Spring has sprung here on the SouthCoast, and while your allergies may be begging you to take an allergy pill and stay inside, it's hard to resist stepping out into the sunshine and getting your hands into some fresh dirt.

Thanks to Lowe's locations across the country, anyone can experience the joys of the outdoors during SpringFest, with free kits available by curbside pickup every week throughout the month of April. The Dartmouth location is partaking in the company's new event, which will put family-friendly activities right in the hands of people looking for a way to get out and enjoy the beautiful SouthCoast sun.

"Over the past year, our homes have transformed and supported us in more ways than we could have imagined. This spring, home can evolve, yet again, to be a creative outlet and the ultimate destination," Marisa Thalberg, Lowe's executive vice president, chief brand and marketing officer said in a press release. "Through SpringFest and our invitation to take a Hometrip, we're making the best of spring available so our customers can transport themselves without ever leaving the sanctuary of home."

Starting April 1, those wishing to pick up the first free kit can head online to Lowe's website and reserve a Garden-to-Go kit that will feature exclusive recipes from professional cook and food stylist Amanda Frederickson. This kit will be available for curbside pickup on April 8.

Lowe's will give away Mystery Garden Piñatas with mystery seed packets on April 15. The kits on April 22 will feature a total of 500 thousand tree saplings in honor of Earth Day so you can get out and plant a tree. The giveaway on April 29 is all about the butterfly lovers, with kits that help families create a butterfly garden.

All kits will be available for online reservation a week before their pickup date, and those wishing to pick up kits on the SouthCoast should choose the North Dartmouth location on Faunce Corner Road while reserving their kit.

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