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The Cleveland Great Big Home and Garden Show is a big breath of spring air

If you have plans on attending the Garden Show at the International Exposition Center I suggest you bring your best pair of hiking shoes. The 2014 Great Big Home and Garden Show is exactly what it says it is…BIG. There are over 1,000 experts manning over 600 booths along 16 aisles where you can get advice on any home project that you can think of and some you might get inspired by walking through the show. You have a lot of walking ahead of you, but believe me…it is worth it!

Some of the wondrous scenes to be found at the Cleveland Great Big Home and Garden Show
Some of the wondrous scenes to be found at the Cleveland Great Big Home and Garden Show
Mark Horning
Get a BIG taste of springtime at the Cleveland Great Big Home and Garden Show
Mark Horning

Covering most of the IX Center there is aisle after aisle of crafts, foods, cookware, home repair, modernization…you name it and it’s probably here for you to see. After the tougher than usual winter that we have been experiencing lately it is a joy to casually stroll through the various gardens on display. All of the gardens are in the IX Center Annex away from the bright lights and hub-bub of the exhibiter’s area. The lighting is subdued and the gardens are absolutely breath taking. It is worth the price of the ticket just to take a break from the bone chilling temps outside to see flowers and plants among the water falls.

There are eighteen garden set-ups this year to take in and they are nothing short of spectacular. The theme this year is “International Gardens” with the countries of Italy, Belgium, United States, Holland and Japan being represented. Another treat is that at the various gardens, featured local restaurants will be on hand serving samples of their specialties.

Some of the features of this year’s show are a number of homes have been constructed on site to inspire you with their innovations in construction as well as landscaping. There is the Sophia (a ranch style abode) that is built by Perrino Builders and Interiors, The Idea Home and Dream Basement Landscape Designed by Morton’s Landscaping, the Xtend Technologies Dream Basement and a vacation home built by Weaver Barns. All are well worth the time to walk through on a visit.

Other show features include “The Main Stage” where over 36 cooking demonstrations, home remodeling seminars, how to demos and celebrity appearances are happening. Special guests include: Ahmed Hassan from DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers” and “Turf Wars”, Emily Ellyn from Food Network’s “Next Food Network Star” and “Cupcake Wars”, Frank Fritz of History Channel’s “American Pickers” and Matt Fox from HGTV’S “Room By Room”. Check the website at for the daily schedules as well as purchase tickets for the show.

There are also Celebrity Designer Rooms that were inspired by local television, news and radio personalities that include Kristi Caper from WJW-TV, Macie McInnis from WEWS-TV, Jimmy Malone form WMJI FM Radio, Hollie Strano from WKYC TV and more.

For parents there is a Playground World KidsZone that features slides, swings, basketball hoops as well as the world’s safest fully enclosed springfree Trampoline. Parents can also sign up for a drawing to win their choice of one of three high quality products for kids. Also for kids is the Home Depot Kids’ Workshop where they can learn to use a hammer while building a small project of their choice. They also receive an official orange working apron to take home. Visit the website for the schedule or stop by booth #971.

When you’re finally all tuckered out and foot weary you can take a relaxing break and demonstration in a heated massage chair that will perk you up to see the rest of the huge show. So take a “Spring Break” in the middle of winter and enjoy a little fresh flowers and greenery. You will be glad you did.

The show runs through Sunday, February 16, 2014 and the hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are available on line or at the IX Center and are priced $14.00 for Adults ($11.00 each if you purchase online), $10.00 for Seniors 65+ with ID Monday through Thursday (available only at IX Center Ticket Window), $5.00 for Children age 6-12 and Children age 5 and under are free. Parking is $8.00 per car.

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