Columbus Dispatch Spring Home & Garden Show takes place Feb. 18-26

Columbus Dispatch Spring Home & Garden Show takes place Feb. 18-26
Gardeners can learn how to grow and use culinary herbs in the Edible Garden exhibit at the Dispatch Home and Garden Show.

Gardeners who are looking for ideas to improve or expand their vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens this coming growing season should plan to attend the Columbus Dispatch Spring Home & Garden Show scheduled for Feb. 18-26 at the Ohio Expo Center. While the weather outside may be cold and snowy, the temperature inside at the Home & Garden Show will be warm and the flowering plants, green foliage, and tomatoes growing on the vine will transport gardeners to spring and summer.

Edible plants on display

Gardeners can learn about growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs in the Edible Garden display on the Garden Stage in the Celeste Center at the show. The Edible Garden is a popular vegetable, fruit, and edibles garden designed to show gardeners how to grow edibles at home, particularly in small spaces. The garden will include raised beds and various container gardens with vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and even small fruits such as grapes. The garden will be staffed during the show by OSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers, who will demonstrate the most effective backyard gardening techniques.

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A new feature in this year’s Edible Garden will be an accessible garden bed display for gardeners with physical mobility challenges. The garden bed will be accessible to gardeners using a wheelchair, scooter, or walker. Adaptive garden tools which make gardening tasks easier for individuals with physical limitations and mobility challenges will be on display in the garden bed. A presentation on the topic “Adaptive Gardening as We Age” will also be featured at the show at 3 p.m. Feb. 18 on the Garden Stage.