Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Gardens (Part 2)

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The first part of this series (which you can read here) showed some of the myriad gardens found throughout Future World during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. There’s still plenty of other gardens found in World Showcase as well. Here are some sights from the exhibits scattered around near the different pavilions.

 

Shakespeare Garden

The Bard of Avon used imagery of plants throughout his plays and sonnets. Some plants mentioned in his works are featured here, along with a bust of Shakespeare himself.

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Teacup Gardens

Teas and tisanes are a favorite use for plants around the world. These oversized teacups are planted with blends that would make the perfect cup, whether served hot or iced.

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Fire Garden

Hot enough for you? This garden of peppers from around the world has some real scorchers. For example, the Carolina Reaper Pepper comes in at 2,200,000 Scoville units. (Compare that with the jalapeno, which is less than 20,000 Scoville units.)

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Extraordinary Orchids

It is almost impossible to miss this exhibit, as the orchids here are so vibrant and colorful that they really are the star of the show at the Mexico pavilion. You’ll almost always find photographers here taking pictures of these exotic beauties.

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Alpine Containers

As eye-catching as the orchids are, this small exhibit in Germany is very easy to overlook. These plants are survivors, however, adapting to extreme temperatures and savage weather conditions.

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Tuscan Cucina

You may smell this garden before you see it — and that’s not a bad thing! Filled with fragrant herbs that would be at home in an Italian kitchen, this garden is a feast for the senses.

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Bonsai

Growing bonsai is truly a labor of love. The show pieces on exhibit here are truly magnificent, with some being more than a century old!

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Japanese Mini Gardens

Another example of big things coming in small packages are the Japanese Mini Gardens. Each garden is able to tell a whole story in a very small space thanks to its amazing attention to detail.

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Urban Spice

For centuries, Morocco has been a source of spices such as saffron, mint, cinnamon, and sesame. At the Morocco pavilion, not only are some spice plants growing, but beautiful artwork has been made with some of the many exotic spices that come from Morocco.

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Florida Fresh

Although most people know that Florida grows some of the food we eat (such as oranges), Florida provides a significant amount of many different food crops to the country. The Florida Fresh exhibit shows how Florida stacks up in the production of fruits and vegetables.

 

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Photos by Julia Mascardo

Julia Mascardo

Freelance writer and editor, living the dream in Central Florida with my husband, cats, and spirited nine-year-old daughter.

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