You’re Invited: ‘Curb Appeal’ Star John Gidding and The Horticult to Present at WestEdge Design Fair

It’s official! We’re teaming up with architect and designer (and star of HGTV’s Curb Appeal) John Gidding to present at the WestEdge Design Fair on Saturday, October 5th at 5:30pm. Here’s the official program listing. (Correction — the presentation will end around 6:15 PM):


And we are ecstatic. And humbled! This represents the first time we’re demonstrating our plant-centered design concepts beyond our own space. What exactly will we be presenting? We plan to discuss how our personal backgrounds and botanical adventures (now being documented on The Horticult) have influenced our yard’s landscape and furniture design. We plan to present some fresh ideas in portable landscape design, including lighting, ground cover, wall pieces and tables that can transform large and small spaces alike (hint: even a friend’s Culver City balcony…). Let’s just say RB has been maxing out his membership at Maker Place to produce some new concepts to unveil at the event.

Speaking of transformations, we love following John Gidding on HGTV’s Curb Appeal as he sets out to beautify homes across the country, tying in the homeowners’ personal stories with their landscapes. The site for John’s design firm JanusArch is another place to see his design genius at work. We’re fans, and we’re envisioning that he’ll give us a lively critique before the audience.

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In its inaugural year, the WestEdge is happening at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, and will feature exhibitors like Design Within Reach and A Plus R. Architectural Digest and KCRW count among the media sponsors.

We’re also very impressed with the entire line-up of panels and workshops, including a discussion, “Improving Upon the Spirit of the Greats,” about successful renovations on Neutra and Lautner homes. There will be presentations by Modern Luxury Interiors (“Hollywood at Home”) and Bon Vivant Events and Joseph Matthews Interior Design (“Entertaining & Tablescape Design: Street Style Goes Luxe”) covering everything from architecture to photography to dinner parties.

Will you join us? Here are the details:

Who: Architect, designer and Curb Appeal star John Gidding, and The Horticult/Ryan Benoit Design’s Ryan Benoit and Chantal Aida Gordon

What: A design-focused discussion on transforming an urban residential outdoor space into a lush, modern, plant-friendly oasis — on any budget.

When: Saturday, October 5 from 5:30 to 6:15 PM

Where: The inaugural WestEdge Design Fair, The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue, Suite 203, Santa Monica, CA 90405