CLEVELAND — As an annual source of inspiration and expert advice, the 65th annual National City Home & Garden Show returns to the I-X Center in Cleveland Feb. 2 to 10 to showcase the region’s finest landscaping architects and the latest home trends and design innovations.
With three walk-through model homes, nearly 30 blooming garden displays and six seminar stages, America’s largest home and garden show is not just a show — it’s a destination, according to organizers. Live entertainment, interior design showcases, a “green” living pavilion and daily cooking demonstrations are captured within 20 sprawling indoor acres. Hundreds of thousands of visitors annually attend the nine-day event for its high-end exhibits, accessible expert advice and sophisticated project ideas.
As a testament to the show’s longevity and mass appeal, 2008 marks National City’s 12th year as the Home & Garden Show title sponsor.
“We couldn’t be more proud and excited to once again host this year’s National City Home and Garden Show,” said Paul Clark, president of National City Northern Ohio Banking. “We look forward to seeing some amazing indoor and outdoor home improvement ideas, along with exhibits inspired by the rich traditions of Italy. And it’s great to see that ‘Think Green’ will again be a focus this year, sharing with us simple and low cost ways to save money and protect our environment. But the best part of the National City Home and Garden Show? All these fantastic ideas and resources are made accessible and available for everyone who visits.”
This year’s theme, “Bella Italia,” will transport guests to Beautiful Italy and pay tribute to the horticulture and heritage of the popular Mediterranean country. The pulse of Italy will be felt the moment guests enter the Show. The spectacular sight of budding Italian gardens, the camaraderie of Little Italy businesses in the Piazza and the aroma of Italian cuisine beckoning from The Bistro will warmly welcome guests.
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To capture the true gusto and essence of Italy, the Home & Garden Show worked closely with members of the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation (NOIA), which played an integral role in the show’s meticulous planning efforts that spanned more than seven months.
“NOIA offered invaluable insight about the deep-rooted passion and pride that resonates among the local Italian community,” said Chris Fassnacht, show president. “That knowledge will result in a visually stunning and truly authentic Italian tribute for the thousands of guests who will attend this year’s Show.”
In addition to an Italian tribute, this year also brings exciting modifications to the Show itself. The Home & Garden Show will expand its array of interior design offerings by 60 percent. The new Boulevard Idea Design Center will offer innovative decorating concepts and an exciting opportunity for a free one-on-one design consultation. The newly combined Interior Design & Home Improvement Stage allows for a larger range of seminar topics while making room for a new Green Pavilion seminar stage. After its debut in 2007, a larger, more comprehensive Green Pavilion will address today’s flourishing green building movement.
The Home & Garden Show will once again team up with Rosby Resource Recycling in Brooklyn Heights to strengthen its sustainable business plan and decrease its overall “waste stream.” The ongoing efforts to reuse Show materials, divert waste from crowded landfills and maximize recycling efforts are part of the Show’s proactive and ongoing green mindset.
The Home & Garden Show will officially open to the public Saturday, Feb. 2 following a 9:45 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Italian-themed Entry Feature Garden. The Italian Consulate as well as local dignitaries will be on hand, while the legendary Rocco Scotti performs the Italian and U.S. National Anthems.
With more than 900 home improvement vendors and garden exhibitors, the following highlight some of the attractions and features at this year’s show:
‹ The magnificence and versatility of waterfront living will be showcased on the Boulevard of Homes. Whether you desire a second home or a recreational retreat, the Boulevard of Homes will showcase three walk-through model homes. Gather building ideas or fresh decorating tips from the 2,000-square-foot cape chalet home as well as two very unique floating homes. The Boulevard will be professionally landscaped to include calm lake waters, an outdoor stone fireplace, lush plant materials and decorative rocks all installed by Rock Bottom Landscaping in Valley City.
‹ The Plain Dealer “Inside & Out” Designer Showcase features eight different rooms with eight unique decorating styles. The spaces are designed and installed by professional designers from across Northeast Ohio. Take home decorating ideas for more rooms than ever before, including a bathroom, a dressing suite and a breakfast room.
‹ Think Outside the Box! That’s the philosophy behind the new Boulevard Idea Design Center — five distinct spaces plus a free consultation area meant to inspire guests to do more than just look and dream. The professionals at Interior Design Outlet Centre in Warrensville Heights created the unique showcase to encourage homeowners to try different styles, experiment with color and seek out innovative design solutions.
‹ A variety of interactive seminars and discussions will take place on the newly combined Interior Design & Home Improvement Stage. Experts from The Home Depot, as well as a host of professional interior designers, will share tips, advice and do-it-yourself solutions.
‹ Lee Snijders, host and designer of HGTV’s highest rated reality design show Design on a Dime, will host an “Illusion of Design” seminar Feb. 2 at noon and 3:30 p.m. and Feb. 3 at noon and 2:30 p.m. During the fast paced, high-energy seminar, Snijders will discuss a variety of topics including his philosophy on “Breaking the Rules of Design.”
‹ Northeastern Ohio is home to many green businesses and energy-efficient resources. The Cleveland Green Building Coalition will spearhead this year’s larger, more comprehensive Green Pavilion. Everything that impacts sustainable living including travel, fashion, food, home and waste will be highlighted by nearly two-dozen organizations. Children’s activities, an eco-fashion show and a variety of educational material will be available. Plus, a new seminar stage featuring business owners, builders and government officials will speak on a variety of green topics.
‹ The 11th annual Student Model Home Design Contest, sponsored by the Northern Ohio Concrete Homes Association and Schill Architecture, challenges vocational high school students to design an Italian-inspired villa with green building features. The home designs will be judged in 45 separate categories including innovation, energy-conserving features and exterior design. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and all entries will be displayed.
‹ A Renaissance-styled Entry Feature Garden featuring a nearly 12,000-square-foot geometric courtyard design will instantly transport guests to “Bella Italia.” Don Mould’s Plantation of North Ridgeville will design and install the massive tribute garden. The landscaper collaborated with Petitti Garden Centers in Cleveland regarding the selection of plant materials and specific design elements. A majestic spraying fountain stands in the center of the courtyard with blasts of water shooting upwards of eight feet before landing in a reflection pool. Thirty-two grand cypress trees shipped in from Oregon tower upwards of 15 feet and surround the garden’s perimeter. Gracefully perched upon granite pedestals are five-foot tall statues of St. Anthony, the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph with Child and the Risen Christ. Compliments of Milano Monuments in Cleveland, each statue will anchor the courtyard’s four quadrants and represents the four main Italian parishes in Northeast Ohio. Each of the white granite statues are surrounded by dwarf alberta spruce, white hyacinth, pink cyclamen and lush patches of bright green grass. A rugged, old-world styled walkway constructed of exposed aggregate by Suburban Cement in Olmsted Falls is framed with Roman stone columns and short stucco walls. A manicured landscape featuring clusters of olive and citrus trees encompasses the entire courtyard. About 2,000 hyacinths and cyclamen in a rainbow of hues offer fragrances that sweetly linger upon exiting the courtyard.
‹ Seventeen Celebrity Gardens, presented by Soft Rock 102.1-FM WDOK, will be designed and installed by the area’s premier landscape professionals. The annual competition, judged by the Ohio Landscaping Association, produces high caliber landscape designs that honor local celebrities from various local media outlets. Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories including “Best Hardscape,” “Best use of Color” and “People’s Choice Award.”
‹ To help gardening gurus get inspired for the spring thaw, 4,000 square-feet of floor space is dedicated to the latest plant and garden accessories from Petitti Garden Centers. Browse through statues, fresh plant materials, lawn tools, patio furniture and gardening gadgets while horticulture specialists from Petitti’s answer questions and offer helpful tips.
‹ The Gardening Stage is a collaborative effort between the horticulture experts at Petitti Garden Centers, Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum. Get prepared for spring with intriguing discussions and helpful “how to” demonstrations led by knowledgeable gardening enthusiasts. Certified Master Gardener Linda Cobb will share her knowledge about window boxes and container gardens February 2 and 3 only. Throughout the nine-day Show, educational discussions will range from lawn care and floral arrangements to growing orchids and installing a pond.
‹ During the Closing Night Plant Sale, Home & Garden Show on Feb. 10, guests have the opportunity to purchase items directly from the landscapers who designed the spectacular indoor garden features. The exclusive cash and carry event takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
‹ Two long standing Cleveland institutions, Cleveland Botanical Garden and Cleveland Magazine, will team up to bring a 1,500 square-foot Italian garden experience to the I-X Center. Escape into the “via florum” (flowering way) framed by simple geometrically shaped beds with pockets of color. As guests look off in the distance, a vista to a forest is purposely dotted with sculpture as if left there by early civilization. Experience the scent of citrus trees and other sweet smelling intoxicants of a Mediterranean-inspired landscape. A proliferation of fountains guides guests out of the magnificent garden. Bellissimo!
‹ Adjacent to the Entry Feature Garden is a 2,000-square-foot Italian Marketplace & Piazza designed to highlight Northeast Ohio’s influential Italian-American history and population. In addition to local businesses from Cleveland’s own Little Italy, social clubs, food establishments and local parishes will share their warm Italian culture with Home & Garden Show guests. Memorable antiques including the 1948 Orlando Baking Company delivery truck, a twin set of 1950 Vespas and a classic 1971 Fiat will further add to the Piazza’s authentic flair.
‹ Throughout the nine-day Show, a variety of live Italian entertainment is scheduled to perform in The Bistro. Guests will enjoy 12-year old singing sensation Gina Martini, strolling accordion player Dennis DeSapri and an opera performance by Andrea Anelli. Anthony & Valerie, a husband and wife duo with a U.S. Accordion Championship title to their name, will energize The Bistro. Dressed in festive costumes, I Gagliardi Italiani will keep the prideful Italian culture alive through energetic song and dance.
‹ Bocce ball matches will take place to raise funds for the maintenance and beautification of the Italian garden located among The Cleveland Cultural Gardens in University Circle. Stop by The Bistro to get in on a game! A timed 20-minute match is $5 per person or $10 for a four-person team. Home Family Club, along with the Italian-American Clubs in Wickliffe and Solon, will facilitate this worthy fundraiser. The three Italian clubs will play exhibition games during both weekends of the Show.
‹ Guests to the Home & Garden Show will have a chance to Win a Trip for Two to Florence! Courtesy of J.T. Travel in Sagamore Hills, Ohio, Milano Monuments of Cleveland and sponsored by WDOK-FM and The Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com, the trip includes airfare, hotel accommodations, and a five-day, four-night stay in historic Florence, Italy. According to Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 12th Annual World’s Best Awards Readers’ Survey, Florence, Italy is the “World’s Best City” for the second consecutive year. Register to win beginning January 14, 2008 by visiting www.cleveland.com or register via mail to WDOK-FM, One Radio Lane, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. Home & Garden Show guests can also register in person at the Milano Monuments booth near the Italian Marketplace & Piazza, the WDOK-FM booth located in the garden area and The Plain Dealer booth located in the West Lobby. WDOK-FM will announce the winner by February 15, 2008.
‹ The team of chefs from Loretta Paganini School of Cooking will take guests on a culinary trip through Italy! Voted by Cleveland Magazine as the “Best Cooking School in Cleveland,” guests will appreciate the flavorful dishes prepared with Royal Prestige® Health System® cookware on the Loretta Paganini Cooking Stage. Plus, local celebrity chef Dante Boccuzzi from Dante in Valley View, Ohio, will prepare culinary creations February 2 at 4:00 p.m.
‹ The artwork of Medina photographer David A. Kiley (www.dkphoto.com) will be prominently displayed at the Show’s entrance prior to reaching the Entry Feature Garden. Kiley’s photographs capture the breathtaking beauty of the Italian countryside and immediately set the tone for the entire Show.
‹ Twenty-year old Gina Cipriano, of Independence, Ohio, was recently crowned the winner of the Casa Italia Foundation’s Miss Italia Ohio Pageant. Miss Italia Ohio 2008 will proudly display her Italian heritage and beautiful crown during an appearance at the Home & Garden Show.
‹ Cleveland Reads, the Greater Cleveland Literacy Coalition and a division of the United Way, received a Mayoral Proclamation declaring the month of February as “Cleveland Reads Month.” The Home & Garden Show teamed up with Cleveland Reads to host a nine-day book drive to support this new citywide initiative. Guests can donate a new or gently used book at The Plain Dealer booth located in the West Lobby at the Home & Garden Show. Guests who contribute to the book drive will receive $1 off their Home & Garden Show admission. Plus, the Home & Garden Show will donate $1 to Cleveland Reads for each book that is collected.
‹ Home & Garden Show guests can cultivate their reading habits in the new Cleveland Reads Book Pavilion. Browse through a myriad of books by Cleveland authors as well as popular publications related to cooking, gardening and home improvement. Meet authors Les Roberts, Michael Heaton, John Gorman and others during scheduled appearances and book signings. Families are invited to enjoy story hours hosted by Cleveland Reads volunteers.
‹ Think you have a relic or family heirloom that’s worth big bucks? Ken Yenke of the Sun News “Yenkee Peddler” will be at the Home & Garden Show to conduct antique appraisals from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 3 and Saturday, February 9.
‹ The new Marty Allen Fitness Pavilion will help you stick to that New Year’s resolution. Health & Fitness Equipment Centers in Eastlake will create a dream fitness room for WTAM radio personality Marty Allen. Check out the latest exercise equipment and take away some tips for putting together your own home gym. Trainers from Prescription Fitness of Bay Village will also be onsite to offer advice on nutrition and exercise regiment. Plus, guests will have a chance to win top of the line equipment from Health & Fitness Equipment Center.
‹ Stop by Pat Catan’s Creative Design Center for some hands-on crafting opportunities. Make a craft item and take it home with you as a Show souvenir.
‹ Designed by Landscape Professionals of Chesterland, Ohio, The Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com Kids Corner is a space filled with streams, ponds, grassy knolls and miniature waterfalls. The “backyard” setting will also be the nesting area for a variety of coyotes children may see roaming near their urban homes. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife will teach kids and their parents how to identify a coyote and what to do if one is wandering in the backyard. Plus, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center will bring a variety of friendly backyard critters to meet the kids while Applewood Centers, a behavioral healthcare provider, will offer expert advice and creative hands-on activities.
‹ Get ready for spring golf season by swinging the clubs for a good cause! Guests can “pay one buck to putt” at the Home & Garden Show’s miniature golfing green. The money raised during the nine-day event will be matched by the Home & Garden Show and donated to Jimmy Malone’s Cleveland Scholarship Foundation.
WHAT: The 65th Annual National City Home & Garden Show
WHEN: February 2-10, 2008
WHERE: I-X Center, Cleveland
HOW MUCH: General admission tickets are $13.00 for adults and $4.00 for children ages 6-12. Children five and younger are admitted free. Discounts are available through AAA, National City branches, Discount Drug Mart, Levin’s, Petitti Garden Centers and participating Pat Catan’s.
MORE INFO: (800) 600-0307 or http://www.homeandflower.com.