Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March in Columbus

If April showers bring May flowers, what does March Monsoons bring in Northeast Ohio? It brings snow, as if I had to ask. What Saturday's all-day deluge brought Pat and I was a trip to the Central Ohio Home and Garden Show at the State Fairgrounds in Columbus. We left early enough to have the best chicken and waffles in all Ohio at the Linden Cafe at 11th and Cleveland in Columbus. It was worth the trip just for breakfast. I know this is not a food blog. The food service business is tough and I like to give a well deserved shout out to the Linden for making such a sublime dish. It put a smile on my face for the rest of the day.

The Home and Garden show was BIG. It’s in two buildings. We got to see everything from some nice display gardens to as-seen-on-TV, it dices, it slices, it’s the who knows what it is.

We found Eco-Brick once again at the show. This Ohio product is a great example of being green, efficient and cool all at the same time. It is a chord wood substitute made from compressed hardwood shavings. We filled the Hyundai (should have brought the Aztec) with the stuff. An extra benefit of Eco-Brick is that the boys do not recognize them as wood so they don’t chew them.

If I woke to this scene, I'd be calling Pat and saying something like "look Pat, come see the deer eat our garden to the nubs." Or something like that. At a garden show, it looks very cool.




What trip to Columbus would be complete without a visit to the Franklin Park Conservatory? I could sit and look at the glass art displays or be enveloped by the comforting green all day long. Oh yeah, we also bought some more glass from their in-house glass works.


I love anything with big green leaves. Somehow I think that this guy wouldn't make it past late September in Cleveland, even with a heating pad.

As we were walking past this plant, Pat said, "look Jim, a ligularia you don't have." Ha!Ha! I have to get one of these guys.

The Chuihuly glass at the Conservatory is wonderful to look at. His art is spread out over the entire conservatory.

5 comments:

Jess said...

whoa whoa. I'm getting hung up on that chicken + waffles thing. Chicken. And Waffles. This sounds very strange. :)

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Wow, I think you guys win the award for going to garden shows. I have a small one to go to this weekend at Wannamakers in Downers.

It is usually pretty good and will probably be more realistic for the consumer than the Chicago show.

Eileen

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

The deer display was very pretty with the fog machine running over the falls. The conservatory always have something in blooms or something different. The yellow glass was not there on our last trip or I missed it all together.(That happens a lot with me) LOL! Do you have the little Mouse Ear Hosta's in your collection? I saw some of those at the show in one of the displays and they were so cute.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

The deer display was very pretty with the fog machine running over the falls. The conservatory always have something in blooms or something different. The yellow glass was not there on our last trip or I missed it all together.(That happens a lot with me) LOL! Do you have the little Mouse Ear Hosta's in your collection? I saw some of those at the show in one of the displays and they were so cute.

NellJean said...

I'm always happy to see garden show and botanical garden photos on blogs. Here at the middle of the Universe we don't get to much of that sort of thing.'

Spring is coming, 10 miles northward each day. We're having a backset -- near freezing predicted for tomorrow.