Festival Fun – Even If You Don’t Garden!

Today, Kathleen Logan Wolfe from Get Down to Disness joins us to share her thoughts on the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival as part of our #WDWGardenParty series!  Take it away Kathleen!

It's a great big beautiful tomorrow at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival! Photo by Cliff Wang.

It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival! Photo by Cliff Wang.

This brown-thumbed, non-gardener recently spent some time at Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival (by choice) and had a fantastic time!

What brings a person who couldn’t care less about the latest and greatest in gardening techniques and innovations to a festival all about those things? Well food kiosks of course, but more than that, the beauty that befalls Epcot when adorned with all the extra plantings, gardens, pop-up playgrounds, Flower Power concerts and topiaries.  Ooooh the topiaries!

Topiaries at Walt Disney World as we know them today have come a long way since my early visits in the 80’s when we referred to them as “animal shaped hedges”. Back then, they were simply shrubs trimmed masterfully into various shapes. Much like the Serpent that has been guarding the Magic Kingdom since 1971. I was still in awe of them then and recall wanting my Dad to replicate them in our yard. He did not.

Oooooh! Topiaries! Photo by Laurie Sapp.

Oooooh! The topiaries! Photo by Laurie Sapp.

Today, the craftsmanship, artistry, detail and color that is poured into each display certainly elevates them from a simple hedge to lavish topiary status. All throughout Epcot, in Future World and World Showcase, botanical scenes are created depicting some of your favorite Disney characters and movie moments. This living art is worth the price of admission alone. Here is a short behind the scenes video on how they are made:

However, the beauty of the festival is in more than just the topiaries. With the abundance of extra plantings, gardens and potted flowers, your personal photos receive a color rich backdrop you just can’t get at any other time of the year. Selfies are taken to the next level! Just leave those sticks at home.

More notably though-for this foodie, may be the festival food kiosks “planted” around the World Showcase. It’s like a mini Food & Wine Festival these days! The reasonably priced tasting portions of dishes from around the globe, have inspired many to ditch a traditional sit-down meal and opt for what is called “eating around the world” instead. A great use of snack credits if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan by the way!

Even at night, this festival is beautiful. Photo by Laurie Sapp.

Even at night, this festival is beautiful. Photo by Laurie Sapp.

Sampling and sharing a variety of culinary delights while strolling through my favorite theme park dressed in beautiful floral arrangements and botanical sculptures, while listening to the sounds of the Flower Power concert of the evening is a little slice of heaven! It’s why I first attended Flower & Garden Festival and why I will continue to again and again!

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