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Get Lucky with our Shamrock Giveaway!

The first 50 parties (members or with paid admission) who arrive on St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday will take home a lucky shamrock (Oxalis) plant to grow at home! This weekend also marks the opening of The “Living” Room exhibit in the Conservatory and the grand opening of Cafe Thyme for the spring season. This month, the cafe is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Check out this weekend’s menu!

And you won’t want to miss the “Living” Room, which transforms the Conservatory into the whimsical home of the Moss family. In this imaginative exhibit, ordinary household items turn into living works of art. From plant “upholstered” dining chairs to a living floral rug, the room is literally alive with color and texture. Come check out the family pets and the rest of what arguably may be the region’s most creative family!

The exhibit is perfect for creative photographers and we’d love to see what you capture. Share your best shots with us on Twitter with #LivingRoom or post on our Facebook page or our Powell Gardens Shutterbugs pool on Flickr.


Ask an Expert: Five Questions with Wedding Entertainment Director Ron Ruth

Love is in the air at Powell Gardens as we prepare for Love in Bloom: A Wedding Planning Fair on Saturday, Feb. 23. You’ll find lots of great wedding planning information at the event, including a presentation by Wedding Entertainment Director Ron Ruth, who will share five simple and fun ways to “Wow!” your wedding guests.

Here, Ron shares a bit about his background and some things to think about when planning your own wedding: 

How did you get involved in the wedding DJ business?

The perfect beginning to a storybook tale would be to say that my lifelong career goal was to become a wedding DJ. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t be totally true. I came into the DJ industry in the late 1980s out of necessity more than as a brilliant career move. After working in another, unrelated industry for a number of years, I suddenly found myself looking for a new job. I responded to an ad to DJ part-time. It seemed like the perfect way to make money while I continued my job search. I enjoyed music and had a hobby of recording mixes in my makeshift home studio plus I had a background in theatre, making it easy to speak in front of large crowds. Within a short time, I not only became very good at the craft of DJing, I also realized that the DJ profession was one I was destined to pursue. 
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