HGTV’s Darren Keefe at Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show in OKC

If you don’t avoid crowds – and if you are, that’s okay, many of us still are or still are – and you’ve managed to tolerate your dreary or outdated home during the pandemic so far, maybe it’s finally time for some home improvement.

Head to the OKC Exhibition Center next weekend for the OKC Home + Garden show for ideas and demonstrations of what’s new, different and trending thanks to COVID-19. Think more versatile outdoor living spaces, gardens and patios. Consider multipurpose spaces.

First, for the record: “We take the safety of all of our guests seriously,” the organizers state on the show’s webpage.

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“The show follows all public health regulations as well as OKC Fairground policies, and currently in Oklahoma County there are no mask mandates or proof of vaccine requirements,” say -they.

The show is in a week. The world can change in a week with the coronavirus, especially this rascal Omicron. So: “We are closely monitoring all policy changes, and will post any updates here” at oklahomacityhomeshow.com/.

This is the first show at full capacity since the start of the pandemic, with life-size landscape exhibits and a stage for the demonstration of renovation and gardening projects, from January 21 to 23 – from noon to 8 p.m. on Fridays , 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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The celebrity guest is HGTV’s Darren Keefe, “the dancing carpenter” from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Keefe will be at the Urban Farming event with representatives from Edmond’s Conscious Community Co-op to demonstrate how to build a raised garden bed, among other things for outdoor living.

Other features and attractions will include:

  • Landscapers Lane: A fully landscaped outdoor landscape, with flowering trees and shrubs, fruits and vegetables that will make your green thumb twitch.
  • Local Market: Honey, handmade soaps and all kinds of specialty items from Oklahoma small businesses.
  • The Wine Village: the finest wines from Oklahoma and regional vineyards. Buy a bottle to take home.
  • Pet Plaza: A wide range of pet services and products, including many “Made In Oklahoma” items.

Admission for adults is $12 at the box office or $10 purchased online at oklahomacityhomeshow.com. Free for children 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult.

On Friday, tickets for 60 and over are $9 at the box office with ID. Sunday is Heroes and Teachers Day, with free entry for serving and retired military, firefighters, police, healthcare workers and teachers with ID cards.

If you’re doing well and ready to leave home, check it out for tips on how to improve your home.

Attendees consult with an exhibitor at a previous Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show.  The show will take place next Friday through Sunday, January 21-23, at the OKC Exhibition Center.

Senior Business Writer Richard Mize has covered housing, construction, commercial real estate and related topics for the newspaper and Oklahoman.com since 1999. Contact him at [email protected]

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