As the snow again falls outside my window, my mind wanders to the warmth, color and splendor of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival that begins today.
During the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, sprouts of the gardens, topiaries and plantings had surfaced, but they were still a botanical work in progress.
|With a shuttered Outdoor Kitchen in the background, Sleepy keeps guard at the Germany Pavilion.|
However, an area that was complete and perfect and a glorious capture of an early spring was the Canada Pavilion’s Victoria Gardens. Located between the exit of O’ Canada! and Le Cellier Steakhouse, this hidden sanctuary is a beautiful year-round retreat from the fast-paced movement along World Showcase.
Fashioned after Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, the flowers, plants, rose bushes and Maple trees are a homage to the National Historic Site of Canada.
The “Rocky Mountains” and waterfalls frame the floral finery.
Robert Butchart, the cement magnate whom the Gardens are named for, created giant limestone pits in the landscape due to his years of mining. Rather than leave this area stripped and barren, he filled it with soil and created a 55-acre park in Victoria. The “mine” you see in the distance is reminiscent of the Garden’s humble beginnings!
After the most bleak of winters, this burst of color was truly a breath of fresh air. No matter the season or festival, be sure to get your own floral fix at Victoria Gardens!