Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

 

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival ©Destinations in Florida

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival ©Destinations in Florida

 

The 22nd Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

March 4th through May 17th, 2015

 

2015 Festival Highlights

The new “Frozen” topiary vignette at World Showcase Plaza will pop with color as Anna’s and Elsa’s icy world, illustrated with white and silver blooms of delphinium, alyssum and other floral varieties, transforms to a brilliant spring palette featuring Gerbera daisies, petunias, Sweet William and other flora. Disney’s first Anna and Elsa topiaries will appear in a scene from the Oscar-winning film’s finale. Chip and Dale will be taking a star turn in two whimsical front-entrance “Goofy About Spring” floral vignettes. Topiary Goofy and friends will be in on the fun.
A Southwest desert garden will premiere as a thriving ecosystem and ten new mini-gardens will surprise guests around every corner. Guests will discover a new “health garden,” a pepper garden, and a dinosaur-plant garden among others, each designed with a storytelling element. The Health Garden near The Land pavilion in Future World will display ancient medicinal plants including garlic, aloe, chamomile, fennel, mint and others. Plants used to develop modern prescriptions will be papaya, periwinkle, turmeric, yew, thyme and valerian. And the new Shakespeare Garden at the United Kingdom pavilion will feature roses to represent Romeo and Juliet: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Also in the garden: rosemary from Hamlet, lavender from The Winter’s Tale, plus representations featuring poppy, lily, honeysuckle and willow.

Guests can discover the story of the Monarch butterfly’s epic journey across the continent and see butterflies emerge from their chrysalises at Butterflies on the Go, which features hundreds of winged beauties fluttering above and lighting upon their favorite nectar-producing plants.

 

 

SCHEDULED EVENTS

 

Festival Center

Disney gardeners will lead weekend how-to Gardening Seminars at the Festival Center, where guests also can pick up signature festival merchandise. Several special weekend happenings will include Art in the Garden Weekend (March 27-29); Florida Fresh Weekend (April 24-26); and Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. Weekend (May 8-10). “Whether you want to have your questions pollinated during a presentation, or you’re just looking for planting pointers from gardening and horticulture specialists, you can find all this and so much more at the Festival Center—open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the event!”

Weekend 1: March 6 – 8, 2015

  • Hands-on presentations on the Greenhouse Stage: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Demonstrations on the Fresh Epcot Stage: 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM

 

Spring into Spring Weekend Presented by Joffrey’s Coffee: March 13 – 15, 2015

  • Hands-on presentations on the Greenhouse Stage: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Demonstrations on the Fresh Epcot Stage: 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM

March 16 – 17, 2015

  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the American Adventure

 

Weekend 3: March 20 – 22, 2015

  • Meet specialists from Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park
  • Hands-on presentations on the Greenhouse Stage: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Demonstrations on the Fresh Epcot Stage: 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM

 

Art in the Garden Weekend: March 27 – 29, 2015

  • From 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, see nature through the eyes of “Plein Air” artists, along with one-of-a-kind works of art in our Guest Artist booths—located all throughout World Showcase!
  • Hands-on presentations on the Greenhouse Stage: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Demonstrations on the Fresh Epcot Stage: 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM

 

Weekend 5: April 3 – 5, 2015

  • Hands-on presentations on the Greenhouse Stage: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Demonstrations on the Fresh Epcot Stage: 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM

 

Weekend 6: April 10 – 12, 2015

  • Hands-on presentations on the Greenhouse Stage: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Demonstrations on the Fresh Epcot Stage: 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM

 

Earth Day Weekend: April 17 – 22, 2015

  • Meet specialists from Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park: April 17 – 19, 2015
  • Hear about conservation efforts to protect coral reefs, sea turtles, sharks and more at The Seas with Nemo & Friends: April 22, 2015
  • See the grand reveal of a sand sculpture, based on the new Disneynature film Monkey Kingdom: April 22, 2015
  • Hands-on presentations on the Greenhouse Stage: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Demonstrations on the Fresh Epcot Stage: 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM

Florida Fresh Weekend: April 24 – 26, 2015

  • From 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, head for the Festival Center and discover why Florida is one of the top agriculture producing states in the nation!
  • Hands-on presentations on the Greenhouse Stage: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Demonstrations on the Fresh Epcot Stage: 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM

Weekend 9: May 1 – 3, 2015

  • See a stunning display of hibiscus in a wide array of colors at the Hibiscus Show
  • Hands-on presentations on the Greenhouse Stage: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Demonstrations on the Fresh Epcot Stage: 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM

 

Weekend 10: May 8 – 10, 2015

  • Hands-on presentations on the Greenhouse Stage: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Demonstrations on the Fresh Epcot Stage: 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM

 

Weekend 11: May 15 – 17, 2015

  • Hands-on presentations on the Greenhouse Stage: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Demonstrations on the Fresh Epcot Stage: 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM

 

 

Garden Rocks Concert Series March 6th through May 17th

 

Peter Noone performs at the Flower & Garden Festival 2013 ©PixieDustDaily

Peter Noone performs at the Flower & Garden Festival 2013 ©PixieDustDaily

Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and are included with Epcot admission.

  • March 6-8: Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
  • March 13-15: Pablo Cruise “Love Will Find a Way”
  • March 20-22: En Vogue “Free Your Mind”
  • March 27-29: Starship “We Built This City”
  • April 3-5: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • April 10-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • April 17-19: Jon Secada “Just Another Day”
  • April 24-26: The Guess Who “These Eyes”
  • May 1-3: Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”
  • May 8-10: Little River Band “Lady”
  • May 15-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”

 

Other Special Events and Tours

Several special weekend happenings will include Art in the Garden Weekend (March 27-29); Florida Fresh Weekend (April 24-26); and Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. Weekend (May 8-10).

 

 

F&G Festival Fun for Kids

  • Garden Passports: Pick up a Garden Passport and get stamped at stops along the way! Passports can be found at the Festival Welcome Center, at any Disney Vacation Club Information Center throughout the Park and at all Outdoor Kitchens too.
  • Tinkerbell’s Butterfly house. Featuring hundreds of winged beauties fluttering above and lighting upon their favorite nectar-producing plants.
  • Landscaped play areas.

 

 

F&G Festival Food Kiosks & Menus

 

Buttercup Cottage ©Disney

Buttercup Cottage ©Disney

 

Botanas Botanico
The new Outdoor Kitchen between France and Morocco pavilions will showcase treats like Cachapas with Farmer’s Cheese, a sweet yellow corn pancake, and Seafood Ceviche with shrimp, scallops and grouper with mango and avocado. Wash it down with the fresh non-alcoholic punch, La Tizana. Add a splash of Santa Teresa RHUM Orange Liqueur for an adult twist.

 

 

 

 Topiaries and Flowers

Belle & Beast Epcot Flower & Garden Festival ©PixieDustDaily

Belle & Beast Epcot Flower & Garden Festival ©PixieDustDaily

Nearly 100 topiaries and 70,000 plants transform Epcot into a floral showcase for this 75 day long festival. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Nearly 100 expertly crafted topiary characters, including Snow White, Bambi, Mickey Mouse, Simba and Peter Pan.
  • Chip and Dale taking a star turn in two whimsical front-entrance “Goofy About Spring” floral vignettes. Topiary Goofy and friends will be in on the fun.
  • Anna and Elsa topiary vignette at World Showcase Plaza will pop with color as Anna’s and Elsa’s icy world, illustrated with white and silver blooms of delphinium, alyssum and other floral varieties, transforms to a brilliant spring palette featuring Gerbera daisies, petunias, Sweet William and other flora.
  • Southwest garden exhibit
  • A Health Garden near The Land pavilion in Future World will display ancient medicinal plants including garlic, aloe, chamomile, fennel, mint and others. Plants used to develop modern prescriptions will be papaya, periwinkle, turmeric, yew, thyme and valerian.
  • Shakespeare Garden at the United Kingdom pavilion will feature roses to represent Romeo and Juliet: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Also in the garden: rosemary from Hamlet, lavender from The Winter’s Tale, plus representations featuring poppy, lily, honeysuckle and willow.