Spring has Sprung at the 2014 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival!

So, the Groundhog saw his shadow and thanks to him we’re stuck with MORE WINTER! Take heart, my friends, because there is a sure sign that spring is on the way… and indeed, has already arrived. The 2014 Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT has begun!

2014 Flower and Garden Spring is in the Air Topiary (2)
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
The things we’ve always loved about the Flower & Garden Festival have returned – especially the beautiful topiaries featuring beloved Disney characters. Here are a few old friends:

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary (6)
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary (1)
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiary (8)
And here is a glimpse of one of this year’s newest additions: Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy!

Flower and Garden Festival Muppets Topiary (3)
The topiaries can be found all over the park and enjoyed during a leisurely stroll around World Showcase and Future World. For those interested in delving deeper into topics of nature, there are plenty of opportunities for that as well. New this year is the Gardener’s Palette, which brings color theories in the world of gardening to life in a vivid display.

Epcot Flower and Garden Gardeners Palette
And there’s an entire garden dedicated to Hummingbirds and their preferred habitats.

Flower and Garden Festival Hummingbirds
One of my personal favorite displays every year is the amazing Bonsai trees in the Japan Pavilion. This tree is 50 years old… and isn’t even the oldest of the bunch.

Flower and Garden Festival Bonsai Tree
That barely scratches the surface, and we haven’t even mentioned the presentations from some of Home and Garden TV’s biggest stars and other gardening experts!

Flower and Garden Festival Passport
Let’s say you’re like me and have a brown thumb :). Even if exploring gardening topics isn’t you’re thing, there’s still plenty of fun in store for you. The “Flower Power” Concert Series , featuring musicians from the 60s (Lovin’ Spoonful), 70s (The Village People), and 80s (Alan Parsons Live Project – NEW this year!). And the list goes on…

Flower and Garden Festival Flower Power Concert Series (3)
Perhaps you’re a fan the Food & Wine Festival that happens at EPCOT each fall. You may need to plan a spring trip one of the days to experience the Food Booths unique to Flower & Garden. Now called “Outdoor Kitchens,” 11 different stands carry oodles of treats from sweet to savory, and fun to complex.

Flower and Garden Outdoor Kitchens (2)
Outside many of the kitchens, you can find live plants displaying certain ingredients used in the dishes.

Flower and Garden Outdoor Kitchens (3)
And there’s always shopping to do!

Epcot Flower and Garden Merchandise
With so much going on, how can you be sure you don’t miss anything? Be sure to pick up the special park map — made just for the Festival – AND grab a Garden Passport!

Flower & Garden Festival Passport (2)
These handy checklists give you an at-a-glance view of what you’ve seen, and what you’d still like to visit.

Flower and Garden Festival Passport (1)
The Flower & Garden Festival runs from March 5 to May 18, 2014. So join in the fun at the ultimate celebration of Spring!

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