Friday, March 2, 2012

Central Ohio Home and Garden Show

Finally made it to the Home and Garden show today! It's one of my favorite things to do here in Columbus. But let's put the emphasis where it belongs, shall we? To me, it's a garden show. I usually only go to see the garden displays and exhibits. Sometimes I don't even look at the home center, but this year I did.
 There are so many pretty displays, with plenty of spring blooming bulbs and flowering trees to fool us into thinking it's already spring.
But I did notice lots of rose bushes blooming this year, which was a real treat.
There are always lots of fountains and water features....
but this year there was an entire 12 foot waterfall! You'd have to have just the right kind of property to make that work, but it was fun to see it indoors.
I did enjoy the theme of Columbus' Bicentennial because then the displays were much less commercialized than past years. I especially liked this garden emphasizing art work, in honor of our art museum.
Like Lona at A Hocking Hills Garden, I echo her sentiment that the arrangement was excellent. Having the vendors all along the edges of the gardens made sense. However, several of the most popular vendors were not there this year, and I found that to be a huge disappointment. I'm curious what happened, because the booths I refer to were always crowded with people. Did the booth rental fees get too high? Were they not invited? If anyone knows the truth, I'd like to know too. And why does it have to be so dark in there? Really, it seems silly. The vendors have plenty of light, but the gardens are all in darkness. It makes it impossible to get any really good photos. Seriously folks, what is the reason for this? I think the gardens would actually look even more beautiful with lots of light on them, like a sunny spring day! Needless to say, most of my photos have been edited to show brighter than they actually were. Here is a mock up of our beloved Franklin Park Conservatory, and this is an unedited photo, with a flash.
Still, the Central Ohio Home and Garden show is a beautiful thing, and will give you lots of great ideas for your home. Go, you'll love it!


  1. I was bummed out too Robin that the bulb, seed and garden decor vendors were not there. I loved that part as much as the displays. LOL!

  2. It is amazing how the gardens can be created indoors. I haven't been to a garden show in a long time because I didn't want to see windows, doors, and insulation. Glad to see that your blog is coming back to life.

  3. It's always a pleasure to see things growing, even if it's inside a half-lit building. Your photos still look pretty. I'd like to have a water fountain of some sort but worry that I won't take care of it properly. I can barely keep the bird bath clean.

  4. It sounds so wonderful and a little like the Northwest Flower and Garden Show which I loved this year. So nice to see yours through your eyes. I have to say, the Oklahoma City show is just terrible. Pathetic really. I've written about that before. I don't understand either about the lighting.~~Dee


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