Travel and Beaches
Disney World Blossoms With Gardening Advice, Concerts
Walt Disney World will present its 16th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival from March 18-May 31. Epcot guests will explore gardening exhibits and activities including: • The Great American Gardening Series - Gardening celebrities and authors from across the country will reveal their gardening secrets including "Ground Breakers" host Joe Washington and Shirley Bovshow of "Garden Police." • Flower Power Concerts Performers include Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Davy Jones, Chubby Checker & The Wildcats, Tony Orlando, Jose Feliciano, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone and others.• Green Garden- Guests discover how anyone can create an environmentally friendly garden as they learn about low-water-use gardens, with native plants. • Minnie's Magnificent Butterfly Garden - Hundreds of butterflies flit inside a walk-through screened enclosure that includes an exhibit showing how caterpillars form a chrysalis and emerge as butterflies. • Disney Gardening at Home Presentations - Disney horticulturists will share gardening tips and lead guests in a hands-on, take-home activity every Friday-Sunday. Children can learn how to grow a pizza garden during "Kids Gardening-It's More Than Mud Pies" April 24-26. • Epcot Gardens of the World Tour - For an in-depth exploration of Epcot's many different gardens, this tour is scheduled Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for the festival's duration. Guests get the inside scoop on World Showcase gardens that re-create landscapes from around the world, as well as tips for adding some landscape magic to their own gardens. For guests 16 and up, $59 plus Epcot admission. More information about the 16th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is available by calling 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639) or at disneyworld.com/flower.
Reporter Ted Jackovics can be reached at (813) 259-7817.