Fresh Epcot is the title of this year's Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Not So Fresh Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Fresh Epcot is the title of this year's Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Fresh Epcot is the title of this year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

It was a perfect day. I wanted to enjoy a date with my wife while capturing what was new at this year’s Flower and Garden Festival. The tag line for this year’s festival is Fresh Epcot. So, let’s look for fresh!

The entrance was marked with Huey, Dewey and Louie. I think they are new. They are new, aren’t they? I’ve seen so many topiary, I can’t remember. Don’t mistaken me–I like the topiary. But it all seems to be one thing after a while.

The nephews join Donald at the entrance to the park. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
The nephews join Donald at the entrance to the park. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

The Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot was for the most part beautiful. It always is. But shouldn’t Epcot always be beautiful? I did see some things that stood out. There was a beautifully done aquaponics bar with plants on top and fish on the bottom. Not sure there is a market for this. Hard to replicate at home.

An aquaponics bar. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
An aquaponics bar. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Next to it was probably the nicest hen house I’ve seen. Again, not sure it would change my thinking about raising chickens.

Chicken house. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Chicken house. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

I thought this arrangement of orchids for the Donald Duck meet ‘n’ greet was really beautiful. It made my wife and I wonder, if this is what the wall between the U.S. and Mexico would look like, I think more people would embrace it.

Orchids everywhere. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Orchids everywhere. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

But beyond this, little was memorable, and certainly not “fresh”.  I thought my wife–who loves to eat healthy–would welcome grabbing the watermelon salad sold at the Urban Farm Eats. Her response was sort of, “been there done that.”

So around Epcot we went looking at all of this. It wasn’t tired looking–it just wasn’t fresh looking. I think the sum of my feelings about the festival could be totaled by my visit to Prehistoric Plants. What is Prehistoric Plants you might ask? Well that included some tropical foliage found commonly throughout Florida with little plastic dinosaurs inserted in each.

This is a closeup--not a long shot. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
This is a closeup–not a long shot. You would have missed the dinosaur in the long shot. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Really? Do they not remember that they used to do something like this for previous festivals?

This is a serious dinosaur garden--unfortunately it no longer exists. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
This is a serious dinosaur garden–unfortunately it no longer exists. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

It’s a serious problem that the festival has gone down that badly, that you would stick plastic toys in bushes. The festival could have done some topiary based on The Good Dinosaur. That would have been fresh. But cretaceous toys inserted in a native foliage is not cutting it.

I’m going to assume that the whole Walt Disney World gardening staff was so busy this year trying to figure out how to create the primeval out-of-this-world Pandora (and no, it can’t look like the Cretaceous Trail over in Dinoland) that they didn’t have much time to pay attention to this year’s event.

Did you see something fresh I did not? Please share. Because I really thought this was probably one of the weakest Flower & Garden Festivals I’ve seen. That said, my next post suggests what might make next year’s festival a lot more fresh.

4 thoughts on “Not So Fresh Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

  1. Ya its not the event it used to be. Down sized and lacking imagination. The first year, over 10 years ago, I saw great colored flowers in wonderful designs. Topiary, wonderful characters. The next year Same thing. still great, the next year I wondered if they did the same design I saw the first year and it is on a 2 year cycle. The next year there was less to see, thought it an odd year but still the flowers and topiary. Every year same thing. 3 years ago it was terrible. Started to notice signs that the displays were done by outside companies. Fair enough, maybe they always were and I didnt see the signs. BUT the displays were a quarter what they were originally. This year I decided to NOT go. I knew there was nothing special to see.

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