|Horticulture Manager Eric Darden
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
Darden says, “One of the most common responses I get is, ‘Oh the plants at Disney are so beautiful, I wish I could do that at my house.’ My response is always, ‘Well you can, just don’t get confused by the scale.’ You’re not gonna want 350-thousand bedding plants, 250 hanging baskets or 700 containers. But you’d be surprised if at your front walk you pull out some shrubs in a little area and maybe get two flats of bedding plants. If you live in a cold climate, when it’s frost free, or even before that if you’re going to use violas or pansies, put them in. And then when it gets warm, put in something else. That really can improve the look of your house.”
While my daughters and I waited in line to meet Tinkerbell at Pixie Hollow, it was easy to take for granted the natural beauty all around us. After several long minutes of waiting in line with her mother for a coveted autograph, another little girl reached out and started playing with the delicate flowers in a nearby pot. Her mother strained with some difficulty to get the girl to move forward in the line, urging the importance of the long-awaited meet and greet. Soon she and others, including my girls, were trying to pick the flowers. Since they didn’t pick too many of the tiny blooms, I hope Darden would appreciate that even the youngest visitors were teaching parents to admire his handiwork.
Back at home, time for some Disney-inspired gardening.
|Flowering Artichokes in Pixie Hollow|