On Saturday, the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show kicks off nine days of money-saving demonstrations, deals on gardening and home improvement supplies, visits from HGTV celebrities and showcases of the latest design trends.

On Saturday, the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show kicks off nine days of money-saving demonstrations, deals on gardening and home improvement supplies, visits from HGTV celebrities and showcases of the latest design trends.

Local landscapers get to show their stuff in the Garden Showcase, which this year comes with a big-screen twist: The friendly competition's theme is "Hooray for Hollywood."

Of course, the people who make magical worlds for the movies only have to worry about what's in front of the camera's viewfinder. As Seely's Landscape Nursery owner Roger Seely explained, the Garden Showcase requires a little more. "Part of the illusion is to make a sense of ceiling, enclosure," he said.

That can involve not just towering palms and evergreens, but hand-painted facades, sculptural landscaping, some crafty repurposing of found objects and the use of props, like the miniature partial hull of a FedEx plane that will form the entrance to M.L. Longaberger's Cast Away garden.

We spoke with Seely and a couple of other landscapers to see what they've got in store.

"Ratatouille"

Cedarbrook Landscaping and Garden Center, Powell

"I wanted something I could go far enough with in a garden," said Cedarbrook's owner, Larry Burchfield. After feeling too limited by his initial choice, Back to the Future, Burchfield found lots of inspiration in last year's family favorite.

Visitors enter the Ratatouille garden through a sewer pipe to find bistro tables under red and white awnings and a rusted-out truck bed converted into an ivy-covered wine rack. On one side is a full outdoor kitchen, and on the other, a large facade of Gusteau's restaurant. The piece de resistance: An illuminated, 40-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower.

On opening day, Burchfield will have his space filled with rhododendrons, azaleas, red tulips and assorted perennials, with flowering crabapple and weeping cherry trees overhead. And courtesy of his son the mechanical engineer, who's been toying with animatronics, Burchfield promised, "There'll be lots of little mice popping in and out."

"Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

Oakland Nurseries, North Side

Bryan Joyce, a landscape designer with Oakland Nurseries for 25 years, was drawn to the possibilities of his chosen film. "There are so many things you can do with it," he said.

For the showcase, Joyce is recreating the outside of Bilbo Baggins' cottage, with its round door and rolling hill enclosure. A short stone wall surrounds a garden with lots of spring perennials under willow, pine and dogwood trees, accented by an outdoor fireplace. Expect lots of green, as befits the movie, highlighted by swatches of color.

And since Rings fans are known to be rabid, we had to ask Joyce about the logistics of creating something like this in a home garden. He seemed skeptical about the idea, but finally said, "It'd take weeks, and thousands of dollars."

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"

Seely's Landscape Nursery, Hilliard

With plants from their greenhouse's selection of 3,500 species, Roger Seely and son Roger Jr. are creating a warm, Asian-themed garden-slash-meditation center. Referring to the warriors in Ang Lee's wuxia romance, Seely said, "This is where they train their minds. We tried to just make it relaxing so they could build up their inner strength."

Behind a large moon gate, a bridge will cover a small pool filled with water irises (a waterfall is also part of the design). Granite benches will offer space for contemplation of the assortment of hostas, azaleas, Japanese maples, trimmed evergreens and bamboo trees that span from small, home garden sizes to 30 feet in height.

Overall, Seely promises a sense of tranquility and being transported. "Come to my garden," he beckoned pleasantly. "I will take you to another world."