Topiary Displays and Disney World have always gone hand in hand as Walt Disney, the person, got the idea of creating Disney character inspired topiary displays by seeing traditional topiary gardens in Europe. In 1963, Disney asked his landscaping team to create the now famous topiary displays for his Disneyland Park in California that would be later included at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Fast-forward to today’s Disney World and you can see that Disney Imagineers have taken the topiary to the next level, taking a page from the well defined topiary displays of the Tournament of Roses Parade, with the different organic materials to help form a true “living” topiary that are positioned in a way to help tell a classic Disney story.
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2015
The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Disney’s annual horticultural event that takes place each year during the months of March, April, and May at Epcot. The 2015 event takes place from Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 through Sunday, May 27th 2015. Each year, the Disney World Gardening and Landscaping teams fill Epcot with plants, flowers, and topiaries that sparkle under the Florida sunshine. You will always find Disney’s most famous characters of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy in topiary form as well as several of the Disney princesses. For 2015, there will be more than 75 Disney Character topiary’s at the park and over 100 topiary’s overall. Coy Tipping of Buttoned Up Closet Company states, “This is a spring weather, family-time event, equivalent to viewing Christmas light displays during the holidays. These topiaries are living works of art to be enjoyed by old and young alike and the setting couldn’t be more inviting. With Epcot as a back drop, there will be plenty to see and great cuisine options to choose from. This is a must see.”
HGTV Home and Garden Demonstrations
A new partnership between Disney World and the HGTV television network that started with the 2011 event will bring celebrity HGTV personalities like former Going Yard star Chris Lambton to make presentations on topics such as the “Top Design Trends Made Affordable and Accessible” and “The Art of Sculpting Space”. Other HGTV personalities making presentations include Brandon Johnson, and Meg Caswell.
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Flower Power Concert Series
On the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday days of the event, a popular band from the 60’s and 70’s perform at 5:15 PM, 6:30 PM and 7:45 PM at the American Gardens Amphitheater. The 2014 schedule is TBA but to give you an idea, here’s last year’s lineup:
March 6 to 10: Micky Dolenz (I’m a Believer)
March 15 to 17: Chubby Checker and The Wildcats (The Twist)
March 22 to 24: The Guess Who
March 29 to 31: Nelson
April 5 to 7: The Turtles feat. Flo and Eddie (Happy Together)
April 12 to 14: Paul Revere and The Raiders (Good Thing)
April 19 to 21: The Village People (new!)
April 26 to 28: The Orchestra, featuring former members of ELO and ELO II
May 3 to 5: Tommy Roe (new!)
May 10 to 12: Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (I’m Henry VIII, I Am)
May 17 to 19: Starship Starring Mickey Thomas (We Built This City)
Bambi’s Butterfly House and Disney Fairy Pixie Hallow Garden
Disney expanded their popular butterfly house for the 2011 event to be 3 times the size of the previous events. Bambi’s Butterfly House is a place where children can run around with butterflies in a garden in an enclosed space so that the butterflies cannot escape. Around the same space is the Pixie Hallow Garden.
Lukas Butterfly Garden in Oviedo
If you enjoy the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, you may also enjoy the Lukas Butterfly Garden in the city of Oviedo to take the kids to. For more horticultural fun, check out the website for Winter Park based Garden Design magazine to help with your gardening ideas.
Questions and Answers
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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Video