Dispatch Home & Garden Show Preview

Emma Frankart Henterly
The 2019 spring Dispatch Home and Garden Show

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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Saturday, Feb. 22; Monday, Feb. 24; and Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 26–29: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 23 and March 1: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

General admission tickets: $10 (plus convenience fee) online, $13 at the door (kids 17 and under admitted free, courtesy Parkfield Insulation). A number of discounts are available:

  • Pick up a $3-off coupon at Central Ohio Lowe’s and PetPeople locations.
  • Members of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium can present their membership card at the ticket window to save $4 off admission.
  • Military and first responders with ID receive free admission, courtesy Logan A/C & Heat Services.
  • A buy-one-get-one-free coupon may be used after 4 p.m. any day, allowing two guests to enter for $13, courtesy Miracle Method.
  • All general admission tickets can be exchanged for a nontransferable reentry voucher, valid any other day of the show, by visiting Kemper House’s booth (No. 102).

Location: Bricker and Celeste buildings at the Ohio Expo Center; please bring $5 (cash only) for parking. Parking will be $2 on Friday, Feb. 28, with coupon courtesy Fire and Ice Heating and Air Conditioning.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit “Like” the show on Facebook ( to learn more about promotional offers and vendors, and follow @DispatchHGShow on Twitter for the latest updates.

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