The Great Big Home + Garden Show returns to the IX Center with plenty of ideas for your next home improvement project

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Great Big Home + Garden show is back in Cleveland this weekend, more than two years since it last rolled through the city. The annual presentation of the latest home and garden trends will take place from February 4th to 13th at the IX Center.

The return comes after his longtime home faced an uncertain future when its previous operator closed the venue in September 2020. A year later, a new management team, Industrial Realty Group, announced plans to reopen the building, a former gas station.

“It’s like a small miracle, we’re really excited to be back,” said show manager Rosanna Hrabnicky. “It’s like they haven’t missed a beat. Things are back where they were. The show looks fantastic.”

The fair could not have come at a better time for consumers. Home improvement spending has surged during the pandemic. At the same time, however, health and safety concerns have often made connecting with the right designers and contractors a challenge.

“It was difficult for some of our exhibitors not to be able to sell in person,” said Hrabnicky. “Building relationships with visitors to the show is so important because that’s where you feel trust in a person who is transforming your home into a better home.”

She has high hopes for participation. Advance ticket sales are rolling into 2020, although the ongoing Omicron wave combined with wintry weather could cloud those expectations. Homeowners who come will find more than 400 exhibits to inspire their next project. The show also features appearances from home improvement stars “Trading Spaces” Ty Pennington and Matt Fox from HGTV’s “Room by Room.”

Recurring exhibits include Showcase Gardens, a popular walk-through attraction consisting of eight professionally landscaped gardens centered around a theme. This year’s theme is “staycation”.

“People stayed at home and redesigned their backyards,” Hrabnicky explained. “So we show ponds and waterfalls. There’s even an Ohio-themed garden by CK Stonescapes.”

The show typically features an Idea Home, a full-size home in the IX Center that visitors can actually enter and explore. This year is no exception as JDM Custom Homes built a two-story, two-bedroom, two-bath modular home to showcase an emerging build that offers both flexibility and value.

“Modular homes are a little smaller, but they’re definitely growing up,” Hrabnicky said. “The quality is amazing. It is wonderful.”

Some other show highlights are:

main stage: Get home and garden tips from national and local home improvement experts like Ty Pennington, Matt Fox, Laura Mineff, John Hall and more, as well as cooking demonstrations from the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking

Weaver Barn Backyard Oasis: Transform any outdoor space into a personal retreat with a shed, gazebo, garage or cabin

Quint Living Experience: Do you want to downsize? Tour two tiny houses, including a 20-foot house on wheels, and learn about a new, holistic approach to life

dog ride: Bid on custom kennels built by juniors and seniors at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center

Tickets to the Great Big Home + Garden Show can be purchased at the door for $15 or in advance at a local Petitti Garden Center or online at greatbighomeandgarden.com for $13. Discounts for seniors, groups and children are also available. The show follows the latest public health regulations and therefore no mask or vaccination requirements are in effect.

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