Reach for a bit of spring

Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show is a good way to escape cabin fever

Though we wish spring were in the air, the truth is it’s still eluding the area.

But a bit of spring is within reach by visiting The Messenger’s Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show.

What better way to beat a bout of cabin fever?

The three-day event will be held at Iowa Central Community College’s East Campus, Fort Dodge.

It begins Friday, open from 3 to 7 p.m., and continues on Saturday, running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday it will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free, courtesy of Fort Dodge Hy-Vee. Non-perishable goods will be collected for local food banks.

On Saturday, at 11 a.m., lifestyle artisan Michele Brown will present “Art on Every Table.”

Brown focuses on how a Naturally Creative Lifestyle can Remake Lives — Inside & Out. Brown is an internationally recognized artisan who creates, produces and hosts popular how-to lifestyle programs for television networks such as PBS, DIY Network, HGTV, CW and FOX.

On Saturday, at 1 p.m., Nicole Jonas, of Red Granite Farm, will present on “Underused Perennials — why they deserve a spot in your garden.” Jonas will explain how to broaden your plant palette by teaching about new perennials, and then designing a perennnial border to give your landscape an ever-changing look. Jonas advocates planting with all four seasons in mind

On Saturday, at 2 p.m., Brown will host a hands-on workshop “Luxurious Art Supplies — DIY style.” Pre-registration is required; the cost is $35 per person. Register at or by calling 515-573-2141, ext. 539.

Throughout the event there will be booths and displays showcasing a wide array of businesses and organizations. This year more than 50 exhibitors will be at the Show.

The numerous gardening and home improvement options being featured will make the event memorable and worthwhile for everyone who stops by.

Each year, thousands of people sample this show’s many offerings.

And why not?

Winter’s snow is only temporary.

Until it’s gone, find some spring indoors this weekend.