Thoughts of the recession weighed on the minds of some of the Edmontonians visiting the Home and Garden Show at Northlands AgriCom yesterday.

The event aims to provide people with inspiration, advice and assistance for all their home and garden projects.

It featured more than 500 vendors and exhibits showcasing the best and newest home and garden products, ranging from flooring and countertops to outdoor fountains and lawn tractors.

Show manager Terri Higgins believes attendance numbers for this year’s event are on par with previous years, but won’t know for sure until later in the week.

“(Visitors to the show are) entertaining more at home, so they want to increase the values of their homes and now is the time to do it,” she said.

Visitor Dawn Wright was at the show to get ideas, and said that the recession is on her mind when she is looking at products.

“You just want to be more cautious about how you’re going to spend your money,” she said. “It’s much more shopping around and doing my homework to find out what I want to do.”

Some vendors at the show, including a John Deere lawn-tractor dealer, noticed that people aren’t in a hurry to make purchases this year.

“They’re thinking about it more,” said Glen Possberg, a sales representative for Martin Equipment LTD. “When times are better, they make quicker decisions.”