For more than 60 years, the Home & Garden Show has been a valuable resource for Columbus residents.
From the perimeters of the yard to the top of the roof, there is always some way to enhance your living space.
That's why you won't want to miss the home and garden experts, celebrities, exhibits, demonstrations and more than 400 vendors that will come together when Ohio Mulch presents the 61st Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show from Feb. 18–26 at the Ohio Expo Center.
“The show is an effective platform for people to get started on their wish list of projects,” says Stephen Buzza, director of shows for Dispatch Media Group. “Instead of searching the internet or watching YouTube videos, all the craftsmen they need to talk to are in one space.”
The eight-day show contains countless opportunities for inspiration for your home or garden, and at the very least will give an early taste of spring. Attendees have lots to look forward to; read on for details on the top draws.
Treehouse Master Pete Nelson
Arboreal-architecture specialist and star of Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters, Pete Nelson will appear at 2 p.m. at the Home & Garden Show on Saturday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 19, on the Simple Bath Home Stage.
The Scott Brothers presented by Closets by Design
Jonathan and Drew Scott, twin brothers and stars of HGTV's Property Brothers, Property Brothers at Home, Buying & Selling and Brother Vs. Brother, will appear at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, on the Simple Bath Home Stage; a book signing will follow.
Travel the World in 12 Gardens
Ready for some culture shock? This year's spectacular garden displays will allow attendees to “Travel the World in 12 Gardens.”
Each garden represents a different region of the world through its plant life, design and décor, permitting guests to stroll through Monet's garden, explore a Korean bamboo grove and relax to the sound of a flowing Gaelic stream.
Bringing the Outside In
“Bringing the Outside In” is both the theme of this year's show and the concept behind an elaborate exhibit that will blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors. The exhibit was created by architects at Moody Nolan in conjunction with students from the Ohio State University and Columbus College of Art and Design. It will feature a deconstructed house that includes a bathroom, kitchen, living room and a treehouse-bedroom, all of which will be infused with elements of nature in subtle and surprising ways.
Kid's Day is Sunday, Feb. 19, and will feature a variety of activities for the little ones, including face painting, a Travel the World in 12 Gardens Passport Activity (sponsored by 104.9 the River) and Lowe's Build & Grow workshops at 11 a.m. and noon on the Lowe's DIY Stage.
Visits from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Ohio Wildlife Center also will take place on Kid's Day on the Simple Bath Home Stage at noon and 3 p.m., respectively.
Craft Beer Night Presented by Third Sun Solar and Columbus Alive
From 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, guests can sip Ohio-made beers in the Rosati Windows (Bricker) building, or take their palate on a worldwide journey with international beers in the Ohio Mulch (Celeste) building.
Admission into Craft Beer Night will include six 3-ounce samples and one full pour from a choice of 16 beers from eight breweries. Additional samples and pours are $2 and $5, respectively.
Joint admission tickets for Craft Beer Night and the show are $18 online, or you can pay $10 at the door (in addition to price of general admission show ticket).
Expert gardening advice
Faculty and staff from Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College will conduct talks and demonstrations on the Dave Fox Garden Stage and Education Center throughout the show.
Topics include attracting pollinators to your garden, pruning fruit trees, the basics of backyard beekeeping and gardening myths and legends.
If you're ready to bring spring home, make sure to stop by the plant sale on Sunday, Feb. 26, when landscapers will sell plants directly from the 12 garden displays.
Guests can enter to win their share of more than $20,000 in prizes being given away at the instant-win kiosks near the Rosati Windows building's east entrance.
Prizes include gift cards, tool bags from Lowe's and more than $5,000 in Show Bucks, which can be used with participating exhibitors. One lucky person will win a potting station (retail value of $6,999) from Closets by Design.
And in the Road Adventures, the Great American Getaway connector tent sponsored by Haydocy GMC and Haydocy Airstream, visitors can enter to win a five-day stay at the Rustic Knolls Campground in Mount Vernon, which includes a week-long rental of a T@B/Acadia Combo or GulfStream Conquest RV.
How To Go
Saturday, Feb. 18 and 25: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19 and 26: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 20: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Closed Tuesday, Feb. 21
Wednesday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 24: noon-8 p.m.
General admission tickets: $11 online, $13 at the door (kids 12 and under admitted free). All general admission tickets are good for re-entry on any other day during the show, with valid photo I.D.
Location: Bricker and Celeste buildings at the Ohio Expo Center; please bring $5 (cash only) for parking.
For more information on all the show has to offer and to purchase tickets and VIP packages, visit DispatchHomeandGardenShow.com.