June 28, 2016

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Homes and gardens make blooming good show

Jessie Barton, 18, of Medina, takes a break in a rustic swing in the main garden display at the Medina County Home and Garden Show Saturday. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Jessie Barton, 18, of Medina, takes a break in a rustic swing in the main garden display at the Medina County Home and Garden Show Saturday. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Vendors and organizers agree: The 2014 Medina County Home and Garden Show was a success on all counts.

The show, held Saturday and Sunday at the Medina County Community Center at the Medina County Fairgrounds, brought local vendors and business owners together and gave everyone a taste of the spring and summer ahead, organizers, said Linda Loveless, co-owner of Creative Keepsakes Craft Shows, the company that has organized the show for the past four years.

“It’s been a great turnout,” Loveless said. “I attribute it to people wanting to get out and see some flowers and gardens.

“It gives them hope that spring will be here soon after this long winter.”

Creative Keepsakes, a Medina company run by Loveless and her business partner, Donna Stuver, took up the mantle four years ago when the Medina County Career Center gave it up after 25 years.

Both women said this year’s event was bigger and better than previous years.

Loveless said the show sold out the available booths to 150 vendors, 50 of them new. She said more people came to enjoy the show this year, about 1,500 Saturday and more than 1,000 Sunday.

“It’s a nice show too, because unlike the big ones at the IX Center for example, these are all local businesses and local vendors and local companies,” Loveless said. “So when people talk to them, they’re talking in many cases to the business owner, the guy who’s going to come to your house and do work for you.”

Stuver said this year’s main garden, with its warm northern woods theme, was a major draw. It was designed and assembled by Mike Biskup of Greenkeepers Lawn and Landscaping, 5528 Lafayette Road, Medina, and included a couple life-like stuffed bears from High Sierra Timber and Gifts in Brunswick, 2351 Pearl Road, a new vendor at this year’s show.

“It was a beautiful garden, probably the prettiest one we’ve had yet,” Stuver said. “Overall it’s been very successful. I think people just had horrible cabin fever.”

She also said the demonstration stage gave attendees plenty to look at.

“We had a lot of good, hot topics this year,” she said.

The presentations featured Medina County Park District naturalist Dan Bertsch from Wolf Creek Environmental Center, who discussed the benefits of the animals that can show up in the backyard.

For the third year, the show also welcomed Cleveland celebrity chef Stefanie Paganini, who prepared a Strawberry Feta Quinoa Salad and talked about “super foods” from ancient South America.

Rustic Hills Country Club Chef David McElhiny showed the audiences how to cook with beer.

Sandra Jenkins of Dog Gone Crazy, 4070 Foskett Road, Brunswick Hills Township, presented “All About Dogs” covering information for boarding pets, choosing a puppy for the family and dog safety and other bits of knowledge about canine companions.

Vendors also said the show provided plenty of opportunity to sell their wares and show off their businesses, including Medina County’s only microbrewery, Lagerheads, of York Township.

“I was really surprised at how many people from the area weren’t really even aware of our existence,” said Joe Andrea, who was serving samples of the brews.

Debbie Martin of Universal Windows in Oakwood Village said the show gives their company the chance to follow up with interested attendees within 48 hours.

The company sells and installs windows, doors, attic insulation, and siding. They make appointments at the show and she said this year falls right within their average for a home show.

“We’ve been doing this one for many years. We usually get about 30 to 40 appointments out of it,” she said. “Today’s a little slow but Saturday was a great turnout.”

All residents were automatically entered into a drawing for a two-night stay at Cedar Pines Cabins in Hocking Hills.

The prize, valued at more than $500, was won by Nancy Walton, of Medina.

The day ended with the plant sale, and all the flowers and trees at the show were sold below wholesale prices, including pine trees for $30 and birch trees for $50, a great opportunity for homeowners and landscapers alike.

Roger Broggini, of Lafayette Township, walked out with three boxes of flowers for about $60.

“It’s pennies on the dollars compared to what you would pay at a greenhouse,” he said.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.