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This past weekend saw the return of The Riverside Home and Garden Show to the newly remodeled Riverside Convention Center. Although there were still plenty of vendors there promoting excesses of every kind, there were many more eco-friendly vendors than the show used to promote before the facility's remodel forced them to hold the event elsewhere. Even the seminar sessions were greener. In the past the event used to promote things like DIY talks on how to remodel your backyard, or talks on how to paint in the most up to date fashionable colors. However, all of this year's talks were more along the lines of how to grow an organic garden, how to compost, and how to fight pests in an eco-friendly way. Quite a shift from what the show was like just a few years ago. Take a look at some of what was going on.

Be Water Wise Kits
Be Water Wise Kits Photo by: Salena Wakim

Be Water Wise Kits

The various water districts of Riverside County were represented at the RH&G show this weekend.  They had a booth set up outside one of the exhibit halls, and were handing out the kits that you see here.  The logo on the bag says it all, save our water.  Inside you could find various giveaway items that could help you reduce your water use, as well as a variety of informative pamphlets.

When your yard has gone to the dogs
When your yard has gone to the dogs Photo by: Salena Wakim

When your yard has gone to the dogs

Many of the vendors got very creative with their displays, as you can see from this little set up.  The vendor was actually selling various lawn statues and decorations, which every piece of this display actually is individually, but aren't they cute together?

Giant penguins can go where they like
Giant penguins can go where they like Photo by: Salena Wakim

Giant penguins can go where they like

Although the Riverside Convention Center is still a relatively small facility, it was apparently large enough to fit this guy.  The product logo is for a product called CoolWall, and it actually reads "A true green exterior coating."  They were promoting a greener kind of house paint, but it was clear that the Giant Penguin in the room was stealing the show.

Pink Flamingos are only cute in the wild
Pink Flamingos are only cute in the wild Photo by: Salena Wakim

Pink Flamingos are only cute in the wild

While the show promoted several items that you wouldn't mind seeing your neighbors installing, it also had a few that you probably would.  Pink flamingos are only cute in the wild people, lets not force them to stay in your front yards :( 

Picnic Pal
Picnic Pal Photo by: Salena Wakim

Picnic Pal

There were several items there meant to improve your outdoor experiences as well, such as this little gadget, the Picnic Pal.  It stood out, not only because of the number of attendees that were carrying them around, but also because of its usefulness.  Unlike other food covers, this one apparently is weighted down to prevent it from flying away with the breeze, and it has a bottom as well.  So, just as it looks, it is in fact a little tent for your food.  If you don't need it for that anymore, you can always let your chihuahua play in it later :)

Pools made in America
Pools made in America Photo by: Salena Wakim

Pools made in America

The "Made in America" labels were also a big selling point this year.  Even a pool manufacturer from Las Vegas, Coastal Hot Springs Spas, was promoting the logo.  The cool thing about their pools and spas is that they offer an eco-friendlier version of their products, with most of the material being more earth friendly than their counterparts. 

Feed the birds
Feed the birds Photo by: Salean Wakim

Feed the birds

Yes, this really was a free bird feeding kit that Wild Birds Unlimited was handing out.  It consisted of a small pack of their mess-free bird seed, and some instructions on how to feed birds in your yard.  Pretty cool giveaway!

Rare doesn't mean Heritage
Rare doesn't mean Heritage Photo by: Salena Wakim

Rare doesn't mean Heritage

The California Rare Fruit Growers club was there recruiting members, and answering questions about what they grow.  Now don't confuse Rare with Heritage, because they aren't always the same thing.  They promote the growing of any fruit variety that isn't typically found in your local grocery store.  So, although many of those varieties could legitimately be considered Heritage Breeds, they may also be exotic fruits that are grown elsewhere, but are still recent hybrid varieties.  Either way, the group is promoting eating outside the box kind of thinking, so as long as this doesn't lead to invasive species threatening native varieties, then good luck to them in their endeavors. 

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