Epcot's International
Flower & Garden Festival

Fun Facts Flourish
Across Landscape of
14th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- A topiary pirate ship starring Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tinker Bell adds new floral finesse to the 14th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival April 5-June 3 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Among this year's fun festival facts:

30 million blooms dress the park throughout the festival, which runs 60 colorful days.

As part of this year's pirates and princesses theme, an elaborate pirate ship topiary will feature Peter Pan and his nemesis, Captain Hook, plus Tinker Bell -- all as intricately designed topiaries. Other topiary whimsy includes: Pirate Mickey Mouse and Princess Minnie Mouse, a towering Pirate Goofy, Cinderella and Prince Charming and Belle and her Beast from "Beauty and the Beast."

More than 70 topiaries, including the sweetheart topiary grouping of Cinderella and Prince Charming and Belle and her Beast, are installed across park grounds for the festival. The enduring couples are displayed on a "Lovers Lane" from behind Spaceship Earth to World Showcase Plaza.

The largest character topiary at this year's festival is Pirate Goofy, which towers 14 feet above guests.

More than 500 native butterflies representing up to 10 species reside in Minnie's Magnificent Butterfly Garden, a gazebo-type enclosure filled with lush plants and measuring more than 40 feet in diameter. Guests can stroll through the screened habitat to view the colorful butterflies. Among the garden's two dozen nectar plants are Cape Royal plumbago, passion flower, coral honeysuckle, blazing star, butterfly bush, scarlet milkweed and canna lily.

300,000 bedding plants are installed for the festival.

Three butterfly topiaries are on display. Doc, Grumpy and Sleepy of the seven dwarfs appear at the Germany showcase with intricate topiary detail that includes beards of palm fiber. Perfume bottle topiaries represent Guerlain perfumes in the Fragrance Garden at the France pavilion.

At least 25 different plants, grasses and mosses of various colors, including pink and red begonias, dusty miller, palm fiber, palm seeds, ficus and lichen, are used to create and define features of the festival topiaries. More color has been added to the topiaries than in any previous topiary presentation.

More than 15 floral, herbal and spice ingredients of eight popular perfumes are revealed in the Fragrance Garden presented by Guerlain at the France pavilion. Guests can sniff the enduring fragrance Shalimar to discover botanical notes that include lemon, Arabian jasmine and vanilla. Components of seven other Guerlain fragrances include mimosa, magnolia, rose, nutmeg and vetivergrass. This year, Guerlain added the fragrance Insolence to the garden.
Nearly 40 varieties of trees, plants and flowers are featured in this year's The Art of Outdoor Living garden, a pan-tropical fusion presented by Dupont Garden Systems near the Morocco pavilion that combines the ambiance of exotic Bali with an elegant West Palm Beach mood to create an upscale outdoor living area along with an innovative kids play zone.

Forty-five "flower towers" of impatiens line Innoventions Plaza.

100 floating mini-gardens of multi-hued impatiens, each three feet in diameter, provide splashes of color on two lakes that border the walkway between Future World and World Showcase.

750 container gardens of flowers, herbs, plants and vegetables in clay pots, barrels and urns enhance the landscape throughout Epcot.

300 horticulturists from the Walt Disney World nursery are needed to install the festival landscape, topiaries and many exhibits; 100 Epcot horticulturists maintain topiaries and other festival displays.

It takes one full year to prepare for the annual festival.

The festival's Flower Power is bolstered by thrice-daily appearances of musical hit makers of the 1960s and '70s including The Guess Who, Davy Jones, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone and Petula Clark.