Each year, I receive free tickets for the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show, held at the Ohio Expo Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. It's a 2½-hour drive to our state capital, so when I make the trip, I intend for it to be worthwhile.
|Guzmania 'Firecracker' at Oakland Nursery|
The home & garden show didn't open until noon, so we had plenty of time to see what these garden centers had to offer, which was plenty. A few plants were purchased and a chicken just might have come home with one of us.
|Floating islands of spring bulbs greeted us at the entrance to the Central|
Ohio Home & Garden Show
|Design by Spellacy's Turf-Lawn, Inc.|
The show, as expected, was more home than garden. That's usually the case, and we're prepared for that, but sadly, this year was even less garden than previous shows we've attended.
The theme was "Happy Birthday, Columbus!" as the city celebrates its 200th birthday this year. The 11 display gardens each featured Columbus landmarks and neighborhoods, but only three of them really caught my eye, and only one of those contained anything I might be tempted to try in my own yard.
The Columbus Museum of Art had lovely large urns at the entrance of their display, designed by Wood Landscape Services, Ltd. The artwork on the walls made this garden worth seeing for me, but there was nothing remarkable about the landscaping. It was attractive, but was merely raised planters with the usual fare planted in them.
|I liked the flooring design, which echoed the placement of the raised planters.|
|The mosaic artwork on an easel had water flowing down over its surface.|
The layout of "You're Invited," designed by Spellacy's Turf-Lawn, Inc., was like that of a city park, as were several of the designs. A fun fountain added to the party atmosphere and visitors could sign a big birthday card to the city as they exited the display.