Friday, January 28, 2011

Sick of winter? EPCOT preps for Spring and the 2011 International Flower & Garden Show

The eagerly-anticipated annual event will take place March 2, 2011 - May 15, 2011 and it's sure to be a highlight of Orlando in the spring.

EPCOT admission is required for this event, but there is no additional ticket needed. Your regular park admission is all you need to experience a true wealth of flowers, gardens, topiaries, live music and educational gardening events. There will even be special shops featuring gardening tools, books and products so your home gardens can be as lush as the ones at EPCOT.

Most enthusiasts agree this is an event worth visiting more than once, if you can manage the schedule. Featured plants bloom throughout the festival, offering countless photo opps that are always changing, so repeat visitors can really get a lot of colorful bang for their festival buck. Here is just some of what you can expect to see:

  • Millions of blooming flowers
  • Disney-themed topiaries
  • Hundreds of colorful butterflies inside Bambi's Magnificent Butterfly Garden
  • Garden Town Programs on weekends, where professional horticulturalists will offer gardening tips
  • Demonstrations of advanced gardening techniques from around the world

There will also be music every evening, with the FLower Power concert series -- top acts from the 60s and 70s performing three times a night throughout the festival season. Dates and acts are as follows:

March 4 to 6: Jose Feliciano
March 11 to 13: The Guess Who
March 18 to 20: Chubby Checker and the Wildcats
March 25 to 27: Melissa Manchester
April 1 to 3: Starship starring Mickey Thomas
April 8 to 10: Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
April 15 to 17: Juice Newton
April 22 to 24: Ricky Nelson Remembered featuring The Nelsons
April 29 to May 1: Paul Revere & The Raiders
May 6 to 8: Davy Jones
May 13 to 15: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone


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