Flower And Garden Fun Facts #EpcotFresh

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The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival started this week!  It is truly one of the prettiest times to be at Epcot. Here are some fun facts about the festival!

  • The first festival took place in 1994
  • The original sponsor was Better Homes and Gardens
  • The 2016 festival starts on March 2nd and ends on May 30th
  • It takes over a year to plan (and grow the flowers) and more than 24,000 cast member hours
  • It takes over 400 horticulturists to install/plant and over 100 horticulturists to maintain throughout the festival
  • All plants and trees are tested in advance to make sure they can survive in Florida Soil
  • Plants native to the home country pavilion are used for authenticity
  • There are more than 30 million blooms
  • There are more than 500,000 trees, shrubs, and plants used. Of those, 250,000 are annuals used in more than 250 beds throughout the park
  • The character topiaries are made up of more than 25 different plants, grasses, and mosses and 200 one-pound boxes of hairpins are used to attached the plants and flowers to the mold
  • There are more than 200 floating mini-gardens
  • The plants include 48 varieties of bedding plants, 47 types of palms, and 60 different species of trees, and more than 100 types of flowers
  • There are over 10,000 butterflies that represent 10 different native species

What is your favorite part of the festival?

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Author: Susanne

Susanne Kain was not born a Disney fan, but after marrying into a family that loves all things Disney, it didn’t take long for them to transform her into a Disney lover too! Since then, she has been to Disney over 10 times and falls in love even more with each visit. A self-proclaimed foodie, she is always looking for the next best dish that Disney has to offer! When Susanne isn’t dreaming of Disney, planning her next trip, or visiting a park, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son who also share her love of Disney.

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