Over the weekend I attended The Great Big Cleveland Home and Garden Show for the first time. I almost went last year as a Master Gardener Volunteer and would have this year, but our organization did not participate in 2017. The husband actually suggested we go for family time, and I’m really glad we did.
Cleveland Home and Garden Show
The Cleveland Home and Garden Show takes place every February at the International Exposition Center (aka. I-X Center) which is near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. I actually had not been to the I-X Center since attending the Cleveland Marathon Expo in 2012!
Parking is still $10 per vehicle to get inside. I purchased tickets for the Cleveland Home and Garden Show online prior to the event using a discount code. The tickets were $11 each. We spent an additional $12 on food and drink so the entire investment was roughly $45.
The show takes place every February and runs for 10 days, which includes two weekends. It also runs pretty late into the evening so you can enjoy “nightlife” there if you want! There are beer and wine vendors along with mixed drinks for purchase.
Once at the show you, there are rows and rows of contractors and vendors. The first few rows started out contractor-heavy. By the end we were seeing more vendors, random food samples, kitchen ware displays and $10,000 massage chairs (which I did try out!). We spoke to many of the contractors and took business cards and brochures.
Two projects were are considering are building a deck and a small shed. We also learned about a few services we weren’t aware of previously, such as bathroom tile refinishing, and heated gutter guards. We are keeping these services in mind for future reference.
In terms of gardening, the Cleveland Home and Garden show also contains many flower and garden displays. I took a few photos of displays made by Petitti Garden Centers. Little did I realize there was an entire room of displays. When we walked in the show was massive and overwhelming. Next year I would go visit the garden displays first because the lines seemed to mount as the day went on.
We took our daughter and after four hours at the show she was exhausted and so were we! There was so much to look at, sample and people to talk to. There are also display homes you can walk through at the show as well as live demonstrations and talks.
Overall the Cleveland Home and Garden Show was enjoyable and I would go back again. It provided inspiration for me as a gardener, connected me with contractors and provided something fun to do on an otherwise dreary February day.