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It’s time to ‘get down’ with your gardening

By Jim Bucher

Well, I don’t know about all of you out there in Dayton City Paper land, but I love the home improvement and garden shows that pop up this time of year. I’m not even sure why, because when it comes to having a green thumb, mine is a tad bit black and blue.

When it comes to gardening, I feel like Charlie Brown decorating that tiny, pathetic tree in the classic “Peanuts” Christmas cartoon when he uttered, “I’ve killed it, everything I touch gets ruined” as the tree bends over from the weight of one ornament.

Martha Stewart, I ain’t.

But, back to the shows. It’s cool to wander around and salivate at all the awesome displays, colorful landscaping, quality vendors and their wares. Plus, you can get everything and anything from A to Z. Though, at the Dayton Convention Center this weekend, if there were more letters in the alphabet, they’d have that, too, because this show’s “gonna be HUGE.” (My apologies to the Hidy Honda folks for stealing their line.) It’s the new Dayton Home & Garden Show.

“Now wait,” you’re saying, “isn’t that the show that sets up shop every year downtown?”

Well, sort of. You see, it is and it isn’t. Yes, the name is the same, but an all-new group is behind it and the sky’s the limit – or maybe even beyond.

“I feel like we are a rocket on the pad, fuel being added, vapors in the air, about to blast-off into the future on the first step of creating a great Home & Garden Show,” said Steve Henger, the show’s director.

Gardening, home improvement and the like have exploded the past 20 years. Steve said the reason why is easy to see.

“More and more people are creating ‘staycation’ areas at their home, putting money into their landscapes by creating patios and low maintenance gardens where they can enjoy and relax in their yard,” he said. “Plus, spring has sprung – finally.”

What makes the Dayton Home & Garden Show so new and improved?

“Well, we are creating the only show to have the Kitchen & Bath Showcase, a 50 booth area of some of our finest businesses, to the Dayton Society of Interior Designers Showcase, where Dayton’s top interior designers show off their talents in eight room settings,” he said. “Plus, watch them work their magic as they demonstrate easy ways on how you change the appearance of a room quickly by simply moving a few pieces of your furniture.”

Hey, I love that idea.

Also new is the way the word gets out about the show.

“I have changed the show from the way it is advertised – ABC/FOX TV as the media sponsor, ads in Think TV, HouseTrends, social media like Mom’s Spot, Local AD.com and Facebook,” Henger said. “Kroger is going to sell tickets to the show and their chefs will be doing cooking demos at the cooking stage. Key Ads will advertise the show on all five of their digital billboards, plus of course, we’ll have an ad in Dayton City Paper, Buch.” 

Thanks for that one Steve, gotta keep it in the family.

Also, your favorite ABC 22/FOX 45 personalities will be on hand over the weekend and may help the chefs out in the kitchen. (I hear Jack Atherton makes a to-die-for chateaubriand for two.)


Henger, a long time business owner here, is pumped to offer “the greatest show on and under the earth” in the area he loves.

“To me, it is all about giving back to my community, creating the premier Home & Garden Show in Dayton and the Miami Valley,” he said. “My goal is to make this one of the top five shows in the country. It will take a great team, lots of thinking outside the box and partnerships that run deep – along with people like you, Buch.”

Well, I’ll do my part, such as already inviting my neighbors Joe and Donna Beach to the show.

“We like to see the variety of businesses Dayton has to offer and their wonderful ideas for inside and outside your home,” Donna Beach said. “Basically I like decorating … Joe likes dirt.”

I think we guys can relate.




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