Disney in a Minute: What are Topiaries?

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We’re here with a series of quick posts, “Disney in a Minute,” bite-sized nuggets of information that can better help you understand a Disney term or planning topic. Enjoy!

Topiary is the art of clipping trees or plants into odd or ornamental shapes. Topiary is certainly not unique to Walt Disney World, but they’re enough of a fixture at the parks and resorts that many guests associate topiary with Disney. My own most vivid memory of my first trip to Disney World as a child is of seeing character topiaries for the first time. Ten-year-old me could barely process that plants could be sculpted.

You can find topiaries at Disney World year-round, but their peak use is at the annual Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot. This year’s festivities begin on March 3. If you’re interested in seeing a variety of topiaries, that’s a great time to visit. The plants change every year, so even if you’ve been in the past, you’re likely to encounter something new with each Festival.

Here’s a tour of some we’ve seen over the years. Let us know if you have a favorite.

Remy topiary at Epcot’s France pavilion
Mickey-shaped plant sculpture in the Living with the Land attraction
Mickey topiary at Disney’s Contemporary resort
Mickey topiary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Mickey topiary at Wilderness Lodge
Phineas and Ferb topiaries at Epcot
Winnie the Pooh topiary at Epcot
Rabbit and Tigger topiaries at Epcot
Mary Poppins topiary at Epcot
Goofy topiary at Epcot

Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel at DisneyWorldMoms.com, a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater. Erin can be reached on Twitter @MsErinFoster.

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