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?