Flowers are front and center stage at Walt Disney World

 
Rose at Epcot © Britt Conley

Rose at Epcot © Britt Conley

Not sure how many of my Bee Friends are flower photographers but if you are, Disney is a great destination!  I spent a few days out and about angling to see just what kind of flora I could find in the middle of Winter and boy was I surprised! Everywhere is a garden here!

Roses along a walkway at Epcot © Britt Conley

It’s easy to miss the flowers while taking in the amazing Disney experience with all the rides, shows, fireworks and parades but trust me they are where you least expect them!

These are the stroller parking area © Britt Conley
These are the stroller parking area © Britt Conley

An area about the size of 4,000 acres is just devoted to gardens here at Walt Disney World. Most may miss them but here in Epcot’s the World, there was this lovely vegetable garden, just sitting in the sun.

Vegetables at Epcot © Britt Conley
Vegetables at Epcot © Britt Conley

The roses here are some of my favorites.  I am always on the lookout for more “Daily Flowers”

The roses are beautifully maintained © Britt Conley
The roses are beautifully maintained © Britt Conley

And here again, Walt Disney World did not disappoint.  13,000 roses cover the Walt Disney World area.

Yellow roses brighten the path view © Britt Conley
Yellow roses brighten the path view © Britt Conley

Here at Epcot, removing the older blooms requires more than 400 hours per year.

Another perfect Daily Flower! © Britt Conley
Another perfect Daily Flower! © Britt Conley

Disney highlights that their horticulturists plant about three million plants and annuals per year and use, “8,500 interior plants each year and add 6,000 trees to the exterior landscapes” as well as keeping up four million shrubs!

Most people would never consider Disney for it’s flowers but I’m here to tell any possible photo bee friends to bring your camera and find your own daily flowers!  I spent a few days out and about to see just what kind of flora I could find in the middle of Winter and boy was I surprised!  Everywhere is a garden here.
horticultural professional at Walt Disney World.  Photo Courtesy Walt Disney World
horticultural professional at Walt Disney World. Photo Courtesy Walt Disney World

According to Disney, “a team of more than 750 horticultural professionals at Walt Disney World Resort direct a landscape ‘show’ of well over 7 million trees, shrubs and flowers that are part of the entertainment at the Vacation Kingdom.”

Disney Horticulturalist. Photo courtesy Walt Disney World
Disney Horticulturalist. Photo courtesy Walt Disney World

“Each plant,” they point out, “is placed strategically to add character, color, mood or backdrop to one of the world’s largest and busiest stages.”  Futhermore they add, “more than 4,000 hanging baskets are produced each year and are planned a year in advance to theme with seasonal flowering trees, bedding plants and surrounding architecture.”  These two hanging baskets are from the holidays at Epcot.

Even the ivy is done well © Britt Conley
Even the ivy is done well © Britt Conley

There is a great way to see the gardens up close and personal with Epcot’s three hour Gardens of the World tour with one of the hundreds of experts here.  If your headed to Disney World, you can call 407 WDW-TOUR to learn all about this tour and others.

Gardens of the World Tour. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World
Gardens of the World Tour. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

At Epcot, there are gardens everywhere and they change according the plants of each country.

I especially loved mixing this maze with flowers © Britt Conley
I especially loved mixing this maze with flowers © Britt Conley

Disney explains, “from the seasonal explosion of the Canada pavilion’s floral displays to the ancient beauty of China’s reflective ponds and water lilies, the gardens of Epcot are among the most extensive at the Walt Disney World Resort. In all 11 nations of the World Showcase, the gardens set the stage to help tell each country’s “story” and provide continuity and transition from one nation to the next.”

Disney Horticulture. Photo courtesy Walt Disney World
Disney Horticulture. Photo courtesy Walt Disney World

In the Animal Kingdom, orchids can be found in the animal enclosures and along the pathways.

Orchids in the animal areas and along the paths © Britt Conley
Orchids in the animal areas and along the paths © Britt Conley

Also in the Animal Kingdom, birds of paradise can be found before you even get into the park!

Birds of Paradise © Britt Conley

Birds of Paradise © Britt Conley

When you head to Disney, look around.  There are flower beds everywhere with all types of blossoms.  Some might be right behind you as you take break.

Pansys © Britt Conley

Pansys © Britt Conley

Others might be right in front of you!

The landscaper's treat © Britt Conley

The landscaper's treat © Britt Conley

Or even, above you!

Flowers on the roof tops © Britt Conley

Flowers on the roof tops © Britt Conley

This hibiscus practically found me while having an ice cream break.  I just looked over and there it was!  Disney explains that the Animal Kingdom’s African savannah was, “designed with munching in mind. Elephants, giraffes, antelope and other creatures eat and play with the theme park landscape, so landscape designers created a 100-acre “browse farm” to replace natural forage including acacia, hibiscus, mulberry and other shrubs.”

A perfect hibiscus with a perfect ice cream cone © Britt Conley

A perfect hibiscus with a perfect ice cream cone © Britt Conley

After seeing so many amazing flowers, I have to say, being a horticulturalist here must be a blast!  No wonder they have over 700  gardeners, arborists, irrigation specialists and pest management specialists.  Looking at the all the parks I can’t help but wonder if that is even enough!  These folks are amazing!

Speaking of amazing, tomorrow, The Bee is bringing a special treat from the first Photo Garden Bee Tour.  I’m starting Part I from our visit with Horticulturalist Les Frey through the green houses of The Land Pavilion at Epcot.  It was Great!  Yes, I put a capital G there.

‘Til tomorrow…

Britt : )

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