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OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF ‘THE DISPATCH’ HOME SHOWS

Low-Maintenance, High-Envy Plants ‘SOLD’ on HGTV’s Shane Tallant

Encore!

Wallpaper’s back and it’s got stylish décor covered

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From the Editor

Homeowners mulling over improvement projects this winter can turn ideas into action at the show. Longtime visitors have come to expect décor inspiration and a multitude of sources for the latest trends in home improvement, gardening and home entertaining. Looking to put in a backyard patio this summer or tackle an indoor remodeling project but not sure what direction to take? At the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show, guests can quiz the experts, check out innovations on the market or find the right company to do the job. And, as always, the show’s two stages will be abuzz with speakers providing cooking, gardening and home-improvement advice. Shane Tallant, host of HGTV’s Designed to Sell, and Tracy DiSabato-Aust, acclaimed garden author and queen of deadheading, are scheduled to appear Saturday, Feb. 27. Tallant shares insider tips for home-selling design and renovation on page 27, while DiSabato-Aust gives busy homeowners shrewd and beautiful plant selection advice on page 34. Gardening enthusiasts shouldn’t miss writer Michael Leach’s artful piece on page 25. Leach talks to the architects of some of the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show’s showcase gardens — a perennial show favorite. He gleans from landscapers how aspects of the show’s gardens can translate to gorgeous central Ohio yards. As evidenced by the beautiful picture on our cover, there’s additional home design and décor stories in this issue to pique readers’ interest, too. We explore what’s new in modern wall dressing on page 9. Wallpaper might have fallen out of popular favor briefly, but custom designs always have been a favorite among professional interior designers seeking to create bold room statements. We discovered that today’s wallpaper selection isn’t limited to the floral patterns that might have covered your grandmother’s walls. Whether looking for inspiration, or just looking, readers will find plenty of home and garden ingenuity to get excited about in our first issue of 2010. So take heart that spring is just around the corner, and take your ideas to the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show, Feb. 27-March 7. The show is a place where winter’s inspiration can become spring’s reality. Our Best,

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Editorial Consultant Nancy Byron Contributing Writers Katherine Harben Michael Leach Amy Weirick Contributing Editors Joseph Forcina Katherine Harben Designer Joseph Forcina Photographer James D. DeCamp John Knouff Image Processing John Kusic Nick Pelar Vice President Sales Abby Clark Custom Publishing Sales Manager Deborah Jackson Display Advertising Director Kurt Sima Classified Advertising Director Rhonda Barlow Advertising Sales Managers Randy Hershoff Chris Kerr Phillip Kumar Chris Pettograsso Brian Pol Adam Trabitz Central Ohio Home & Garden is a publication of The Columbus Dispatch’s Advertising Department. Address comments to Alisa Nass, editor, 5300 Crosswind Dr., Columbus, OH 43228 or e-mail alisa.nass@dispatch.com.

COVER PHOTO COURTESY OF YORK WALLCOVERINGS

Welcome to the most exciting issue of Central Ohio Home & Garden yet. As the official publication of the upcoming Central Ohio Home & Garden Show, presented by PNC, we provide readers with an up-close look at this year’s spectacular event as well as tips and advice from some of the national speakers scheduled to appear at the show, Feb. 27-March 7, at the Ohio Expo Center.

Editor Alisa Nass


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CONTENTS COVER STORY The New Writing on the Walls 9

Tear down your wallpaper hang-ups. This design trend is sticking around

FEATURES Guest Stars 7

Welcome visitors in style by engaging in a little space exploration

Art of the Garden 25

The Central Ohio Home & Garden Show is the canvas for artfully sculpted garden landscapes

Tallant Sells 27

Shane Tallant, host of HGTV’s Designed to Sell, shares best-selling advice that’s designed to succeed

Garden Variety 34

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Horticulturist Tracy DiSabato-Aust explains why a high-maintenance garden is not just a pain, but a crime against nature

DEPARTMENTS

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Green Ideas 30 Tax credits on energy-

efficient improvements give new meaning to “green” incentive

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Our Backyard 48 We’re ready to spring into action outdoors

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Best of Home

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF YORK WALLCOVERINGS

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PRESCILLA from Antonina Vella, YORK WALLCOVERINGS

Debunking the old mythology of wallpaper uncovers beautiful possibilities by KATHERINE HARBEN

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Homeowners can mix and match wallpaper patterns,

SEABURY from Ronald Redding Designs YORK

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or many, the idea of wallpaper conjures images of bad floral patterns courtesy of laborand time-intensive installation. But thanks to a bevy of technological advances and an endless array of looks, materials and makers, today’s wallpaper can be an easy and beautiful addition to any home style. The Wallcoverings Association tackles off-the-wallpaper myths by debunking common concerns homeowners might have regarding design and installation. So, if the room needs a face-lift, tear down these five tired old wallpaper hang-ups to make room for displaying beautiful walls: 10

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MYTH 1—Wallpaper is stuffy and old-fashioned.

The real deal: Although wallpaper has been around for hundreds of years, it remains fashion forward. In fact, the fashion industry continues to embrace modern wallpaper by utilizing its patterns in advertising campaigns and pictorials for magazines such as Vogue. Hand-printed, custom, limited-edition and designer prints created by artists or those in the fashion industry help wallpaper stay ahead of the trends. Richard Miller, owner of Miller VanOrder Interior Design in Columbus, says wallpaper goes great with the trend toward natural-looking, rustic wood, or when softening a modern space. In addition, he says, properly selected wallpaper gives almost any space a finished and polished appearance.

MYTH 2—Wallpaper is limiting.

The real deal: Wallpaper is only limited by a homeowner’s imagination or budget. The old restrictions of wallpaper no longer apply. Homeowners can mix and match wallpaper patterns, textures and styles in a home, room or even on a single wall. Fancy a horizontally striped pattern but want it to run vertically? Go for it. By keeping styles and colors of papers complementary, homeowners can get away with mixing, matching and reconfiguring until the interior decorators come home. Try using a large-scale pattern in a small room for an especially striking effect. In fact, Miller says wallpaper most popularly is used in small spaces. He especially enjoys incorporating paper into a petite powder room to give the impression it’s more than simply a sink and toilet. SPRING HOME SHOW 2010

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MYTH 3—Wallpaper and modernism don’t mix.

The real deal: America’s love affair with modern design has only deepened in the last decade. But minimalist modern interiors sometime feel too sterile to be comfortable. As a solution, designers often apply graphic paper on a single wall. They also will juxtapose a traditional pattern — such as floral or chinoiserie in vibrant, updated colors — with clean-lined, contemporary or rustic-modern furnishings. Miller says the growing popularity of graphically bold black-and-white prints, vibrant colors and large-scale patterns reflects modern aesthetics. Wallpaper also utilizes the latest “green” materials for the environmentally conscious homeowner. These include sustainable grasses, bamboo and cork; recycled materials; and low-VOC inks.

MYTH 4—Wallpaper is time-consuming, laborintensive and expensive to hang or remove.

The real deal: New technologies continue to advance wallpaper installation and removal. Easy-hang wallpapers are known as “nonwoven” or “high-performance” papers. Installing this type of tear-resistant wallpaper can be faster even than painting, once homeowners take into account prepping walls for paint, applying multiple coats and drying time in between. Easy-hang wallpapers can be repositioned without damage

to paper or walls. This also makes them reusable. Nonwoven wallpapers do not expand or contract, so there isn’t a need for “booking,” or folding, wallpaper for a few minutes to allow for such expansion. Once this type of paper is up in its final position, its seams should not separate. Wallpaper removal also has come a long way in the last few decades. Steamers, strippers and chemical solvents are not necessary with nonwoven or high-performance papers. These papers can be removed in minutes with a firm tug at a corner.

MYTH 5—There’s no art to wallpapered walls.

The real deal: With its repeating pattern, wallpaper is designed to shine behind the scenes. As a background element, it is intended to be a unifying detail that complements art, furniture and other décor within a room. Even if a wallpaper design is bold or colorful, it should complement, rather than compete with, the right art. “I think that opposites attract,” says Miller, who prefers to keep wallpaper muted or tone-on-tone to create an understated backdrop to art, architecture and furnishings. But he recommends staying away from matchy-matchy looks when pairing art and paper in regards to color, style or tone. “(Homeowners) want art to still stand out and have a presence, not blend in.” ARA Content contributed to this article.

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Hosts can create beautiful and functional guest rooms by making the most of the space they have by KATHERINE HARBEN

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or many, a spare room is anything but. Instead, it often serves as a multifunctional catchall. It’s the office, storage area and hobby room all in one. And when company comes calling, it’s the guest room to boot. But how do you roll out a beautiful and inviting welcome wagon when it’s weighed down by a load of multiple personalities? There are many ways to make a multifunctional space seem more purposeful and welcoming to guests, from what’s in the drawers to what’s under the bed or on the shelves. Whitney Shellabarger, guest experience manager at the German Village Guest House, says many of the homey tricks bed and breakfasts use to guarantee a cozy stay can be incorporated into any home’s guest room. For example, she advises hosts to empty out a dresser drawer so visitors can store their things away, along with clearing out space under the bed for empty luggage. “So they don’t feel like they’re living out of a suitcase,” she says. Consider these tips for turning the not-so-spare room into a guest star: SPRING HOME SHOW 2010

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Hosts don’t have to go above and beyond to make room for guests • Choose a convertible bed. Futons, daybeds and fold-out couches get more sophisticated and comfortable every day, and they are especially practical if the bulk of the room needs to be free for other purposes when guests are absent. Murphy beds are making a comeback and come in a variety of styles and sizes. • Stock a queen bed or larger if there is room, even if it means sacrificing a bit of space. Providing a comfortable night’s rest is a guest room’s most important job. Choose a frame with built-in storage to get a little more bang out of your space, or purchase portable under-the-bed containers. • Install a coat rack on the wall or in a corner so guests won’t have to toss their outerwear and dressy wear into a corner. Or, if the room has a substantial closet, empty a small section for guests. A few hooks on walls or over a door serve a similar purpose. • Add wall shelving or a few bookcases, or consider converting a closet door into an opportunity for beautiful storage. Columbus-based Secret Doorways turns doors into built-in shelving units that swing out or in to allow for closet access. Owner Lee Spangenberg says lightweight furniture can be placed in front of the shelf as with any bookcase, then moved later to access the closet. • Keep shelf clutter to a minimum, or incorporate shelves with doors to disguise the chaos. • A storage trunk or bench at the foot of the bed is a great place to keep odds and ends for the office or hobby room, or to store extra linens and toiletries for guests.

GUEST SERVICES Comfy details help visitors feel right at home • A bedside lamp prevents guests unfamiliar with a room’s layout from stubbing their toes as they fumble for a light switch. • Provide an alarm clock so guests can set their own schedule. Clocks with ambient sound settings are handy for guests who need a little white noise to fall asleep. • In addition to making the bed with fresh linens, lay out extra blankets, pillows, fresh soap, two towels (one for hair) and a washcloth for each guest. “It’s always a good thing to have extras,” Shellabarger says. • Some visitors, especially older guests, might be of the opinion that beds are strictly for sleeping. Provide an armchair for lounging. • If there is no ceiling fan, be sure to keep a portable fan on hand for guests. In winter, keep a space heater accessible. Make sure guests follow the device’s safety precautions. 18

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FIVE-STAR EXTRAS Little touches make every visitor feel like a guest star • Shellabarger suggests homeowners set out fresh flowers. “It’s just a nice warm touch, something personal,” she says. • Stock a basket with water and nutritious snacks, such as granola bars, dried fruit or nuts. This way, guests can satisfy late night cravings or bring snacks along to power a day of sightseeing. If you’re really aiming for five-star, install a minifridge and stock it with guest favorites. • Local tourism books left on a bedside table can encourage guests to pick some activities or sightseeing spots. Also provide recreational reading for moments of downtime. • Board games, a deck of cards, or a small TV are good for unwinding. If providing a TV, be sure to keep a remote bedside with its operating instructions. • Purchase or recycle an inexpensive bathrobe, and hang it on the back of the guest room door. This comes in especially handy when the guest room does not have an adjacent bathroom. • Place a framed photo of host and guest by the bed to make visitors feel welcome and beloved. • For a whimsical final touch, don’t forget mints on the pillow!


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“Art In Bloom” is the theme of the 2010 Central Ohio Home & Garden Show, presented by PNC. Visit the show to be inspired by ornate landscapes based on artistic masterpieces. These creations by members of the Columbus Landscape Association are a perennial hit at the show and are sure to be once again this year. That’s just one of the many features you can look forward to at the show.

You can’t miss the 2010

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A visit to the show is like a mini-escape

from winter, with a glimpse of the warmer days ahead. The show is also the only place to chat with more than 400 exhibitors in one place.

Feb. 27 – Mar. 7 Ohio Expo Center

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These exhibitors are among the most knowledgeable folks in their respective fields and will be eager to answer any home-improvement or gardening-related questions you might have. Ideas. Inspiration. Expertise. It’s all at the 2010 Central Ohio Home & Garden Show, presented by PNC. It’s a must-see event for any homeowner — or anyone thinking of buying a home.

Exhibitors The hundreds of exhibitors who will be appearing at the show cover the homeimprovement and gardening spectrum.

Whether you need a new bird feeder, have a question about which greenery would look good in your yard or are looking for a deal on a new deck, chances are there will be someone — or multiple people — at the show to help you!

Special Events In addition to Kids Day, presented by Scioto Valley (Sunday, Feb. 28), and Senior Day, presented by Ensure (Wednesday, March 3), there are a multitude of other special events in the works for the show, including a pair of cake-decorating contests. On Feb. 28 from 2-3 p.m., the amateurs will get their chance at 15 minutes of fame, while the professionals will do battle on March 7, with judging at 3 p.m. You also won’t want to miss a wine tasting with Giant Eagle chefs from 7-8:30 p.m.

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On “Designed To Sell,” homeowners watch as their places go from ordinary to being able to fetch top dollar on the market. On Feb. 27, Tallant will offer ideas to help you do the same.

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On Sunday, March 7, the show will play host to a pair of stars from Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes”: Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey and Geof Manthorne. They will sign autographs after the stage presentations and will judge the professional cake-decorating contest.

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On Saturday, Feb. 27, the show will present acclaimed garden writer Tracy DiSabato-Aust, and Shane Tallant, host of HGTV’s “Designed To Sell.” DiSabato-Aust will appear on the Garden Stage at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. that day, while Tallant will appear on the Home Ideas Center Stage at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Both will sign autographs following each appearance.

Special Guests The 2010 show will feature two stages packed with appearances by local and national experts and personalities. Included will be chefs from popular and critically acclaimed Central Ohio restaurants, and authorities from the worlds of gardening, landscaping, home improvement, interior design and more.

Specialty Areas Bathrooms and kitchens are two of the most important rooms in any home. So it only makes sense to have a section of the show floor dedicated to them: the stunning Kitchen & Bath Design Center. If you’re thinking of renovating either space, we hope you’ll check it out to pick up some ideas. Additionally, you can shop for everything from a new roof to a basement makeover at the Home Improvement Expo, presented by Rosati Windows.

Appearing Sunday, March 7 Stars of Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes”

Show tips Consider a weekday visit, which will give you a chance to interact better with experts and more elbow room during your tour of the gardens.

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“There’s a broad range of what’s right and wrong,” says Tom Wood, owner of Wood Landscape Services. “What is the client trying to achieve? They may want a focal point in the garden. It may be a piece of art.” Homeowners must first decide if an art piece will be viewed most from a patio or window, says Steve Graham, a landscape designer with Yard Solutions. “Then you CENTRAL OHIO create a frame,” he HOME & says. “If you have a GARDEN SHOW piece of art, you want Renowned for its breathit to be the star of the taking gardens, the show.” show, Feb. 27-March 7, will feature 13 full-sized All too often people gardens, produced by purchase outdoor professional designers of artwork before they the Columbus Landscape find the best locaAssociation. This year’s tion for it. They then theme is Art in Bloom, wonder why the art which features dazzling fails to live up to their living landscapes inspired by masterpiece expectations. works of art. “I’m amazed at the number of times that happens,” says Nick Besser, a landscape architect with Riepenhoff Landscape. “(Our company) takes that special piece and creates a setting for it.” Basic design considerations such as color and scale can make a difference when selecting plant materials for an artistic garden focal point. “We want that piece to pop,” Besser says. If the piece is white or pale gray, it will show best against a backdrop of dark evergreens. On the flip side, homeowners should remember that dark-colored artwork will disappear against evergreens, so it’s better to accent it with yellowish-green or light-green plants. Then there’s scale to consider. A single tiny vase will look lost on a large mantle. The same goes for a small piece of art adrift in a large garden. Recalling an example of a 2-foot-tall sculpture placed in front of an 8-by-6-foot white wall, Besser says, “It might as well have been in the middle of the driveway. You need to provide context to fit it in.” He suggests tucking away a small piece in a corner or maybe placing it along a pathway.

Basic design considerations such as COLOR and SCALE can make a difference when selecting plant materials for an artistic garden focal point. Homeowners need not gild the lily to create a garden focal point. Specimen plants, such as Japanese maples or colorful conifers, can fill that role nicely. Dramatic topiaries also can catch and delight the eye. At this year’s Central Ohio Home & Garden Show, Benchmark Landscaping Construction will feature a contorted filbert in their garden. This unusual deciduous shrub’s twisted branches and stems make it a standout — even without the bronze coating planned for the show version. “I hope people stop and say, ‘What the heck is that?’ ” says Charlie Potts, a landscape designer with Benchmark. Plants can assume architectural roles, too, by working as frames for vistas or privacy. A weeping pine that is large enough to walk under could serve as a sheltering entry to a garden path, says Roger Seely Jr. of Seely’s Landscape Nursery. Landscape designers should carefully choose plants to fill a purpose while creating what Besser calls “a painting in the backyard.” “We’re using your property as a canvas,” Besser says. “If we do our job right, the whole landscape is a piece of art.”


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sels If home sellers can invest in only one major upgrade, which has the biggest impact? ST: No doubt that the kitchen is the place where you will receive the biggest return on your investment. However, don’t ignore rooms that you know will deter buyers’ eyes when they see them. (For) example, don’t replace 5-year-old laminate countertops with granite if you have cracked tiles on the floor in your bathroom. There are some things that are a must-fix. If major upgrades are not an option, what small, inexpensive changes have a big impact? ST: Other than decluttering, which is basi-

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cally free, a fresh coat of paint is the cheapest way to add value and attract buyers’ senses. What is the first thing buyers notice about a home? ST: Other than the kitchen, the smell of a home is something buyers can’t ignore. Make sure you have candles lit in the important rooms, if not all of them. Subtle, but it makes a difference. What is the first thing your team scrutinizes when entering a home? ST: The entryway/foyer seems to take a beating from our real estate experts. They

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always seem to find something wrong with the entrance to people’s homes. A lot of clutter builds up here. Entranceways are the first space that buyers see, so it’s important to make sure they are updated. Outdated light fixtures are another thing we pay close attention to. What are some common home-seller mistakes or something they often overlook? ST: Clutter!!! Do you see a trend here? Also, pricing their homes at what they want to get for (them) rather than what is realistic. They list (them) high, then (they) sit. Finally, after 30 days of no action, they lower the price(s) and buyers see that (the home) has been “reduced.” Not good! What interior or exterior colors sell a home? ST: Colors are tricky. What I tell people is to stick to earth tones and don’t try to get too fancy with accent walls and faux finishes, etc. It’s not worth the time or effort. Plus, chances are, the new homeowners won’t appreciate your hard work. Keep it simple and earth-toned. Earth tones are brown, yellow, light blue, light green, etc. Stay away from white and beige. Is it worthwhile for sellers to tour nearby homes to gauge the competition and adjust renovation plans or pricing accordingly? ST: This is a great way to figure out where your home

should be priced. Tour other “comps” with your agent and take notes. Is it better for older homes with limited storage space to have that third bedroom/office, or is it preferable to present it as a walk-in closet? ST: Closet space is always good, but nothing can top having the luxury of advertising an additional bedroom or office. Plus, if buyers don’t need to sleep or work in it, they can use it for storage. (It’s) best to give them the choice. Is it OK to paint brick walls and details or brick exteriors? ST: Taniya has done it several times on the show, but I have never seen the benefit of painting over original details of a home. So, in my opinion: no. More people will appreciate the exposed/original brick than the design aspect of the painted ones. I’m just saying! What will you discuss at the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show? ST: Well...I try to keep my presentations a surprise, but the one thing that people seem to enjoy is having the opportunity to ask me anything they want. I mean, ANYTHING. Trust me, I have heard it all, and that’s the cool thing about being on stage live. It’s much more personal and interactive. Here’s a little tip: Don’t be late and don’t leave early. I will see you, and I will make you pay for it!

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Growing a community: The Home Depot Garden Club The Home Depot offers many tools and resources for DIYers, both in store and on their Web site. In the store, associate know-how is a valuable resource to customers and one of the company’s biggest assets. At home, consumers can access the “Know How” section at www.HomeDepot.com to assist with home improvement projects through online articles and videos. For those who enjoy the outdoors, The Home Depot has taken the extra step of creating an online learning experience and community for its customers called The Home Depot Garden Club. By simply signing up at www.HomeDepotGarden Club.com, consumers can receive practical and useful information on gardening and landscaping, outdoor living and lawn care. Membership in The Home Depot Garden Club is free. Its many benefits include great deals on gardening products as well as access to experts who can answer gardening questions within 24 hours. After joining, garden club members will receive regular newsletters as well as member-only coupons and discounts delivered right to their inboxes. These special offers allow garden club members to save money on new and essential outdoor products.

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Membership in The Home Depot Garden Club is free. Its many benefits include great deals on gardening products as well as access to experts who can answer gardening questions within 24 hours. There also is an option to sign up to receive product alerts on new and lower priced products. An extensive plant care database at the Web site features detailed information and care guides for common plants, vegetables and flowers. Gardeners can check regional updates to learn about plant care, climate and gardening events for their area. Every plant sold at The Home Depot comes with a Plant Tag Code. Enter the code at the garden club’s Web site for zone, planting and care information. The My Outdoor Journal feature on the Web site allows members to save and organize their plant or lawn information for future reference. The Home Depot has always been a great place to find just the right plants and products for outdoor improvements. Join The Home Depot Garden Club to become part of a larger community of gardeners who enjoy working outdoors while saving money.


ON MARCH 7, A SWEET CREATION WILL WIN A SWEET PRIZE

Sunday, March 7 — The Art of the Cake! Beginning at 11 a.m. on the Home Idea Center Stage, you can look on as five of the region’s most talented professional cake decorators compete to see who can create the best wedding cake. GEOF MANTHORNE

At 11:30, Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey and Geof Manthorne, two stars of Food Network’s hit reality series “Ace Of Cakes,” will take the stage and offer cake-decorating tips, answer your questions about the show — and, at 3 p.m., judge the professional wedding cake competition. The winner receives a $3,000 grand prize and bragging rights as 2010 Central Ohio Home & Garden Show Cake Decorating Champion.

MARY ALICE FALLON YESKEY

Attend the amateur cake-decorating contest on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. to get a taste of what the professionals will dish out on March 7.

Feb. 27 – Mar. 7 Ohio Expo Center

Saturdays 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sundays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. CLOSED MONDAY Tuesday & Thursday 3 – 9 p.m. Wednesday & Friday Noon – 9 p.m. Tickets $10/adults, children 12 & under free

Central Ohio H&G Show discount ticket outlet at all Central Ohio Home Depot locations.

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Green Ideas

beautiful barrel roll Available in myriad styles, colors and sizes, rain barrels can be as friendly to the eyes as they are to the earth by MICHAEL LEACH

PHOTO COURTESY OF MAYNE

rels — perhaps in the form of a galvanized washtub positioned at the end of a downspout. Makeshift rain barrels such as these collected rainwater that was then hand-carried to nourish beloved flowers. Although today’s decorative rain barrels are hardly grandmother’s washtub, the idea is the same: divert roof runoff into a storage device for irrigation, car washing and other household uses. “It reduces your water bill, and I was amazed at how easy it was,” says Ann Kemble, a master gardener with the Ohio State University Extension-Franklin County. Rain barrels are part of her family’s decadelong effort to make their Northwest Side house more sustainable.

Although today’s decorative rain barrels are hardly grandmother’s washtub, the idea is the same: divert roof runoff into a storage device for irrigation, car washing and other household uses.

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he rain barrel is an old but innovative home accessory whose time is rolling around again. Environmentally conscious homeowners are rediscovering rain barrels, in part due to more decorative designs that are complementary to modern-day homes. Today’s vendors offer rain barrels in many styles, colors, shapes and sizes. Wood whiskey barrels are well-suited for a rustic cabin or a period-perfect Victorian restoration, while more elegant models appear as if inspired by classic Greek columns. Others, formed from clay-color resins, could double as modern yard art. Some might remember their grandparents’ rain bar44

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It’s no secret water usage spikes in summer due to landscape irrigation. While Kemble hasn’t kept strict accounting, her water bill is about 30 percent lower than her neighbor’s with a similar yard and watering regimen, but with no rainwater supplement. Rain barrels and cisterns capture only a small amount of roof runoff, so they can’t be used as a substitute for clogged drain lines, says Jonathan Meier of Rain Brothers, a Columbus supplier and installer of rain barrels and cisterns. “Certainly rain barrels have shot up in popularity,” Meier says. “We’ve sold thousands.” Rain barrel use is promoted by a variety of community service and government groups, from Friends of the Lower Olentangy to the city of Columbus. Water savings during the first year might offset the estimated $160 cost of two 55-gallon barrels and installation, Meier says. Each 1,000 square feet of a home’s roof surface sheds about 600 gallons of water during a 1-inch rainfall. Besides stocking water for irrigation, a rain barrel siphons storm water runoff


pouring into streams and rivers. For those who are serious about rainwater harvesting, look to the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden, where two 1,400-gallon underground cisterns help provide lawn irrigation. Before purchasing a rain barrel system, however, do your homework, says Cory Skurdal, a Franklin County Master Gardeners program assistant and rain barrel enthusiast. Learn how the setup works, and decide how you’ll use the water first, he says. Also, check with your local government to learn what regulations cover disconnecting a drain line to the storm sewer. It could be an outright no-no or simply require a variance. Rain barrels can be set up to channel overflow back into drain lines to the curb if needed. Regardless of regulations, overflow must be routed away from the foundation to avoid possible water issues in basements. As for using captured rainwater, many homeowners simply fill sprinkling cans to douse their plants. Others channel water to an irrigation drip tape, Meier says. This allows water to slowly soak soil; a bonus for the clay that predominates central Ohio yards. After experiencing the environmental and financial benefits rainwater retention offers, homeowners just might share their grandparents’ belief that rainwater is where it’s at for thirsty plants.[

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Our Backyard

by KATHERINE HARBEN • photography by JAMES D. DECAMP

spring fling Admittedly, we were a bit distracted as we wrapped up our first issue of 2010. On the cusp of the spring thaw, we were tapping our toes to the tune of more temperate seasons. Longer days, blossoming plants and the air’s earthy perfume have many of us waiting impatiently at our backdoors with gardening gloves in hand. So, wake-up to a new year of inspiration central Ohio, it’s almost time to exit your well-designed caves and feather backyard nests such as this one from the 2009 BIA Parade of Homes.

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Central Ohio Home & Garden Magazine - Spring 2010  

Central Ohio Home & Garden Magazine - Spring 2010