Abundance fills a special-event edible spread at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Flower and Garden Show and inspires gardeners to take photos, take notes and dream big while dining at Urban Farms, one of the delectable outdoor kitchens at the 2015 event.
Gardeners see things differently at Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, and that affects the way they walk.
Don’t get stuck behind a gaggle of gardeners if you’d rather zip through with a “Sure, lovely. Been there, done that” attitude.
Gather Garden Ideas
I wasn’t the only one creating a traffic jam in the Fresh Epcot Urban Farm Eats outdoor kitchen, but that’s where I noticed the lingering pace of people filing away ideas for home, oblivious to folks behind them.
Good place to write down tips if you have a notebook-at-Disney habit. Most gardeners photographed the designs that delighted them and getting it just right took time too. I sent the image of a vertical herb garden, pyramid-shaped and taller than I to my carpenter son in the hopes it would be ready when I got home.
Bees Flourish in Fresh Epcot Gardens
Busy beehives with copper roofs in Epcot’s Urban Farm Eats created a sense of longing for me, so I gazed awhile, remembering the past when hives flourished in my South Georgia yard.
Tough to find a pollinator at work in my own edible landscape. This lush set of Fresh Epcot gardens created only for the two-month festival didn’t teach me how to undo colony collapse — but created hope that honey is being made somewhere.
Crops to encourage pollinators in this festival display are orange citrus, saw palmetto, and tupelo sylvatica, which was a new word to me.
Tupelo I know because the honey from those flowers is safe for people with diabetes.
Nonchalant gardeners made their beeline at the Urban Farm Eats outdoor kitchen for kale salad with dried cherries, almonds and goat cheese.
Because I pick kale daily this time of year in my own gardens, I ordered the quinoa veggie concoction served on naan bread. An arugula pesto distinguished this picnic too and I splurged on a glass of $2 water brimming with chopped cucumbers and a bit of lemon.
Straw Serves Different Purposes
Bales of straw serve as teaching tools here, planted with desirable foods and flowers. I pull weeds from my straw bales at home, awaiting the time to separate their tightly-packed strands and mulch my in-the-ground crops.
Aquaponics bubble and gurgle across from the Fresh Epcot cooking kitchen, demonstrating the art of growing without soil — water only, and fish providing nutrients through the water in which they swim.
Tilapia from some other pond is offered as an entrée, dusted with ghost pepper, a side of melon slaw. Wines and fruit cider can also be ordered.
If a similar garden is featured in the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, study the rain barrel and raised beds to figure out how to recreate them at home. Flip charts on weather-friendly stands provide simple facts, the kind that make you believe you could!
Have your travels taken you to Door County, Wisconsin, where goats munch lunch with tasty greens on a roof? The rooftop garden in Epcot cooled the chicken coop.
Since Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival is set in the middle of the world showcase every year, connect the dots of your travel to sights like these.
And look at some other ways visitors considered the 2015 version of this spring event as you contemplate a trip yourself.
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