We flew to Walt Disney World in Florida to spend some time at the International Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT. Charley loves Disney World. It brings out the kid in him (as if he needed any motivation). And I love flowers and gardens.
We took photos of all the topiaries. I got some great ideas for my box woods that have survived the last few winters in New England. It’s been said that I’m a lethal pruner so, now I just need to get some control and develop the creative ability to subtly sculpt (and know when to stop).
All around the park were small theme gardens: Butterfly & Purple Martin Habitats; spicy, hot Moroccan Seasonings; Tuscan Herbs; Prehistoric Plants; English Tea Gardens; Plants for Health & Healing ; Bonsai; Orchids, Alpine Containers and many more.There was so much to learn and we went from site to site soaking up all of the information presented.
Disney offers some special Behind the Scenes Tours and we’ve been on a few. Charley’s favorite is the Christmas one. These tend to take a few hours and reservations need to be made in advance. Charley arranged for us to take an hour tour at The Land to explore the varieties of hydroponic methods used in their greenhouses. Hydroponic means growing plants using water instead of soil. Nutrients are added into the water to create growing solutions. Some of those nutrients come from tilapia waste products. They raise the tilapia (a local fish) in tanks in one of their greenhouses. The 60 different types of plants grown in the greenhouses provide food for their restaurants, and landscape plants for their gardens, promoting the idea of sustainability.
It’s Sunday and we’re back in Rhode Island. The cats are still sulking and trying to make us feel guilty about abandoning them. Yesterday, I put out the hummingbird feeders (with extra sugar) for the early birds. It snowed again last night. In April, the snow melts quickly, so, at least we won’t be shoveling. Still, maybe we should have extended our vacation for another week?
You can Download the My Disney Experience Ap or visit MyDisneyExperience.com for more information. The EPCOT International Flower and Garden Show runs until May 30, 2016. on weekends there is a concert series and you can also attend garden presentations and meet with horticultural and outdoor specialists.