56 Spectacular Images From the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Find inspiration for your own garden in these amazing themed gardens, colorful containers, spectacular topiaries and inspiring outdoor kitchens.

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The 2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

The annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is a chance to get inspired with ideas for your own gardening plans this growing season.

Tending the Gardens

Early in the morning gardeners can be found throughout the park working, deadheading, hand-watering and replanting. This colorful garden is planted with annuals including dusty millers, violas, petunias and impatiens.

Pops of Color

Clustered garden containers are prominent features around the park. The blue containers add a pop of color to the vibrant annuals planted in them. These containers are filled with blooms of gerber daisies, impatiens, New Guinea impatiens, sweet alyssum, petunias and dahlias.

Mix it Up

Here one larger cement container is filled with multiple plantings. Colors from opposite ends of the color wheel help to keep your eyes moving from bloom to bloom. This container features coreopsis, geraniums, New Guinea impatiens and celosia.

Health and Healing Garden

This garden features plantings that have been used for their medicinal properties. It features assorted herbs, fruits and flowering plants. This is one of ten specialty gardens located around the park.

Backyard Habitat

This garden incorporates living creatures into the design. It includes homes for birds and small critters that live in fallen logs, rock walls and other formations. It is easy to incorporate many of these elements to encourage wildlife, including animals and insects, to take up residence in your yard.

Urban Farm Eats

This garden is one of eleven that is accompanied by its own outdoor kitchen. This kitchen serves up tasty food such as kale salad, a quinoa vegetable "naanwich" and ghost pepper dusted tilapia. Here straw bales serve as planters for pineapples, tomatoes, strawberries, cabbages, kale and peppers.

Go Vertical

Another planter in the Urban Farm Eats garden reminds us to grow upward to maximize planting space and increase garden yields. This planter is filled with assorted culinary herbs and lettuce. 

Aquaponics 101

Check out this awesome set up. Here tilapia live in their very own tank. The water from the tank and the fish waste provide nutrients for the plantings growing above in the raised beds—the perfect symbiotic relationship.

Aquaponic Plantings

A closer look in the aquaponic's growing beds shows begonias and cabbage growing in the medium.

Milk Crate Planters

Here plastic milk crates are lined with moss, filled with soil and planted. They provide a low-cost home to edible plantings such as herbs, tomatoes and peppers.

Chicken Coop

Many urban gardens around the country include a small chicken coop that can accommodate a few egg-laying hens. This one features a green rooftop.

Overflowing Wheelbarrow

This wheelbarrow has been transformed and overflows with an edible bounty. This whimsical idea is another spin on the traditional container garden. Try adding a tomato plant to the center of the wheelbarrow and surround it with edible plantings such as nasturtium, parsley, herbs, lettuces and cabbage.

Grow Up

Hanging planters also help to maximize urban garden space, even a colander has been transformed into a planter. Raised beds are also perfect for gardening in small spaces, with kids, or for those who have issues bending down or other physical limitations. These raised beds are growing tomatoes, Swiss chard and assorted lettuces.

Upcycled Pallets

Even pallets can be transformed into planters to grow vegetables. Here broccoli, lettuce and parsley thrive. 

Purple Martin Houses

This garden in Epcot is home to several purple martin colonies. They breed here during spring and summer. The birds are monitored by one of the Disney Animal Programs. Purple martins are attracted to habitats in open spaces and houses specifically designed for them.

Radiator Springs

In the garden near Lightning McQueen and Mater we discover that garden art can involve upcycling and create visual interest, as with these repurposed radiators.

Cactus and Succulents

This arrangement is part of the Cactus Road Rally Garden. Cactus and succulents combine here to create a gorgeous arrangement. This garden features hens and chick, agave, echeveria, and Opuntia monacantha variegata 'Joseph's Coat'.

Oh Canada!

This garden is bursting with color and filled with water features. Color blocking is used for plant emphasis. This technique finds more than one identical plant group together for a stronger visual impact.

Springtime Color

Garden beds with curved lines compliment the lush green grass. The garden beds are filled with flowers that naturally lead your eyes from the front to the back of the garden. Planted urns placed strategically around the garden also raise your eyes to notice that even the street lights have hanging planters.

Hanging Planters

Even when the park is busy, guests can always find beautiful hanging planters if they look up. Here these lush containers are planted with geraniums and bacopa.

Whiskey Barrel Containers

Whiskey barrels can be useful in the garden. These are planted with dahlias, coleus, blanket flower,  snapdragons and pentas.

Shakespeare Garden

Located in Disney's United Kingdom is the Shakespeare garden. This garden features many of the plants mentioned in his plays including roses, violas and poppies. The plantings are found interspersed among a traditional garden hedge.

Garden Statuary

In the rear of the Shakespeare Garden is a bust of Shakespeare himself. Garden statues are another wonderful way to add interest to the garden. Here the statue is surrounded by foxgloves which are common in cottage gardens.

The English Tea Garden

The English Tea Garden is another lovely garden that features oversized white tea cups as containers. These teacup container gardens are filled with a variety of herbs and plants used to make tea. 

Botanas Botanico

Located in the World Showcase is an outdoor kitchen serving up tasty dishes such as seafood ceviche, white corn arepa, cachapa con queso, and coconut tres leches. Of course many of the ingredients used to prepare the food can be found growing in adjacent gardens.

A Planted Fountain

A focal planter on the dining patio at Botanas Botànico features this lovely fountain not flowing with water but planted with colorful bromeliads (Vriesea), sweet potato vine and New Guinea impatiens.

Festive Containers

This festive container garden features sweet potato vine, impatiens and a tomato plant. Mixing annuals into vegetable growing containers adds a colorful twist and lovely design element.

Waterfall Grotto

The larger garden adjacent to Botanas Botànico features a waterfall grotto. This garden is also filled with cocoa trees, quinoa, palms, birds of paradise and bromeliads.

The Cocoa Tree

The cocoa tree (Theobroma cacao) grows approximately 12 -16 feet tall. It's seeds are used to make chocolate. The seeds were also used as money during the days of the Aztecs. 

Japanese Bonsai

During the festival beautiful bonsai are displayed throughout Japan. Some are over 200 years old. They are placed on an array of platforms of varying heights to better display the artful design.

Miniature Japanese Gardens

Tiny gardens were spotted in these blue ceramic containers growing in a bed of lirope. One garden is even a miniature Zen garden complete with sand, rocks and its very own rake.

Edible Edging

This larger planter box features two trees surrounded by colorful impatiens and lime colored sweet potato vine. This planter is edged with cabbage in the front with cabbage and broccoli towards the rear. This adds a fun unexpected twist to this container garden. Plus the edibles can be harvested for use in the adjacent kitchen of The Smokehouse.

Unique Blooms

Try planting something different this year that adds a bit of interest to the garden and piques the interest of your guests. These fuzzy fuschia blooms are unique and are a type of celosia commonly called cockscomb.

The Pizzeria Garden

This garden features all the fresh produce you need to create delicious pizzas. A variety of different sized terracotta planters overflow with herbs and tomato plants. These include basil, parsley and oregano. Other annuals are interlaced for color between the lirope including sweet alyssum and begonias.

The Unexpected

Even the drinking fountain becomes a container garden filled with 'Harmony Violet' New Guinea impatiens, 'Snow Crystal' sweet alyssum and blue scaevola.

Big Impact

Try a grouping of different containers. Some should be low to the ground and some taller. Plant each container with a few of the same plant. This adds larger pops of colors as your eyes hop from planter to planter.

Florida Fresh

The Florida Fresh outdoor garden and kitchen celebrate the harvests of Florida and how they contribute to America's food system. At this kitchen, guest can dine on watermelon salad, shrimp and stone grits, blueberry and lemon curd tarts, watermelon passion fruit slush and Key lime sparkling wine.

Florida Fresh Containers

Corn and parsley are found in this waist high container garden. These plantings offer a nice contrast in planting height. This is a great way to add interest to container gardens.

Florida's Bounty

This vegetable garden is edged with flowering annuals which help to attract pollinators. The Florida themed garden features the top yielding produce grown in Florida including sweet corn, broccoli, bell peppers, tomatoes and squash.

Asian Water Gardens

This water garden can be found in Epcot's China. Water gardens are a popular feature in gardens across Asia and are typically edged with palms and evergreens. Reeds and water lilies thrive in the water. Adding a water feature to your backyard is a great way to enjoy another aspect of gardening.

Green Rooftops

In Norway, the roof top has gone green with plantings that include violas, sweet alyssum and turf.

Darling Dahlias

Dahlias, like this one, can be grown in the ground or planted in containers. Here this pink variety was accompanied by other purple blooms.

Marvelous Mexico

Adjacent to the temple wall in Mexico, a bare tree is adorned with a variety of air plants (Tillandsia) and moss. The blue ceramic planters are filled with bromeliads and pineapples.

Tillandsia Crocata

A close-up of the tree's air plant reveals this one getting ready to bloom.

Amazing Bromeliad Blooms

This Vriesea carinata is a burst of color even more spectacular in person.

Purple Blooms

Aechmea 'Blue Tango' is a bromeliad that is a newer hybrid. It can even be grown indoors or outside in warmer climates. The blooms stems are a striking pink with lovely bluish purple blooms.

Orchids in Trees

Off on a side path near Mexico are trees just bursting with blooming orchids growing right up the trunk. This view is from ground level peering up toward the sky.

An Orchid's Bloom

This type of orchid grows well in the home setting as well as outdoors in suitable climates. It is a type of Phalaenopsis or orchid moth.

Touching the Sky

These two palm trees are covered in an array of blooming orchids all the way up their trunks.

Lime Blooms

These white delicate blooms are the beginnings of limes. Each bloom will turn into a delicious lime to be used in the outdoor kitchen of Mexico, Jardin de Fiestas.

Pepper Fire Garden

Do you have a favorite vegetable? Why not plant an area with an assortment of different varieties? Here this garden features all types of peppers including those ranging in heat level from mild to hot.

Patio Blooms

Every inch of Epcot is planted with blooms. Even along the sidewalks guests are greeted by colorful plantings.

The Butterfly Garden

This year's festival features an escape-proof butterfly garden. This garden is filled with butterfly friendly plantings and blooming trees. There are a variety of water sources as well as small housing units filled with viable chrysalises ready to burst open. Here guests are able to observe a variety of different butterflies and learn about their lives.

Sitting for a Spell

Butterflies rest on these yellow coreopsis blooms. Other blooms that welcome butterflies include zinnias, lantana and verbena.

Succulent Daisy Topiaries

These whimsical daisies are planted with succulent centers and mark the entrance to the Epcot Festival Center.