Happy Birthday, Colum6us

As we celebrate the 200th birthday of Columbus, we also take the time to celebrate the people, businesses and leaders who built this great city and continue to make it such a wonderful place to call home. As such, the theme of this year’s Central Ohio Home & Garden Show, presented by grid SMART from AEP Ohio, is «Happy Birthday, Columbus! Come Celebrate With US.»

Columbus is a giving community. Individuals and businesses alike go out of their way to make a difference by being generous with their time and money.

Last summer, the community, along with the help of the cast and crew of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, came together to build a new home for the Rhodes family.

Locally based P&D Builders Inc. volunteered to build the house and graciously gave us a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build a house in 106 hours.

Also inside this issue you’ll find features on setting the perfect table, a spotlight on unique home goods and accessory stores located in historic downtown Powell, as well as some tips for parents on instilling good manners for their little ones in our Gourmet Style department.

One of the main attractions of this year’s Home & Garden Show will be 11 glorious gardens designed by local landscapers and gardeners that celebrate Columbus landmarks and neighborhoods, such as the Arena District, German Village, The Ohio State University and the Columbus Museum of Art, among others.

In keeping with the thought of giving back, Nationwide Children’s Hospital will benefit from a portion of the proceeds from the show, which runs Feb. 25 to March 4, at the Ohio Expo Center. The show will be chock full with eight days worth of attractions, events and exhibitors — all of which are sure to put you in a spring state of mind.

Candice Olson, star of HGTV’s Candice Tells All and Divine Design, will share design ideas at the show. In addition, local chefs will be on hand giving cooking demonstrations — and don’t miss out on the amateur cake-decorating contest. Hope to see you at the show.

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