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Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden, is THE place to experience spring this April as the Gardens bloom with color and special events. Unless otherwise noted, all activities are included in regular Garden admission.

A Burst of Color

Nothing says spring like traditional flowering bulbs, and a mass planting last fall will yield waves of color this spring in the Terrace Gardens surrounding the Visitor Center. More than 8,000 hyacinths, tulips and Narcissus will create vibrant blocks of color in the Terrace Garden while new plantings of Quamash, a bulb species known for its blue spikes of pale to rich blue flowers will adorn the rain garden along the Dogwood Walk.

Romeo & Juliet to Go, April 12

Join the Friends of Powell Gardens for a taste of Shakespeare among the spring beauty when the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presents Romeo & Juliet to Go at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12. The performance takes place outside, weather permitting. Bring blankets and a lawn chair.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt, April 19

Don't miss this chance to visit with the Easter Bunny over pancakes and then join the Easter Egg Hunt on Powell Gardens' rolling lawns. Breakfast seatings are available at 8:45, 9:30 and 10 a.m. Prices include participation in the egg hunt, which begins promptly at 11 a.m. Additional activities such as painting flower pots and face painting are available for a small fee. To make reservations and see full details, visit www.powellgardens.org/Easter.

Earth Day Celebration, April 19

Want to make the world a better place? Visit Powell Gardens on April 19 to get all kinds of great ideas for small changes or projects you can do that are kind to Mother Earth. Visit the workshop space in the Missouri Barn to explore a gallery of repurposing projects that will have you dumpster diving and diverting reusable items from the trash! You'll find projects using everything from bottle caps to magazines to maps. Demonstrations planned for the day include how to make a Mason bee hive and more.

Visitors also can learn about Powell Gardens' Legacy Tree program and take home a free tree seedling (while supplies last). April is a perfect month for tree planting and the trees propagated through the Legacy Tree program are proven performers for the Kansas City area.

Special performances especially for kids include storytelling with Ms. Fizzle of the Magic School Bus from 11:30 a.m. to noon and a performance by Eco Elvis from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Orchid Weekend, April 26-27

Members of the Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City will be on site from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day to share their enthusiasm and knowledge of these exotic beauties. Explore the orchids accenting the creative beauty of The "Living" Room exhibit and then visit with society members to get tips for growing your own.