COLUMBUS, Ohio — Though not quite yet outside, spring has sprung inside the Ohio Expo Center.

The 2021 Home and Garden Show is in full bloom in person, something CEO Stephen Zonar said was the goal.

“We’ve been really fighting to have this show because it’s so important to the companies that are here a majority of these companies are small companies,” said Zonar. 

Riepenhoff Landscape is a local company included in the show. Landscape architect Nick Besser set up with his garden follows the theme “Staycation.”

He said it’s difficult to choose a favorite part. 

“Oh boy that’s asking you to choose your favorite child,” he said. “I have to confess I really do like the lights. It’s not a horticultural item, but horticulture is only half of what we do.” 

Besser and the other vendors at the home and garden show are ready to inspire patrons’ next home project in a COVID-19-friendly way. There are temperature checks, floor markers, and a new ticketing system. Patrons must order ahead of time online — essentially reserving a time space to walk through the event. 

Zonar said the extra planning is well worth it to help Ohioans with some new home projects.

“We’ve all been staring at the stuff that we love about our homes and the stuff that we’re not so in love with,” Zonar said. “So if you’re thinking about freshening up, changing up we suggest this is a really good place to start.”