Topiary is the horticulture practice of training plants by clipping foliage to develop and maintain clearly defined shapes.
Why is that the chosen topic for this post………….
Yes, that’s right. It is that time of the year when the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a major part of the Epcot park. Opening March 4, 2020 through June 1, 2020 there are topiaries and vignettes all around the park.
Coming into the park, you are greeted with these ‘larger than life’ flower topiarities.
Bambi & friends is one of the first grouped topiaries that can be found.
These topiaries of our most famous mice are part of a selected group that are ‘larger than the norm’. At 14+feet tall, Goofy joins them. Notice their props? That’s right, lots of construction is going on and Mickey & the gang are helping out.
What is the orange flower tower seen in the background……………….
Yep, that’s right, it is a construction cone. 🙂
Close by Pluto is seen with a measuring tape, making sure everything has the right measurement.
He shares a garden with the chipmunks and they’re gathering nails. BTW – do you know how to tell the difference between Chip and Dale? (answer at the bottom)
Not too far away Donald & Daisy are getting their gardens ready.
Along with Donald’s nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie.
Huey – usually wears a red shirt, which is the brightest hue of the three.
Dewey – wears blue, the color of water, dew.
Louie – wears green, the color of leaves.
Figment is an original character from the opening of Epcot. He’s featured in the pavilion for ‘Journey into Imagination’ and has a prime spot right in front.
While this is not all-inclusive, here are some of my favorites that surround the lake. Lady & the Tramp live in the Italian gardens.
This is a newer version of a mythical dragon, landing in Japan. Previous renditions have been in China.
Jesse and Woody are featured in one of the kid’s gardens.
I saw this ‘plastic’ thing in a tree near the Toy Story topiaries.
Oh yeah, got it. The game ‘barrel of monkeys’ was in the Toy Story movie and made an appearance in the garden – cute detail.
I’ll close with this year’s newest topirary……………….Remy from Ratatouille, a Disney-Pixar animated film released 2007. The new ride opens sometime this year. Seems like every year there’s (at least) one new topiary. Remy stars this year with his debut.
More to come – highlighting one of my favorite parts of the Flower & Garden Festival!
Chip or Dale……………………Chip is the one with the brown nose, a ‘chocolate’ chip.