Walt Disney World
are in store for the interested visitor to Walt Disney
World in Florida, as Maryalice Koehne was delighted
All winter and spring,
folks flock to Florida to enjoy warm weather and lush
greenery. Taking advantage of this climate, Walt Disney
World in Orlando is a horticulturist's delight, even
though it's known more for the fun and fantasy than
flowers. But if Victorian gardeners were to view the
3 million bedding plants (showcasing hundreds of cultivars
from around the world) planted in perfect patterns and
changed seasonally throughout the various areas, they'd
have swooned dead away.
During the holiday
season, all who are young at heart relate to the whimsical
that blend horticulture and innovative technology besides
the baskets and containers of plants. Where else would
you see a resplendent living topiary of Mickey Mouse
waving a fibre-optic wand?
Those who prefer
keeping the past and future in separate compartments
might prefer the World Showcase gardens around the Lagoon
at Epcot. There, they may explore on their own or join
an international exploration of horticultural principles
and practices in settings ranging from the wild jungles
of Mexico to an orangery inspired by the fête des citrons
in Menton, France.
might want to duck into the traditional English cottage
garden or travel the maze
modelled after that at Somerleyton
Hall and Gardens in Suffolk, England.
features include a dynamic Chinese dragon topiary made
entirely of bromeliads (boldly colourful tropical plants)
and a precise miniature Railway Garden where plants
and structures are all in scale. It takes a good deal
of looking to absorb all the details in this display.
The Railway Garden will even feature a miniature German
village festival to complement Epcot's eighth annual
Flower & Garden Festival (20th April to 3rd June
"We have a horticultural
philosophy that something phenomenal should always be
blooming," said Kim Warneke, area manager of the horticultural
services department that's responsible for the festival.
"There's a bounty of trees, baskets, topiaries and programmes
to satisfy the horticultural cravings of all our guests."
A gardening information gazebo,
special signage and plant labels throughout the gardens
answer many questions for inquisitive visitors.
During the festival,
a variety of programmes, workshops and demonstrations
by national garden experts are staged. They cover everything
from 'Lasagne Gardening' to 'Making Herbal Dream Pillows'.
Special programmes for kids include the 'Bug Bowl' that
shows children how bugs help the environment. Another
exclusive festival offering is a tour of the Town of
Celebration's parks and gardens to gather ideas for
your own yard. (Fees are charged for some events.)
with premission from Greenfingers.com