Exhibitors for Columbus Academy Mothers Club's annual antiques show will come from Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and North Carolina.

Exhibitors for Columbus Academy Mothers Club's annual antiques show will come from Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and North Carolina.

The show will be held April 25-27 at Columbus Academy and will begin with a sponsors reception, a gala preview party and live and online auction April 25.

According to Ann Kneidinger-Flaherty, who chairs the antiques committee, Parrett/Lich Inc. is the new show manager and is drawing from a different list of dealers.

Organizers expect 32 to 35 antiques dealers this year, Kneidinger-Flaherty said, adding that for the first time in many years, the show has a waiting list of dealers.

"We still have some from all over the country, but I think the bigger portion is focused on the Midwest," she said. "From what I understand, it is a totally different demographic of people who buy antiques."

One of this year's challenges was to revitalize the show, Kneidinger-Flaherty said, so organizers have chosen a garden theme. She said a lot of dealers offer garden antiques that are very popular.

In keeping with the theme, speakers also will focus on gardening. This year's speakers are from central Ohio.

Tom McNutt, a garden expert who appears on a local news program, is one of the featured speakers. He currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Ka Ta Tim Inc. (a marketing and consulting company he created), executive director of the Ohio Agricultural Council and executive coordinator of the Ohio Council of Cooperatives.

McNutt received a bachelor-of-science degree in agriculture and master of arts degree in agricultural education from OSU.

"We actually lucked into having Tom McNutt," Kneidinger-Flaherty said. "He has a big following."

The antiques show also features Christie Nohle, co-founder and owner of Urban Gardener, a business she started on a used-car lot in Columbus' Short North. She has a degree in landscape design.

From 1 to 2 p.m. April 26, McNutt and Nohle will give a lecture on container gardening and will share secrets to creating the perfect garden in a pot while avoiding common gardening goofs.

Also on April 26, the Antiques Appraiser Fair will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The fair is hosted by Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers. For $5, participants can get a no-binding verbal appraisal of their items. The fee includes admission into the antiques show.

A hands-on gardening exhibit is scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m. April 27. Linda Anderson will work with participants to create a take-home potting project. Participation is limited to the first 25 people. At the same time, a children's potting class also will be held.

Anderson is the owner of SmartScapes LLC. She began landscaping in 2002 and founded SmartScapes in 2004 to specialize in designs for small spaces and residential gardening.

This year's live auction will feature eight items, including a stay in a Mexican villa and a Shanghai condo. A handmade quilt and several sports items also will be sold.

The general show will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 and from noon to 5 p.m. April 27. General-admission tickets are $10.

Last year, organizers raised $164,690 through the antiques show. Organizers hope to make $100,000 to be used for financial aid and enrichment programs at Columbus Academy, Kneidinger-Flaherty said.

For a full list of auction items or to bid, visit online at www.columbusacademy-antiquesshow.org.

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