Epcot's International
Flower & Garden Festival

Great American Gardeners Dig up Tips for Guests
at 14th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

HDTV's Paul James Opens Series April 5-8

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- One of the country's most popular gardening gurus, HDTV's Paul James, is back with the inside scoop on home gardening during the 14th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort. James, also known as "The Gardener Guy," kicks off the Great American Gardener series, appearing twice daily at the Garden Odyssey Festival Center in Future World.

The Great American Gardener series, which continues each Friday-Sunday through June 3, is presented in partnership with the American Horticultural Society. Some of the most respected gardeners and nature experts in the country reveal tips and share entertaining stories during the presentations open to all Epcot guests at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Scheduled to appear:

Paul James (April 5-8) -- Host of HGTV's "Gardening By the Yard," James draws on his vast horticulture knowledge to answer gardening questions and provide helpful insights into America's top hobby.

Patricia Lanza (April 13-15) -- Known for her book Lasagna Gardening, Lanza shows guests how to grow gardens like pros using simple methods to improve poor Florida soils.

Clyde Butcher (April 20-22) -- Renowned wilderness photographer Clyde Butcher explores the natural environment through stunning black and white images and offers outdoor photography tips.

Tom Turpin (April 27-29) -- Award-winning professor of entomology at Purdue University and founder of the "Bug Bowl" spreads the buzz on the benefits of insects.

Tom MacCubbin (May 4-6) -- Central Florida gardening personality, author of The Edible Landscape and co-author with Georgia Tasker of Florida Gardener's Guide (2nd edition), MacCubbin talks about edible landscapes.

Raymond Western (May 11-13) -- A Guerlain perfume specialist, Western takes guests on a tour of the world of fragrance and the intimate relationship between plants and perfume, such as those displayed at the Fragrance Garden located at the France pavilion.

Robert Bowden (May 18-20) -- Gardening expert and director of the lush Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Bowden gives the scoop on plants with unusual textures, habits and colors and tells how to grow an interesting and fun garden.

Gary Alan (May 25-27) -- A landscape designer, as well as TV and radio personality, Gary Alan presents unique ideas and methods to help you create your own magical landscape.

Georgia Tasker (June 1-3) - Feature writer for The Miami Herald and author of Wild Things -- The Return of Native Plants and Florida Gardeners Guide, Tasker will offer tips for growing orchids.