PHOTOS: All Global Gardens at 2024 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

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Community Garden with Donald topiary

PHOTOS: All Global Gardens at 2024 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

The 2024 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival is underway, and global gardens have arrived at EPCOT, filling the park with beautiful blooms.

Global Gardens

New for this year are the PB&J Garden presented by Smucker’s Uncrustables, China Penjing Garden, and Gnome Garden.

The Community Garden – World Discovery

Connect with the earth and each other at this celebration of a diverse and thriving communal garden plot.

The Community Garden in World Discovery. Part of this year's Global Gardens.

The Community Garden is located in World Discovery, behind Connections Eatery. The Donald Duck topiary is in this garden, which showcases how a community can come together to cultivate the land.

A sign for the Community Garden.

Perfect for growing a wide range of plants, these ingenious gardens can be found in areas as different as a blacktop parking lot or an open field.

A close-up of a tomato planter in the Community Garden.

Next to the Donald topiary is a pot labeled as growing tomatoes.

Festival Blooms – World Celebration

Admire thousands of flowers that form colorful, living panoramas.

A wide shot of the Festival Blooms at EPCOT.

The festival blooms are large flowerbeds along World Showcase lagoon. Flowers are arranged to look like a tapestry of giant florals and butterflies.

Connections Conservatory Garden – World Celebration Near Connections Eatery

Settle into this thoughtful garden full of floral inspirations for your indoor spaces.

A planter in the Connections Conservatory Garden.

These indoor flower arrangements can be found near Connections Eatery.

A close-up of flowers in the Connections Conservatory Garden.

They feature a blend of tropical plants and flowers.

A look behind a planter in the Connections Conservatory Garden.

Guests can sit inside and relax among the vegetation.

Songbird Meadow Presented by Wild Birds Unlimited – World Discovery

Songbirds are an important part of many ecosystems—including the one in your own backyard! Discover simple steps you can take at home to help these feathered friends thrive.

The sign for Songbird Meadow.

Songbird Meadow can be found in World Discovery.

A wide shot of the Songbird Meadow.

This garden highlights different birds and the plants that can act as both their food and shelter.

A sign detailing facts about the Eastern Bluebird.

One of the birds featured in the garden is the Eastern Bluebird.

A sign with information about the Northern Cardinal.

The Northern Cardinal is also highlighted with a sign detailing facts about the bird.

A sign sharing facts about the Purple Martin.

Other fun facts are sprinkled throughout the garden area.

A sign encouraging guests to grow native plants at home.

Guests are encouraged to grow native plants near their homes to help the wildlife in their area.

A sign for the Strawflower.

One of the flowers you can spot in this garden is the strawflower.

Birdhouses in Songbird Meadow.

A collection of bird feeders has been installed to attract local birds.

A sign for Saw Palmetto plants.

Here, you can see saw palmetto plants.

A sign for Cosmos.

Bright orange cosmos are also planted in the garden.

A sign about Purple Martins.

Guests can learn about Purple Martins, a bird with a rich history at EPCOT.

A sign about birdsong.

Songbirds aren’t nature’s virtuosos! Bats also have their own unique sound, which is ultrasonic and much too high for humans to hear.

A sign for Songbird Meadow.

By inviting songbirds into your garden, you can ensure their music will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Camp Get Out ‘N’ Play Garden Presented by OFF! – World Discovery

Bring the entire family to explore this camp-themed garden where little ones are invited to jump, play and climb.

Camp Get Out ‘N’ Play Garden Presented by OFF! – World Discovery

Located near Creations Shop in World Discovery, the garden of Camp Get Out ‘N’ Play! features a canoe filled with flowers.

Camp Get Out 'N' Play Garden entrance

The garden welcomes guests into an interactive playground area.

Prehistoric Garden – World Discovery Near Mission: SPACE

Imagine life on Earth 65 million years ago with astounding plant life that’s thrived since the age of the dinosaurs.

A sign explaining prehistoric plants.

At Prehistoric Garden, guests can experience plants that were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth. It can be found near Mission: SPACE in World Discovery.

A medium shot of the Norfolk Island Pine.

This collection includes the Norfolk Island Pine. Throughout the garden, you can also spot metal dinosaurs. Before the festival’s start, tiny plastic dinosaurs roamed the planters, but were promptly removed.

A planter containing the Crocodile Fern and Eyelash Fern.

Here, we have the Crocodile Fern and Eyelash Fern.

A planter containing Sundew and Spike Moss.

Next up is the Sundew and Spike Moss.

A planter containing a cluster of Venus Fly Trap.

A group of Venus Fly Traps are at the front of one planter.

A larger planter containing King Sago and Rabbit Foot Fern.

King Sago and Rabbit Foot Fern are planted among the dinosaurs.

Floating Gardens – World Nature

Peer upon more than 170 petite plots drifting on the ponds that border the bridge to World Showcase.

A wide shot of floating gardens at EPCOT.

The floating plants can be found in all of the bodies of water around the bridge to World Showcase.

Another wide shot of floating plants in EPCOT.

Together with the Festival Blooms, they add a great deal of color to EPCOT.

Bold Bromeliads – World Nature in The Land Pavilion

Observe a variety of unique and colorful plants that can adapt to a wide range of climates and conditions.

The sign for The Land Pavilion.

Look out for this garden right behind The Land Pavilion sign in World Nature.

The sign for the Bold Bromeliads garden.

Bromeliads can be found in an astounding variety of locations from dry, rocky hillsides to tall trees in the rainforest.

A large plant in the Bold Bromeliads garden.

The tropical plants stand tall.

A close-up of a purple bromeliad.

Bromeliads grow in several bright colors, like purple and red.

Butterfly Landing Presented by AdventHealth – World Nature Near Imagination!

View a kaleidoscope of butterflies up close, in all their extraordinary color. Learn about butterfly lifecycles and maybe even see one emerge from its chrysalis. Closes at dusk.

The entrance to Butterfly Landing.

Guests enter into an enclosed, tent-like structure to experience Butterfly Landing, located near the Imagination! Pavilion in World Nature.

A wide shot of the inside of Butterfly Landing.

Butterflies of all types can be found inside.

A butterfly in Butterfly Landing.

Guests are asked not to touch the butterflies they find.

Another butterfly resting on a plant in Butterfly Landing.

The winged insects fly freely in the enclosed space.

A sign for Blanket Flower.

Plants that attract butterflies, like the Blanket Flower, can be found inside.

A sign detailing how Disney is breeding Atala Butterflies.

Walt Disney World is breeding Atala butterflies, once believed to be extinct in Florida, and releasing them to their native habitat.

A display on how to plant your own butterfly habitat.

Guests are advised on how to plant their own butterfly habitat through diagrams inside the exhibit.

A collection of caterpillars in their chrysalises.

One display shows caterpillars that have grown their chrysalises, waiting to emerge as butterflies.

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board – Rosewalk Near Imagination!

Learn about honeybees’ critical role in the environment, and delight in sweet and savory treats made possible by their hard work.

The sign for the Honey Bee-stro Garden.

Found at the Rosewalk near the Imagination! Pavilion, in The Honey Bee-stro Garden, guests can develop a deeper understanding of our relationship with bees.

A height chart to measure "Bees By the Numbers."

Here, you can compare your height with various amounts of bees.

Bee trivia on an interactive sign.

Guests can test their bee knowledge with lift-the-flap quizzes on this display.

A flower-themed photo op.

This photo opportunity allows guests to become flowers themselves.

Tables in the Honey Bee-stro Garden.

There are tables for guests to enjoy their festival foods within the garden.

A sign for the Canna flower, part of Spike's Pollen-Nation Exploration.

The Canna flower is part of Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration.

Blossoms of Fragrance Presented by Scentsy – World Showcase Bridge

Follow your nose and form lasting memories with the help of fresh, unforgettable fragrances.

Blossoms of Fragrance Scentsy garden

On World Showcase Bridge, you’ll find a collection of flowers known for their scents in Blossoms of Fragrance.

A sign for Hibiscus Sunset in Blossoms of Fragrance.

The signs are scented with opportunities to smell fragrances created with the planted flowers.

A pink butterfly topiary surrounded by potted plants.

Three butterfly topiaries can be found here, as well.

PB&J Garden presented by Smucker’s Uncrustables – World Showcase Bridge

Follow your nose and form lasting memories with the help of fresh, unforgettable fragrances.

PB&J Garden Presented by Smucker's Uncrustables

Also on the World Showcase Bridge is the PB&J Garden, new for this year’s festival.

A sign for "Strawberry's Secret."

There are fun facts related to the flavors of Smucker’s Uncrustables, who sponsor the garden.

Uncrustables sandwich at PB&J Garden

On Saturdays and Sundays, beginning at noon, Cast Members at the garden hand out free peanut butter and grape jelly Smucker’s Uncrustables sandwiches. The sandwiches are available until they run out.

Tropical Rainforest and Extraordinary Orchids – World Showcase – Mexico Pavilion

Uncover the rich biodiversity of the Mexican rainforest and learn about its highly adaptive species.

The sign for the Tropical Rainforest Garden.

Outside of the Mexico Pavilion, guests can learn all about the tropical rainforest.

Another display sign for the garden.

Warm, wet regions around the equator are optimal for plant growth.

A sign explaining the Forest Floor in the garden.

The garden breaks down the different layers of the rainforest, starting with the forest floor.

Another sign next to orchids, explaining the Understory Layer.

Next is the understory layer, which is home to orchids and bromeliads.

Potted orchids on display.

This area is filled with colorful orchids.

A sign explaining the canopy layer.

The canopy area is considered the roof of the rainforest.

A look above at the garden's "canopy layer."

Guests can look up for a taste of the canopy layer.

The garden next to the Mexico pavilion.

The garden is right next to the main building of the pavilion.

Desert Garden – World Showcase – Mexico Pavilion

Discover the special adaptations that allow plants in arid climates to adjust to the harshest of growing conditions.

The sign and displays for the Desert Garden.

Also at the Mexico Pavilion is the Desert Garden, which focuses on the succulents and cacti that grow in the driest of areas.

Cacti in the Desert Garden.

The garden is made up of plants that can survive in those desert climates.

Succulents and Spike the Bee in the Desert Garden.

Another one of Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration plants can be found here.

Bamboo Garden – World Showcase – China Pavilion

Visit this garden to see bamboo in a variety of colors, patterns and sizes.

The Bamboo Garden in the China Pavilion.

At the China Pavilion, you can find a small Bamboo Garden.

China Penjing Garden – World Showcase – China Pavilion

Discover ancient Chinese art that recreates miniature landscapes.

China Penjing Garden

New to the festival this year is the China Pavilion’s China Penjing Garden.

Portulacaria afra penjing

Each of the plants displayed is its own miniature landscape.

Gnome Garden – World Showcase – Germany Pavilion

Discover topiary versions of magical garden gnomes, originating from German folk tales.

Gnome Garden

Also new to Flower & Garden this year is the Gnome Garden in the Germany Pavilion.

Gnome topiaries

Each one of the three gnomes wears a hat covered in different greenery.

Miniature Garden – World Showcase – Germany Pavilion

Appreciate the little things in this showcase of diminutive dwellings nestled in a forest of fine shrubs.

The sign and display for the Miniature Garden in the Germany Pavilion.

The Germany Pavilion is also home to the Miniature Garden, which is inspired by the nearby Garden Railway.

A medium shot of the Miniature Garden.

Miniature cottages on display are made of all sorts of items found in nature.

A close-up of a hut in the Miniature Garden.

This one utilizes pinecones and small twigs.

Another cottage in the Miniature Garden.

On this cottage, you can spot acorns and pebbles.

Another cottage in the Miniature Garden.

Here, pieces of wood and twigs have been used for assembly.

Garden Italiano – World Showcase – Italy Pavilion

From fresh spaghetti sauce to pizza toppings, this Tuscan kitchen garden features all the produce and herbs needed to create a classic Italian feast.

The sign for Garden Italiano.

In the Italy Pavilion, Garden Italiano is filled with herbs used in Italian cuisine.

The herbs growing in Garden Italiano.

The herbs are not labeled, but it is noted that it’s a Tuscan garden.

Bonsai Collection – World Showcase – Japan Pavilion

Learn about the art of bonsai, some of the finest living sculptures. Bonsai masters carefully shape and tend these miniature works of art, creating peace and balance with the earth.

The Bonsai Collection in the Japan Pavilion.

The Bonsai Collection can be found in the Japan Pavilion.

The sign for the Bonsai Collection.

In the ancient Japanese art of bonsai, trees and shrubs are cultivated with exquisite care to create miniature likenesses of much larger trees.

The Pithcellobuim tortum on display.

This is a 22-year-old Pithecellobuim tortum.

The Plinia caulifora on display.

A 60-year-old Plinia caulifora is also on display.

Another bonsai on display.

More bonsai can be found deeper in the pavilion.

More bonsai outside of Shiki-Sai.

There is another bonsai garden outside of Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya.

Kokedema Garden – World Showcase – Japan Pavilion

Admire fresh expressions of an ancient Japanese art at this tranquil garden.

The sign for the Kokedama Garden.

Kokedama Garden shares the art of kokedama, or ornamental plants made using string and moss, and no planter.

A look at the display inside the Japan Pavilion.

The flowers in this area are shades of pink and blue.

A sign explaining how to create kokedama.

Guests can learn to make their own kokedama, which translates to “moss ball.”

A hidden Mickey and Minnie in the garden.

Guests can keep an eye out for a hidden Mickey and Minnie within the kokedama.

Shishi Odoshi – World Showcase – Japan Pavilion

Contemplate the methodical movement and soothing rhythm of this traditional Japanese bamboo water fountain.

A sign for the Shishi-odoshi garden.

The third garden in Japan is Shishi-odoshi, which translates to “scare deer.”

A wide shot of the Shishi-odoshi garden.

The water fountains were originally made to scare off any wildlife attempting to graze in the gardens.

Bamboo tubes in the garden.

The tubes are made of bamboo that slowly fill with water. When there’s enough water for the tubes to tip, they’ll make a thumping sound, alarming any nearby animals.

Wind chimes in the garden.

This garden also has bamboo wind chimes.

Spice Garden – World Showcase – Morocco Pavilion

Discover how Eastern cultures flourished, trading signature spices and herb blends once considered more valuable than gold.

A wide shot of the Spice Garden in the Morocco Pavilion.

The Morocco Pavilion’s Spice Garden is a collection of different spices.

A planter full of parsley.

Parsley is growing in one planter.

A planter of ginger.

Another planter grows ginger.

Bouquet Garden – World Showcase – France Pavilion

See bountiful blooms perfect for a bouquet of cut flowers.

The sign for the Bouquet Garden.

France’s Bouquet Garden celebrates the flowers used to make decorative arrangements.

An area of planted Fern Leaf Lavender.

There is a wide array of flowers you could put in a bouquet, like Fern Leaf Lavender.

A section of Gerbera Daisy.

The colorful garden continues with Gerbera Daisies.

More flowers and plants in the France Pavilion.

There are rows of different flowers to be found in the pavilion.

English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings – World Showcase – United Kingdom Pavilion

Unearth the history and art of tea-blending at this elegant English tea garden—featuring plants used in some of Twinings’ finest blends.

The sign for the English Tea Garden.

Over at the United Kingdom Pavilion, the English Tea Garden gives guests a look at the plants that go into making their favorite tea flavors.

A display for Lady Grey Flavored Black Tea.

Each plant is in a teacup-shaped planter, complete with its own “tea bag.” This display is for Lady Grey Flavoured Black Tea.

A display for Peach & Orange tea.

This teacup holds Peach & Orange.

A sign detailing the steps of tea production.

Guests can learn about how tea leaves are produced.

Shakespeare Garden – World Showcase – United Kingdom Pavilion

Explore the works of Shakespeare in this idyllic garden featuring excerpts from some of the bard’s most famous sonnets—and the dazzling flowers that influenced them.

The sign for the Shakespeare Garden.

Also in the United Kingdom Pavilion is the Shakespeare Garden, which honors the works of William Shakespeare, and the plants that inspired him.

A wide shot of the Shakespeare Garden.

A bust of Shakespeare sits at the center of the garden, which can be found next to the pavilion’s recently renovated restrooms.

A sign for Hamlet with significant flower meanings.

“Hamlet” includes quite a few flowers with significant meanings.

A sign with a quote from "Hamlet."

This passage from “Hamlet” mentions rosemary.

A planter of rosemary.

A potted rosemary can be found nearby.

Another sign with a passage from "Hamlet."

This passage from “Hamlet” mentions a willow.

A weeping willow in the garden.

A weeping willow stands nearby.

A sign mentioning the connection between roses and "Romeo and Juliet."

Perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous use of flowers comes in “Romeo and Juliet,” with the mention of the rose.

A sign with the famous rose quote from "Romeo and Juliet."

The “What’s in a name?” passage from “Romeo and Juliet” is quoted on this sign in the garden.

Topiary Heritage Garden – World Showcase – United Kingdom Pavilion

Marvel at the intricate and varied techniques employed by the Walt Disney World Horticulture team to create the festival’s fantastically shaped topiaries.

A sign for the Topiary Heritage Garden.

The Topiary Heritage Garden highlights three styles of topiary: Free-form, standard, and shrub.

A sign explaining the history of topiaries at Disney Parks.

Topiaries have a long history in the Disney Parks, thanks to Walt Disney’s vision. Landscape architect Bill Evans’ quotes are found throughout this area, to give guests a deeper understanding of the art form.

A wide shot of the Mickey Mouse topiary.

A shrub topiary of Mickey Mouse stands at the center of the garden.

A sign explaining what is a shrub topiary.

A single shrub topiary can take up to ten years to produce.

A wide shot of the Elephant topiary.

There is an elephant topiary as an example of the shrub style.

A medium shot of a standard topiary tree.

This tree is an example of a standard topiary style.

A sign with a quote from Bill Evans.

“It’s not only necessary to find new plants; you have to preserve the older ones. If they’re not written up, they’re not grown.”

Bill Evans
Another topiary tree.

Another sculpted tree can be found in the pavilion.

Another sign with a quote from Bill Evans.

“A building doesn’t yield to the breeze. I can see the life in the trees by the way they move.”

Bill Evans

Which of the Global Gardens is your favorite from this year’s festival? Let us know in the comments below.

Check out all of the topiaries on display for the 2024 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, which runs now through May 27, 2024.

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