Find inspiration for outside inside at the Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show
Nothing like a splash of life inside helps for coping with the dead of winter outside, even during a mild season like this one.
Recent highs in the 50s and 60s — 69 on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the closest white Christmas in the Rockies — may have you longing for spring extra early. Get your fix next weekend at the Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show, inside, at The OKC Fairgrounds.
The 38th annual show will be over three days starting Friday with experts in landscaping, gardening, remodeling and home decor, and 400-plus exhibitors, including Guthrie garden writer and speaker Dee Nash and nonprofit partner Rebuilding Together OKC.
Rebuilding Together OKC helps low-income senior homeowners age in place by bringing communities together to make safety repairs and improve accessibility. The aim is to keep people living in the familiar environment of home rather than moving to an expensive, unfamiliar assisted-living center. The organization also works with agencies, schools, churches and others on housing, employment and youth needs.
“Partnering with the Home + and Garden Show is a great way to spread our mission and gain volunteers, donors and partners,” said John Bracken, executive director of Rebuilding Together OKC. “We get to connect with more than 40,000 people who come to the show and share about the critical needs in our community — people living without heat or with holes in their floor or ceiling. These are important stories that many people don’t always hear.”
Since 1992, the nonprofit organization has repaired more than 3,100 homes, 35 nonprofit facilities and eight public school buildings with the help of more than 70,000 volunteers, with an economic impact of $20 million each year. The Rebuilding Together OKC booth will be in the Bennett Event Center.
The Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show will be in the Bennett Event Center and the Centennial Inspiration Building at The OKC Fairgrounds. Hours will be noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 18 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 19.
Admission is $12 at the box office or $10 at www.oklahomacityhomeshow.com. Senior tickets are $9 on Friday. Discounted tickets also available at the customer service desk at Buy For Less and Uptown Grocery locations. Children under 12 admitted free. For more information, go to the website or call 321-662-4796.
Highlights of the show
• Dee Nash: The garden writer and speaker, beekeeper and butterfly rancher will share her knowledge on gardening in Oklahoma.
• Landscaper’s Lane: More than 3,000 square feet of the Bennett Event Center will be transformed by three metro-area landscapers into a lush landscape of trees, plants and flowers. Enter to win a prize by voting for your favorite landscape design.
• Ask a Designer: The latest styles will be showcased by Decorating Den Interiors, and interior decorators will offer consultations on how to create a design for any home.
• Workshop Stage: Presentations and demonstrations from local experts on home décor, gardening and remodeling.
• Baby Boomer Boulevard: Exhibitors will showcase the latest trends and innovative ideas to help and encourage people to live in their homes longer. Visitors can learn more about specialty products, remodeling ideas and thoughtful innovations to help make their home, or a loved one’s home, more comfortable and livable.
• Wine Village: Product samples and information from regional wineries and vineyards.
• Garden Market: Fresh plants and garden accessories on display.
• Homegrown Marketplace: Local artisans will showcase hand-crafted items from home decor and specialty food to art pieces and other one-of-a-kind finds.
• Trades Day, Friday: To celebrate workers in the skilled trades, wear your uniform or bring an industry-specific business card to the box office to receive free admission.
• Hero Day: Active and retired military, firefighters and police officers can attend free on Jan. 19 by showing a valid service ID.