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!
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!
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.
The roses here are some of my favorites. I am always on the lookout for more “Daily Flowers”
And here again, Walt Disney World did not disappoint. 13,000 roses cover the Walt Disney World area.
Here at Epcot, removing the older blooms requires more than 400 hours per year.
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!
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.”
“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.
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.
At Epcot, there are gardens everywhere and they change according the plants of each country.
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.”
In the Animal Kingdom, orchids can be found in the animal enclosures and along the pathways.
Also in the Animal Kingdom, birds of paradise can be found before you even get into the park!
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.
Others might be right in front of you!
Or even, above you!
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.”
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.
Britt : )