EPCOT — FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL — AMAZING GARDEN DISPLAYS
Blooms are everywhere at Epcot in spring! Disney’s key goal with the Flower & Garden Festival is to help people and families connect with nature. Horticulturists spend countless hours creating magical garden destinations, bringing nature to everyone at the festival. We’ve chosen our top 5…
1. Flower Towers and Floating Mini-Gardens — As you stroll from Future World to the World Showcase Lagoon, stop and gaze at these awe-inspiring blooms… each year’s are especially vibrant. Flower towers line the walkways, towering up to 9 feet high and packed with hundreds of individual plants. A sea of blooms surround the ponds in recognizable patterns of Mickey ears and stars. Floating in the ponds are over 200 mini-gardens in a rainbow of colors.
2. Shakespeare Garden — United Kingdom Pavilion — This treasure is for all literary buffs to enjoy. A bust of Shakespeare adorns the garden. Quotes are nestled throughout the display from his many plays and sonnets. Each quote sits alongside the flower or herb referenced in the quote. The famous line from Romeo & Juliet… “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”… is placed adjacent to beautiful pink roses. Take time to wander around this enchanting garden.
3. Tuscan Cucina Garden — Italy Pavilion — Here’s a fragrant garden that is not only a feast for the eyes, its plantings would be welcome additions to any Italian feast. This kitchen garden has Italian terra cotta pots overflowing with herbs and plants used in Tuscan dishes. Linger and enjoy the wonderful aromas.
4. Extraordinary Orchids — Mexico Pavilion — A hidden tropical paradise awaits just out the side door of the Mexico Pavilion. Not too many people know it’s there. Wander this trail to see orchids of all kinds abloom. Hanging from tall trees, their stunning colors and intricate patterns are fascinating to see.
5. Bonsai Collection — Japan Pavilion — Head to Japan’s lakefront, next to the Torii Gate, to see this display of bonsai trees. These tiny marvels are actually an ancient Japanese art form dating back over a thousand years. They are carefully manicured into artistically shaped miniature trees in containers which mimic the shape and style of mature trees. A few specimens on display are over 100 years old.
These are only a few of the many magical garden destinations at Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival every spring… a must-see for garden lovers of all ages.