2017 Speakers & Celebrity Guests

Jason Cameron 8.30.16

DIY Network's Jason Cameron

On the outside, Jason Cameron looks like a TV star. But on the inside, he’s all handyman and all business. Watch him work and it quickly becomes apparent this licensed contractor really knows his stuff, especially when it comes to his own personal passions: home improvement and landscaping. Jason says he recently even gutted his own home and completely revamped the backyard. Now he’s putting his extensive hands-on expertise to work for DIY Network building, landscaping, hardscaping and more.

Catch Jason putting all his tools to work on DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes, Man Caves and Sledgehammer.

Jason will be appearing on the Garden Stage:
Friday, March 10 at 7pm
Saturday, March 11 at 1pm & 6:30pm
Sunday, March 12 at 1pm

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DIY Network's Sara Bendrick

As a landscape designer & contractor with a passion for being involved with her projects, hostng the DIY Network’s ‘I Hate My Yard’ was the perfect fit. Sara loves to interact and help homeowners realize the opportunity in their exterior spaces. With a DIY attitude Sara & her crew tackle tough backyards with the help of the homeowners to keep the budget in check. Sara guides the homeowners through the renovation process by tasking them with fun, creative and  aesthetically pleasing projects to take back the yard once & for all. Currently, Sara is running a successful landscape design/contracting business in San Diego called Sarita Landscapes (Little Sara in Spanish), writing a landscape book about outdoor living (dropping spring 2017) and filming two new pilot for the DIY Network ‘Build it like Bendrick’ about her design and construction business and co-hosting a landscape show with Chris Lambton from Yard Crasher.

Sara will be appearing on the Design Stage:
Friday, March 10 at 6pm
Saturday, March 11 at 12pm  & 3pm

Clark T. Bell Aqua-Yield

Clark Bell of Biograss

Is your green thumb twitching? Here’s the chance to get a head start on your lawn and garden with advice from one of Utah’s very own.  Lawn and Garden expert, Clark T. Bell, of BioGrass will present at the Salt Lake Home and Garden Show on the “7 Sustainable Steps for the Best Yard on the Block.”  This is a “can’t miss” opportunity to learn from someone who thoroughly understands what it takes to have a successful lawn and garden in Utah’s high-desert climate. 

Clark is the past-president of the Utah Nursery and Landscape Association, CEO and Co-Founder of Aqua-Yield an award-winning sustainable fertilizer technology company and is the General Manager of BioGrass. BioGrass has been blanketing the Salt Lake valley with Green landscape products since 1979. In addition, Clark is the third-generation grower of this family-owned and operated enterprise. Clark is excited to share his tips on growing an excellent lawn and garden.

Clark will be appearing on the Gardening Stage:
Friday, March 10 at 6pm
Saturday, March 11 at 5:30pm

Stephen 9.15

Stephen Fitzwater from EZ Gates & Gardens

Nearly 30 years ago, this California native moved to Salt Lake City.  Stephen had always enjoyed planting a modest garden, but soon learned that gardening in Utah required a lot more effort to be successful.  The traditional line row garden he was familiar with proved to be difficult, with seasonal changes occurring at the whim of Mother Nature and soil conditions to challenge even the most advanced gardeners’ skills.  He knew there had to be a better, easier way.

Yet, with a new growing family, Stephen was determined to have a garden “out back” so his children would grow up with fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables, instead of the processed, sugary foods so common today. (By the way, it worked!) While working at a vinyl shop, Stephen discovered a prototype for a unique, raised bed vinyl planter box.  Before long, requests started coming in for his attractive and durable vinyl raised-bed planter boxes and he decided to start making and selling the planter boxes full time. Several years later, hundreds of happy and satisfied gardeners  along the Wasatch Front, and dozens of books and classes under his belt, Stephen is stepping onto the stage to talk about raised-bed/organic gardening and the main ingredients for success with significantly less effort. 

Stephen’s mission is: Everyone Should Enjoy Having a Garden!
Now it’s EZ enough, everyone can!

Stephen will be appearing on the Gardening Stage:
Friday, March 10 at 5pm
Saturday, March 11 at 12pm
Sunday, March 12 at 2pm