the dock to greet neighboring boaters.

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To continue your virtual outdoor living tour, visit our Pinterest board for more photos of the HGTV Dream Home 2016.

Click here to enter to for your chance to win this amazing waterfront retreat!

No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the U.S., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends at 5 p.m. ET on 2/18/16. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. For full official rules, visit hgtv.com or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: “HGTV Dream Home Giveaway”- RR, P.O. Box 53445 Knoxville, TN 37950. Main Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC d/b/a DIY Network. Photos © 2015 Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved.

Enter the Belgard Backyard Tailgate Sweepstakes for the Chance to Win a Fabulous $6,000 Grill Station

SweepsHeroThis fall, the perfect tailgate isn’t at the game – it’s in your own backyard. Enter the Belgard Backyard Tailgate Sweepstakes, take the style quiz, and find recipes and tips to make your tailgate unforgettable.

Weekly Prize Package

Weekly Prize Package

What You Can Win:  Weekly winners will receive a $100 tailgating kit including a heavy-duty apron. One grand prize winner will receive a Belgard Elements Bordeaux Grill Station valued at $6,000.

What’s your tailgating personality?  Do you consider yourself to be a gourmet tailgating guru, or do you prefer to stick with the tried and true classics? Or, maybe you have a creative side and like to mix it up from time to time.

Tailgating Tips & Recipes

Tailgating Tips & Recipes

Get Ready for the Big Game:  From lawn and paver maintenance to the top 10 tips for backyard tailgating, learn how to make your next backyard bash unforgettable.

Ultimate Tailgating Recipes:  Whether you’re on a quest to find your new favorite burger recipe or are looking for a gourmet twist on tailgating, we’ve got the recipe for you!

 

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contest ends 10/31/2014. Void where prohibited by law. 

How to Throw the Ultimate Back-to-School Bash

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August is upon us once more. For many of us, that means the kids are heading back to school. Doesn’t it seem like June was just kicking off a season of family adventure? Time flies when you’re having fun in the sun!

After months of warm weather and long summer nights, why not take one more chance to celebrate the season and send the kids off in style? Just because school is starting, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the last of summer. Make August your time to throw the ultimate back-to-school bash!

A lot goes into planning a party, but thankfully, we’ve got all you need to make the process easy, quick, and fun! Check out these five steps and have the best back-to-school party on the block.

1. Center on summer

When planning your back-to-school bash, make sure you channel the season. Summer might not be over, but for the kids, heading back to school pretty much marks the end of summer fun. So, make this no ordinary outdoor party… you’re celebrating the end of summer, the kids starting another year of school, and all of the wonderful fun you’ve had together these past few months.

Emphasize the best parts of the season, like the warm weather, long nights and of course, the perfect time to be outside. You know what that means…. get outdoors! Put your yard to use and center the party around your landscape’s best features—whether that be the pool, the patio, or the yard. There’s no better way to say goodbye to summer than making it the focal point of your party. Get everyone out of the house and enjoy the sun!

2. Choose your theme

Every great party starts with a great theme, and back-to-school parties are no different. In order to make decorating easy, choose a theme and stick to it.

Do you want to have a barbeque? Grab some checkered tablecloths and mason jars. Or maybe you’d rather pretend you’re at the beach and have a luau around the pool. In that case, think Hawaii– leis, tiki torches, the whole deal. Don’t really feel like going all out on decorations? No problem! Check out our tips for lighting up your hardscape for an easy way to add some flair to your backyard!

3. Make a menu

It isn’t a party until you break out the food and drinks, so take time developing your menu. Highlight your family’s summer favorites: BBQ chicken, burgers, fruit salad, and more. There’s no need to hide inside while everyone else is enjoying the sun… put your grill to use and cook outdoors with your family and friends!

Make sure you consult the kids about kid-friendly options—it is their last hurrah, after all. Get them involved and come up with “kid-cook” options that they can prepare too. And of course, don’t forget dessert. Need some inspiration? Check out our Salted Caramel Ice Cream recipe, or whip up some s’mores!

4. Plan activities

One of the best parts of summer is the endless list of outdoor activities you can do. Plan some fun summer games for your back-to-school bash. Want to get an expert’s opinion? Ask the kids! They are the masters of fun.

In the mean time, here are a few suggestions for you: If you’re having a pool party, enjoy a game of Marco Polo or set up water races. Winners get a prize, like a piece of candy! If a luau strikes your fancy, do the limbo or have a hula contest. Cornhole (bag toss) is great for barbeques, and water balloons are guaranteed fun for any theme. Be creative, and remember, get outside!

5. Have a blast

Planning and hosting a party can be overwhelming. Make sure to take a deep breath and enjoy your time with your family and friends. After all, that’s what this celebration is all about!

Remember that going back to school marks a big time for the kids. New teachers, new classmates and new subjects can be a lot of exciting changes all at once! So soak in the sun, reminisce with them about your favorite summer memories, and cherish your time together. Summer only comes once a year, and this is it for the kids. Send them off with a bang, and get ready for the fun the school year brings!

What to Know About Lighting Up Your Hardscape

Your patio looks great. Your furniture is spiffy and your outdoor cushions compliment each other. Your garden has grown into a green goddess of gardening perfection.

The only thing missing? The lights!

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What good is your outdoor paradise if you can’t enjoy it on a beautiful summer night? With so many big features to focus on—brick layout, grill options, fireplace structure—many outdoor enthusiasts forget that lighting is a key feature in creating the ultimate backyard living experience.

Why are lights so important? Well, besides making sure you don’t trip on your way to your Belgard Brick Oven, lighting can enhance your hardscape. It’s all about what you’re in the mood to do. Do you want to show off your perfectly pruned garden? Are you having an evening soiree with friends and family?

Don’t worry. Whatever your desire, we’ve got all you need to know about setting the mood in your hardscape.

If you’re in the mood to… Highlight Your Garden

Just because it’s dark outside, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show off your garden! Canopy lights are a perfect way to illuminate your plants and flowers once the sun goes down. These lights sit on an 18-24 inch post and can add a decorative element to your garden. Use low voltage lights, which are easy to install. You can even bury the cable beneath the dirt! Don’t want to deal with cables? Use solar lights!

If you’re in the mood to… Highlight Your Hardscape

Your garden isn’t the only thing that needs showing off! What about that great patio? For general landscape and hardscape lighting, spotlights can be very useful. Spotlights are used for a number of lighting techniques, including highlighting and uplighting. Highlighting is often used to illuminate trees by placing a spotlight near the base. Uplighting involves placing spotlights close to the base of a fixture (like a home or special hardscape feature) and creates a dramatic yet welcoming effect.

If you’re in the mood to… Light the Way

Lighting up your pathway is both a practical and aesthetic way to enhance your hardscape. The good news about path lighting? There are so many options. The bad news about path lighting? There are so many options! Perhaps you’d like to create a backyard beach paradise with tiki torches. Or maybe you’re more into the rustic, medieval look with lanterns. Or you love the traditional, tried and true canopy path lights. Whatever your style is, think about the mood you’re trying to create and use variety. For example, if your pathway is lined primarily with green, try using a bamboo path light to add some contrast. Avoid placing lights in a straight line or too close together. You wouldn’t want your path to look like a runway!

If you’re in the mood to… Have a Party

Who isn’t in the mood to have a party when the weather is warm? Don’t fret about complicated decorations – use lights instead! Lighting is an easy way to give your hardscape a festive atmosphere. Once again, it’s all about your mood. Use paper lanterns for a pop of color and a fun loving, youthful vibe. Or, have a southern soiree by placing candles or twinkling lights in mason jars for your backyard barbeque. Use your tiki torch path lights for a Luau! Want to take the romantic route? Candles are the way to go. Also, string lights can spruce up your hardscape, too. They come in several designs—butterflies, twinkling, standard Christmas style—and can be used for a variety of occasions.

If you’re in the mood to… Feel the Fire

We can’t talk about lighting without talking about fireplaces! What better way to light up the night than basking in the warm, natural glow of your fireplace? Fireplaces go with every occasion – pool parties, romantic dinners, family barbeques, or just relaxing and enjoying the outdoors! Cuddle up with your honey, tell ghost stories with the kids, and indulge in some s’mores, all the while taking in your landscape in the firelight. Don’t have a fireplace? See what we have to offer!

As you can see, lighting is all about your mood. What’s the occasion? The theme? The energy? Whatever you’re trying to accomplish with lighting decor, have fun when using this versatile method to set the mood in your landscape!

Have more hardscape lighting questions or suggestions? Share them in the comments! We’d love to chat about it with you.