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Archive for Thursday, February 25, 1999

ANNUAL HOME AND GARDEN SHOW KICKS OFF SPRING

February 25, 1999

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The annual Lawrence Garden and Home Show at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds is expected to have about 35 vendors again this year, according to one of the event organizers.

People interested in everything from flowers to siding should have plenty to see at this year's Lawrence Garden and Home Show.

And even folks who aren't homeowners can get a head start on gardening or decorating tips, a vendor at the show said.

"It can give people a jump start, because most people will eventually end up owning a home," said Ann Peuser, owner of Clinton Parkway Nursery & Garden Store, 4900 Clinton Pkwy.

"Plus there's a garden show," she said. "And there will be awesome displays, and just nice green, colorful plants in the middle of February."

About 35 vendors are expected to participate.

"You can buy or you can also look and pick people's brains see if we're all telling the same stories," she said.

"I think the number of exhibitors has stayed the same just because we're limited on space ... but I think we're getting the same or maybe a few more people in," Peuser said.

"We're doing heavier advertising this year, so hopefully we'll have a few more people."

Vendors at the show will include displays for: painting, home siding, yard landscaping and art, windows, furniture, carpentry, decorating, remodeling, water gardens, dried flowers, mudjacking and conservation.

"So there is quite a few different things," Peuser said.

The annual show is sponsored by the Douglas County extension office and the Lawrence Garden and Home Show Inc., which is a consortium of home- and garden-related businesses.

"The extension office helps, but basically it's put on by all the exhibitors," Peuser said.

The annual show also includes a flower show.

Vendors will have a variety of seeds and flowers for sale, including pansies, geraniums, tulips and daffodils.

And Peuser said, at the conclusion of the show on Sunday afternoon, there will be a flower sale, where flowers used in displays throughout the annual show will be sold at below-cost.

A schedule of events will be available at the show, Peuser said. For additional information, call the extension office, 843-7058.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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