Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2012

For the past 19 years, Epcot/Disney World has hosted the International Flower & Garden Festival. From the first week of March through the end of May, the park is blanketed with 30 million blossoms….yes, I DID say 30 MILLION blossoms!!–dozens of Disney character topiaries, floating mini-gardens and maxi flower-towers!!  Because this year’s event was sponsored by HGTV, the indoor Festival Center was buzzing with showcases and demonstrations given by celebrities from the network, as well as staff from the University of Florida/IFAS who were also responsible for staffing the Ask an Expert booth. As luck would have it, I was one of 4 people selected from my Master Gardener class to work a 2 hour shift in the booth on Saturday, April 21!!!

Master Gardener Booth at Epcot April 21, 2012

Terribly blurry picture, but there I am in the booth!!

Florida Master Gardener Sign at Epcot Festival Booth

The sign next to our booth! (not blurry, go figure!!)

Most of the questions we fielded were much like those at Gardenfest–people curious about organic growing, tree diseases, types of local soils, and the all important, “Where’s the closest restroom) ;)

But the REAL fun were the hours before and after my shift, when I got to explore!   The first thing I did was take a 16 minute ride through time and space on the iconic Spaceship Earth:

Spaceship Earth, Epcot

Then it was off to explore the flowers and gardens:

Amaranth at Showcase Plaza

Click to see full size picture...it's worth it!!

The amaranth at Showcase Plaza were so unbelievably stunning, I had to get a closer look!

Amaranth, close-up

What amazed me next was this HUGE floral arrangement:

Epcot Butterfly Arrangement

and an unusual brown butterfly in the semi-tented area behind it:

Common Crow Butterfly

I’d never seen a common crow (aka euploea core) butterfly before and was fascinated by the white “dots!”  I followed it across a path to a garden sponsored by the National Audubon Society:

Common Crow Butterfly in Audobon Society Garden, Epcot

Audubon Epcot Garden, "For the Birds"

This garden is "For the birds!" ;)

Floating Mini Garden under the Monorail

Floating Garden, Festival Center Entrance

Floating Garden Pic 2, Festival Center Entrance

Donald and Daisy Duck Topiaries, Epcot 2012

I’ve barely touched on all there is to see and do at this annual festival, but you can see more by watching the video below….(and remember, click on the pictures to see full size versions!)

Until next time……

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10 thoughts on “Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2012

  1. I can relate and enjoy this post more so, My family were at the 2010 period and was as usual very fascinated. We have been to Disney Epcot many times and Epcot is my favourite park. The gardens and designs scattered about the park was and is pretty incredible. Looking at your pictures reminded me of the ones I took and video, generally the whole experience. Thanks for sharing. ;)

    • hey, thanks for the comment! It really was a fun day! We were so relieved the weather wasn’t the horror show that had been predicted…hail, 70mph winds and overall miserable rain! It drizzled only intermittently, the wind never happened and we made it through the whole day without wearing those cheapo ponchos! :)

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