Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Walt Disney World: A review of the Gardening at Home series at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

From Wayne Gresham
Posted March 24, 2011 at 3:03 PM
For those of you that do not know, Epcot Flower and Garden Festival gives back to their guests. During the festival Thursdays thru Sundays at 11am and 2pm the Horticulture cast members give away some of the magic of Disney's beautiful gardens and landscapes. So far this year the topics have been; Gardening at Home, and Gardening in Miniature. The Gardening at Home talk featured Robert Bowden and actually inspired me to start my own vegetable garden at my house. Robert explained the easiest way to have your own produce section right at home. He explained that no matter where you live that you can have your own garden. He tells you how to do these things no matter who you are. The Gardening in Miniature talk featured one of Disney's own Cast Members. Joseph Rainey spoke on the history of the terrarium. He started from the accidental fern in a jar in London to the fad that it was in the 1970's, and then to the living decor of today. To top off a great educational experience, there is a project that you can take home at the end of each talk. The projects are along the theme of the talk for the day. There are different topics for every week of the Festival. Here's the topics for the weeks to come:
3/24 – 3/27 Helpful Mower & Small Equipment Tips Scott Franklin
3/31 – 4/3 Tropical Edibles Jarrod Stewart
4/7 – 4/10 Fun Holiday Projects Doug Benedict
4/15 – 4/17 Gardening Challenges Tom MacCubbin
4/21 – 4/24 Seed, Sow & Grow Ed Buhler
4/28 – 5/1 Inspiring Patio Designs Allison Brooks
5/6 – 5/8 Mastery & Mind in Living Flowers Ricardo Bansho Carrasco
5/12 – 5/15 A to Z on Herbs Tracy Fischer

All these talks are in the Festival Center at the Greenhouse Stage. Enjoy the fruits of what you learn.

From Joe Cronin
Posted March 24, 2011 at 4:52 PM
Thanks for the great info Wayne. I would like to add that you need to get to the Greenhouse Stage area EARLY. The seating area is limited, and fills up quickly. This is one of my favorite gems of the Flower and Garden Fest. The projects are fun and FREE! I still have some from several years ago.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted March 24, 2011 at 4:56 PM
Good job!

I will be looking forward to it in a couple of weeks!

From Wayne Gresham
Posted March 24, 2011 at 5:13 PM
Thank you for that Joe. That is true you need to get there early the talks are a very popular event at the festival.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted March 24, 2011 at 8:15 PM
I believe you need to get there early because they are free and EPCOT events tend to draw in the locals.

From Terri Pierce
Posted March 24, 2011 at 9:09 PM
I agree with the early part. This festival tends to run right with spring break so no only is the festival bringing in locals but students tend to be in the park as well.

From Jen Smith
Posted March 25, 2011 at 9:43 AM
Great article Wayne!!! Can't wait to read more from you!!

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