The 'Living' Room brings furnishings to life in Powell Gardens' exhibit

Ordinary household items transform into living works of art for the next conservatory exhibit at Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden. Opening March 15, The "Living" Room exhibit reveals a home literally alive with color and texture. From a living floral rug to plant-padded chairs, the exhibit is the fictional home of the Moss family and also houses the garden's yearly orchid exhibit. The display is included with regular Garden admission and will be open daily from March 15 through May 11.

Variations of the exhibit have appeared at Powell Gardens since 2003 and have become a visitor favorite. On the weekend of March 15 and 16, visitors also can learn more about the art of vertical gardening at a discovery station called "Designing with Living 'Walls.'" Whether you garden in a small space or want to add height to your garden, vertical gardening can fill the need. The discovery station will include plans, suggested plant lists and a demonstration planter to provide inspiration. The station will be available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Also in March

Cafe Thyme opens with spring hours

Cafe Thyme returns for the 2014 season serving wraps, soups and salads from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in March.

Spuds Unearthed! A Celebration: March 29

Potato planting usually starts in March, and Heartland Harvest Garden Interpreter Barbara Fetchenhier will share information that both gardeners and foodies will love during a day-long celebration of one of the world's most popular vegetables. Join Barb at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for demonstrations at her workshop in the Missouri Barn.

Festivities for the kids begin at 1 p.m. with a "Make a Living Potato Head" make-and-take project. Using a real potato, children will add wiggly eyes, a mouth, arms, legs and other accessories to bring their creations to life. At 2 p.m., storyteller Dawnna Morris will share a tale from the Amelia Bedelia series that involves a delicious spud-based snack. All Spuds Unearthed! activities are included with regular Garden admission.