8 Gorgeous Sites From the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
It's our favorite time of year to visit the park.
There's no bad time to visit Walt Disney World, but at HGTV we definitely geek out on the International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. Popular Disney characters come to live throughout the park with giant topiaries made of only flowers, grasses and other plants. Here are our favorite displays from the show this year.
There's so much attention to detail, and no opportunity to display flora is overlooked. Just look at these tiny flower islands in the lake between Future World and World Showcase. Tiny. Flower. Islands.
The real showstopper this year was the butterfly garden.
This fast speedster rolls right into action! He is covered in green creeping fig as creeping Jenny forms the lightning bolts on the doors. The windows are created with reindeer moss and the tires from palm fiber. Making the frames for these topiaries typically takes months. Once ready they are stuffed and planted in about three weeks though Lightning McQueen only took a week.
Bambi and Friends
This woodland scene can be found in Epcot's Canada. Character artists sculpt the characters' heads and then they are treated to look like moss. This same artist also oversees the making the topiary frames. Bambi, Thumper and Flower are surrounded by plantings that include fox glove, delphiniums and poppies.
Clusters of fuschia pentas, Gerbera daisies and geraniums set the stage for some of the most beautiful butterfly species we've ever seen.
All hail the Queen Butterfly!
Hey there, Common Buckeye.
And this beauty is a White Peacock Butterfly.