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The thrilling expectancy of Spring is in the air and what better way to feed the anticipation than to visit the Central Ohio Home and Garden Show which opens this Saturday, February 28th? I am so excited to go this year.
You have time to hop on over to a Home Depot store and get discount tickets for $2 off the $10.00 adult ticket price! Children 12 and under are free. So sometime between the 28th and Sunday, March 8th, you and your family can breathe in “Spring!” and see some landscaping and home remodeling exhibitions and events. What’s to see and do?
Special events and days:
- HGTV’s Kim Myles @ 11AM and 3PM on Feb. 28
- HGTV’s David Bromstad @ 11AM and 1PM on Mar.7
- Mel Bartholomew on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, ‘Square Foot Gardening‘ demonstrated in ten basic steps to achieve goals of growing your food. Courtesy of Ohio Mulch (which is where we buy our mulch, btw)
- Garden Stage includes seminars, workshops, and appearances by experts and special guests
- At Home Stage includes home improvement seminars, and workshops, PLUS celebrity chefs cooking demonstrations! YUM!
- HGTV’s David Bromstad @ 11AM and 1PM on Mar.7
- Senior Day is Wed. March 4th
- Kids Day is Saturday March 7th which includes Kids Korner activities and other fun stuff for kids.
What’s To See?
A Hollywood Theme, The Gardens Inspired By:
- Lord of the Rings : Natural beauty highlighted in the Shire
- Mama Mia! : Rusticity in stone with arbors, overflowing containers,and ruins
- The Terminator : “Hosta La Vista, Baby!” Hundreds of them ( we love Ahnold here in Columbus 🙂
- The Secret Garden : Ethereal and romantic gardening filled with ferns and delicate scented blossoms , a soothing water fountain
- Notting Hill and Mary Poppins : Two renditions of London, Anglophiles can revel in the English expertise interpreted locally
- Under The Tuscan Sun: A group meeting place with a wood fired pizza oven, fountain, and forsythias
- Jurassic Park : Franklin Park Conservatory always makes impressive displays and this one comes with Palm trees and Australian Tree Ferns
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon : A moon gate, Koi pond, and a Zen garden scintillates with Eastern beauty and style
- More…. I can’t write about all of them, but one garden sounds as interesting as the next and I look forward to seeing how the local landscaping companies pull it off.
For fairness, here is the list of who’s behind the movie themed gardens and meeting places:
Benchmark Landscape Construction Inc. | Cedarbrook Landscaping and Garden Center | Creative Spaces Landscape Design and Construction,Ltd. | Darby Creek Nursery and Landscaping | Evergreen Landscaping, Inc. | Five Seasons Landscape Management, Inc. | M.L. Longaberger, Inc. | Oakland Nurseries | Riepenhoff Landscape,Ltd. | Seely’s Landscape Nursery | Spellacy’s Turf-Lawn | Warwick’s Landscaping |Wood Landscape Services, Ltd. | Yard Solutions
This is Home Show, Too
Taking the economy into account, the show has lined up numerous discounts, deals, and money saving ideas. If you are a D-I-Yourself-er or thinking about it this year consider taking advantage of ideas, and experts gathered into one enjoyable experience. My husband and I have been DYI for as long as we’ve been married (30+ years), and I can tell you a little know-how gained from experienced craftsmen goes a long way to save a world of time, trouble, and expense. Plus it can be a lot of fun (success ups the fun factor). Many of the discounts are for people who have in mind hiring a professional, so whether you renovate on your own or hire someone to do it , the Home and Garden Show might be a good investment for you. I can’t guarantee it, but you can have fun exploring the gardens and demonstrations 🙂 I’m pretty sure about that.
Every year I patronize some of these exhibitors, like Ohio Mulch and Oakland Nursery, because I have found the combination of quality and price to be just what someone in my budget constrained and frugal-minded circumstances has found to be satisfactory. I do not mind, and hope you enjoy, giving them and the garden show some space on my blog because I know that I have been given good service from them. The Garden Shows especially helped fuel my enthusiasm for gardening in earlier years. I’ve spent plenty on garden magazines through the years, but nothing is like walking through real plants in a professionally designed space for inspiring ideas and giving hands and feet to your plans. JMO.