OF HGTV'S YARD CRASHERS AND VACATION HOUSE FOR FREE
The Orange County, California native began his building career at a very young age in his dad’s lumber yard, and worked on everything from plumbing to electrical. Shortly after graduation, Matt got his contractor’s license and began working as a self-employed general contractor, specializing in remodeling homes. He has hosted several series for the DIY Network and HGTV including Project Xtreme, Money Hunters, Blog Cabin and Professional Grade, and specials such as Cool Tool Builders Show and Worst Kitchen In America. Currently, Matt hosts the hit HGTV series Yard Crashers, Vacation House for Free and recently was the furniture carpenter for the winner of Ellen’s Design Challenge!
See Matt on stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
Mike McGrath is the host of the nationally syndicated Public Radio show, You Bet Your Garden, garden editor for WTOP News Radio in Washington, DC and a contributing editor and columnist for Greenprints magazine. Mike is also the former Editor-in-Chief of Organic Gardening magazine, winner of 4 consecutive "Best in Show" awards for major exhibits staged at the prestigious Philadelphia Flower Show from 1993 to 1997 and the gardening expert on the weekend edition of The Today Show, Saturday mornings on NBC from 1993 through 1997. His books include “The You Bet Your Garden Guide to Growing Great Tomatoes”; “The Kitchen Garden Box; Save & Sow Seeds of Your Favorite Vegetables”; “Mike McGrath’s Book of Compost” “Kitchen Garden A to Z”; and “You Bet Your Tomatoes!” Mike lives in the boonies of Eastern PA with his family, raised bed organic garden, raspberry patch, peach orchard and an inconsistent number of rescued cats. He plays pinball, enjoys baseball, grows way too many tomatoes, likes garlic the best, and will not eat lima beans, no matter how much you pay him.
See Mike on stage Saturday and Sunday!
I’m a landscape designer by trade. I was born & raised in San Diego, California, and started at a young age with a passion for art, nature and an appreciation for anything living. I’ve always had a passion for doing as opposed to watching. When I was young I would sew doll clothes out of my old T-shirts, draw, paint, and dig in the dirt. My whole life has been about trial & error, figuring things out as I go. When I was a little older I decided I wanted chickens, so I read a book and got to it, luckily that was a success! Unlike my attempt at a 5000 Red-worm worm farm. I studied at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received my Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture. As a college student I immediately got my hands dirty in the field working different landscaping gigs, including being a forewoman for a landscape maintenance company. After college I honed my residential design skills by working for a design/build firm and eventually when out on my own and started my own landscape design business. I love that I have the opportunity to combine nature with a built environment to create a sense of place. I have always been interested in horticulture & art, and designing landscapes allows me to combine both of my passions. I feel very fortunate to have a career that can combine artistic expression & environmental awareness with purpose & function As a landscape designer with a passion for being involved with my projects, hosting the DIY Network’s ‘I Hate My Yard’ was the perfect fit! I love to interact and help homeowners realize the opportunity in their exterior spaces. With a DIY attitude my crew and I tackle tough backyards with the help of the homeowners to keep the budget in check. I guide the homeowners through the renovation process by tasking them with fun, creative and aesthetically pleasing projects to take back the yard once & for all. Thanks for visiting me and please tune in to I Hate my Yard on the DIY Network Tuesday nights at 10pm & 10:30 EST / 7pm & 7:30pm PST! See you all there!
See Sara on stage Friday and Saturday!
Mina Fies Creator of The Renovation Roadmap™
Mina takes the mystery out of home remodeling and gives people tools to have fun with the process. She built a wildly successful design/build firm Synergy Design & Construction in Northern Virginia who’s work has received many industry design and remodeling awards, been featured on HGTV, NPR and other national, local, and online media outlets. Her ground-breaking online educational platform takes the fear out of remodeling and gives every homeowner, regardless of location or type of project, the tools and resources they need to have a great experience renovating…every time. Mina believes everyone should create spaces that renew and restore them so they can feel at home in their home. She uses her training in Interior Alignment® (Instinctive Feng Shui), to help others embrace the ENERGY in their spaces, go beyond pretty countertops, and use their homes to live healthier, happier, and empowered lives.
See Mina on stage Friday and Sunday!