This spring-themed expo provides information and inspiration for homeowners.

February might seem like a strange time to think about a roof renovation or new patio, but thanks to the Dispatch Home & Garden Show presented by Ohio Mulch, winter is an ideal time to start planning.

“This is a key time of year to prepare your house and lawn for spring projects, from home renovations to landscaping improvements,” says Weston Davis, events marketing manager for GateHouse Live Events & Promotions, which produces the show. “Because the Dispatch Home & Garden Show is the largest in the area, it’s the best place to find inspiration. This is your chance to find everything you need to tackle your wish-list projects, all in one setting.”

From Feb. 22 to March 1 (excluding Tuesday, Feb. 25), more than 350 vendors will join home and garden experts, celebrities, demonstrations and more at the Celeste and Bricker buildings of the Ohio Expo Center.

A number of HGTV and DIY Network stars will give stage presentations, including Nicole Curtis of Rehab Addict, Mark Bowe of Barnwood Builders, and Leanne and Steve Ford of Restored by the Fords. Also appearing will be author and former White House chief floral designer Laura Dowling, Dr. Lori’s Antiques Appraisal Comedy Show and Columbus’ own “Jungle Jack” Hanna.

The show’s signature indoor gardens will take a walk on the wild side this year in the Celeste Building. Thanks to partnerships with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, AEP Ohio and Fifth Third Bank, each of the landscape designers was paired with region of the zoo—and a matching animal topiary—to inspire them.

The third annual Backyard Garden Award presented by Oakland Nurseries kicks off at the show; Central Ohio gardeners are encouraged to enter their backyards starting July 1. Entries will be judged in six categories beginning in August, and winners will be announced at the fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show in September. Prizes include gift cards to Oakland Nurseries and a spotlight in the Columbus Dispatch.

Speaking of prizes, guests can enter to win their share of more than $15,000 in prizes being given away at the instant-win kiosks near the Bricker Building’s east entrance. Prizes include gift cards, ShowBuck$ that can be used with participating exhibitors and more.

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