Spring is here! Spring is here! Spring is here! After the winter we’ve had, I know I’m not the only one who wants to skip joyously around town today. Let’s welcome spring with open arms this year, shall we? This list should get you started.
  1. Take a walk: Hendricks County boasts dozens of miles of paved or groomed walking trails, so you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable way to take advantage of those first warm days. Josh compiled a list of the Top 10 Trails in the County that will help you get moving.
  2. Avon Gardens Stop by a local garden shop: One of my favorite parts of spring is planning my garden. (My biggest challenge lies in restricting myself when I get to the shop!) Places like Brownsburg’s Country Harmony, Frazee Gardens or Avon Gardens will really inspire you.
  3. Visit a park and take your camera: I’m a photographer who finds a lot of inspiration in the world outdoors, and I love to shoot new flowers and budding plants. Hendricks County’s parks offer many great opportunities for photo ops. Do you have kids? Take them to the playground and try to capture the joy on their faces as they swing toward the sky.
  4. Go to the Hendricks County Home and Garden Show: This Saturday, more than 100 vendors will stuff the 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex with inspiring home ideas. Tickets to the March 22 show can be purchased in advance or at the door.
  5. Buy a bouquet of fresh spring flowers for yourself or a friend at one of Hendricks County's local florists. Buy a bouquet of flowers: Each town in Hendricks County has at least one good florist, so you can easily bring spring into your home. Buy a colorful bouquet for yourself, a loved one or a stranger! Some local florists include Flowered Occasions in Plainfield; Rue de Fleurs in Avon; Brownsburg’s Queen Anne’s Lace or the Brownsburg Flower Shop; Flowers and Treasures in Pittsboro; and Garden Gate Flowers and Gifts in North Salem.
  6. Go for a scenic drive with the windows down: I love to roll my windows down in my car on a sunny day and turn up the radio. You can do the same with a scenic drive through the county. Need a destination? Pick a place along the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail, which will even take you into Morgan County.
  7. Pick up some gardening tips: Whether you have a thoroughly green thumb or are just a budding gardener, you should plan to visit the Hendricks County Master Gardeners’ annual “Gardening for All Ages” event on April 26. The event is free and will feature a mix of speakers and exhibitors on a range of topics.
  8. Shop for new spring clothes: Ready to do some spring cleaning? After you’ve purged your closets of winter clothes and out-of-date items, fill the void with some retail therapy. Hendricks County offers an abundance of local shops, boutiques, and consignment stores where you can find great deals and fashions. Just check out the shopping category on the right for a list of places to start!
  9. Get moving in a 5k, 10k, or longer event: Everyone is anxious to get out of the house, as evidenced by the increase in run/walk events around the county. You can find two this coming Saturday (the Tomahawk Trail Run 8k in Danville and the Hearts and Soles for Honduras event at the Plainfield Recreation Center), or look further ahead by searching our Events database. Spring weather makes us all want to get outside and get active. Take advantage of the many organized walks and runs this season.
  10. Learn something new: Many sites offer classes and programs throughout the year, and you’ll find topics to suit everyone in your family. Two of my favorites to check out are the Hendricks County Parks and Frazee Gardens.
The list doesn’t have to end there! What’s your favorite way to welcome spring?