The snow may be piled high outside, with temperatures dipping into the teens.
But spring fever is in the air this weekend inside the Lawrence Holidome.
"This weather is perfect. It's nasty outside and people can't get out in their yard. But yet they can come in here and enjoy spring," said Ann Peuser, chair of the Lawrence Garden & Home Show.
The show, which continues today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holidome, 200 McDonald Dr., features commercial booths, a flower show, educational displays and seminars.
The admission fee helps pay for a horticultural scholarship for a Douglas County student, Peuser said.
Peuser said about 250 people attended the show Friday night. And although the crowd had thinned out Saturday afternoon during Kansas University's basketball game, she expeceted more people to arrive later Saturday afternoon and evening.
"I CAN'T believe the comments," Peuser said. "People are, like, `Oh, I'm ready for spring! Oh, this looks so good!'"
The show consists of mostly garden and home exhibits.
"Gosh, there's everything," she said. "There's plants people, there's siding, there's interiors, like your carpets and kitchens, paint and wallpaper just a little bit of everything for your house."
The show includes 42 exhibits, both commercial and noncommercial, she said.
"It's going to take a good hour or two to wander through it all," she said. "Some of the booths will be selling stuff. Also a lot of the exhibitors will be giving away prizes."
An added treat is the educational material available through the Douglas County Extension Service.
DENNIS BEJOT, Douglas County extension director, was operating a computer program that helped people figure out how big they needed their vegetable gardens to be. It could provide information on costs, times to plant and yields.
"Whatever size garden they want, we can put out on the printout," he said. "They can take it home and have all that information available. It's nice to take something like that home when you're planting your garden."
Other information at the extension tables included printed information on lawns, gardens, shrubs and trees. Master gardeners also were available to answer questions.
Susan Krum, an extension agent who specializes in foods and nutrition, was available to answer questions about preserving foods through canning, freezing and drying.
"IT SEEMS like people are getting more into the gardening and therefore, they also need to know how to preserve that garden's produce and that's where I come in," she said.
Today's activities at the show include an "I Can Do Workshop" for children sponsored by Douglas County 4-H members. With the guidance of senior 4-H members, children will make a bird feeder and learn new skills. Instructions and materials are free.
Seminars scheduled for today are:
At 12:30 p.m., "Urban Natural Resources" by Doug Gahn, Douglas County Soil Conservation Service, Lawrence.
At 1 p.m., "Lawn and Garden Equipment Safety," by Steve Eubank, John Deere Co., Kansas City, Mo.
At 2 p.m., "How to Preserve Your Flower Garden," by Kathy Hagen, Prairie Flowers, and Lisa Nelick, Prairie Harbor Flowers.
At the end of the show, at 4 p.m., the potted flowers decorating the booths will be sold.