an early start to spring at Home and Garden Show
By Thea Steinmetz
Published Jan. 26, 2005
you had your fill of winter yet? The snow-rain-and rapid temperature
yo-yo prompted a local DJ to wax poetically and declare that our
"Northern Ohio climate is a veritable cornucopia filled with crummy
The ideal winter
escape is just around the corner. No, I don't mean a long get away
from it all trip to Hawaii. I am thinking of a few well spent hours
at the 62nd Annual National
Home and Garden Show at the I-X
Center coming up on February 5-13.
will find a breath of spring inside the cavernous space that is
brimming with inspiration. On exit polls, visitors are asked what
brings them to the show and year after year the answer is: Gardens
are the first incentive and the homes a close second.
Soft Rock WDOK
102.1FM is part of the Celebrity Garden Competition. There will
be 18 show gardens, designed and installed by Northeast Ohio's award
winning landscape professionals.
are assigned namesake gardens and each one will make an appearance
at some time during the nine-day show. This will bring an up-close
and personal opportunity to meet favorite local journalists, radio
personalities, television anchors and reporters.
are judged by landscape professionals on the overall design, the
use of color and texture, harmony, special effects and overall public
show has abandoned any tie-in with a specific country, a custom
in the past, and, instead is focusing on amazing outdoor living
options. We can look forward to outdoor kitchens and expanded features
that enhance dining and lounging within ones own private garden
The show has
chosen to have the landscape firm, Turf Tamers Plus, install the
Thea Steinmetz West Life Garden. Yes, after 15 years of garden reporting,
I will get my own namesake garden.
I wished I
could tell you more about what kind of garden it will be, but it
will be surprise for you and me. Of course, I had to get my two
cents worth in and let these landscape professional know that I
really enjoy our own spring garden with hundreds of bright and white
Late last summer,
I had a meeting with Tony Lewicki of Turf Tamers Plus and his landscape
architect to discuss what kind of a design I would like. I told
them about my interest in herbs and fragrant plants. I definitely
wanted a space for outdoor dining, even in this make-believe garden.
We enjoy having friends breaking bread with us on the outdoor deck
and cooking is a big part of this experience.
A crew came
and dug out some of the larger plants, preparatory to them spending
the winter in a greenhouse. One quite ambitious lemon grass was
uprooted for over- wintering. A potted and trellised passion vine
that had been blooming enthusiastically all summer long, also was
selected for greenhouse pampering. It would be impressive to see
this magnificent specimen flowering at the I-X Center.
I have no idea
how the rest of the herbs from my garden have survived, but if they
flourished in the greenhouse environment, they will be part of the
garden. Perhaps you can stop by and we can chat about next year's
plans for our own garden. I plan to be there on Thursday and Friday
the week the show is staged.
will be four model homes that offer a view at the latest in home
and furniture design. These show homes on the Boulevard of Dreams
are always a favorite with the public. They are full-scale walk-through
homes with all the appointments carefully considered by interior
designers and are always a crowd pleaser.
and Out" Designer Showcase will feature innovative ideas along with
the latest in decorating trends. There is always so much information
to be absorbed that for some folks one day at the show is not enough.
They want to return for a second look, or hear a particular speaker.
The Home Improvement
Stages surely will attract all do-it-yourselfers that are thinking
of a home makeover. From dealing with dry wall to adding some pizzazz,
experts will be on hand with helpful hints and practical demonstrations.
A few of the
popular features from past years shows will be making a return.
Mark Abbati once again will appear as a Living Statue, not fashioned
from marble and stone, but as living art. He will amaze with his
captivating performance from Saturday, Feb. 5 to Tuesday, Feb. 8.
of "Clean Like a Man" wants to change your husband's couch potato
ways and give him some sage advice on better cleaning time management.
He will do his seminars on Friday and Saturday, February 11 &
Singing Nuns, from Spokane Wa. who have previously filled the
I-X Center with their glorious voices will be there. Showgoers have
always been inspired by their musical artistry.
is your thing, Loretta Paganini returns to the cooking stage with
her flavorful and mouthwatering seminars.
Design Center will please the crafters with a "make-it and-take
it" crafty design.
Get out your
boots and gloves and head for the indoor friendly and colorful environs
of the I-X Center. It will be a place to find inspiration, motivation,
incentives and most of all, it will encourage you to think SPRING.
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