Monday, January 9, 2012

Christmas gardens...Disney World style!

Firstly a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to my wonderful friends!! 
Hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating with loved ones while bringing in the New Year!! We have been on a huge family reunion vacation to Florida and New York...wonderful times!! Now, back to blogging....

Ok so this is obviously not my garden! Unless you believe, I have a castle in my yard not to mention I can topiary a Mickey out of boxus and flowers, I have a hard enough time shaping my boxus into a hedge!
But this is what I had the pleasure of enjoying this Christmas with extended family from Aus. What a treat to have a hot 80+ Christmas with blue skies and sunshine, yes Seattle I am rubbing that in a little!

While Disney is full of wonder and excitement with all things Disney, the characters, child-like fantasy and thrilling rides (which by the way I am terrified of, its Dumbo and Tea-cups for this wimp) I was totally surprised by the beautiful settings in which these enchanted worlds are set. The gardens were just amazing! Who knew that right outside of Tomorrow World there was an impressive rose garden? OK so you might of known, but that was new and exciting to me! The smell was divine and how even more amazing to see a rose bloom in December...crazy!

Magic Kingdom rose garden

If you are ever down Disney way, make sure to stop and smell the roses...hehe couldn't help that!
EPCOT has stunning grounds as well, they pride themselves on having the most impressive displays in Disney. If you ever find yourself down that way in March-May be sure to visit the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival...Amazing!!

EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

Another gorgeous botanical discovery is the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Tree, which is over one hundred years old and is decorated with thirteen hanging lamps which represent the original thirteen American colonies. I LOVE old growth trees, I think mainly because the oldest growth I have in my yard is 9yrs so over 100yrs just blows my mind! 
I have been to Disney many times before but never with the appreciation from a gardeners perspective. The attention to detail and the creativeness is awe-inspiring. Now if only I had some of that Disney magic for my own yard!


  1. Julia, we are going to be a bunch of 11 visitors to Disney later this month. That includes 5 grand children, oldest 8, youngest 3. Wish me luck. I could spend hours just sitting in some of the beautifully planted nooks and side allies along Main Street in the magic kingdom. It will be my first visit to Animal Kingdom, which I expect to be lushly planted. Glad you had a great time. George

  2. George have a wonderful time! We had a blast with a big group (22 total) was a little tricky at times but the fun and excitment won in the end =) But still...GOOD LUCK!! I forgot to mention Animal Kingdom, it was like walking through a rainforest at times, lush and green, just sure to do the safari tour its the highlight of the park, you will love it!

  3. Dear Julia, I thought I was the only person who had no interest in going to Disney World. Until you told me there were gardens there, that is! Now I want to go. P. x

  4. Hi Julia! Happy New Year! What a fun way to celebrate the holidays! Now I'm regretting my 20 something self who went to Disney World and had no appreciation of the greenery. I'd like to kick that girl in the rear ;) Next time..haha! Cheers, Jenni

  5. We went to DisneyWorld once for Christmas when our son was young, and it was so special! I'm jealous. I'd love to go back some day.

  6. Ahhhh, a glimpse of your trip! I love it and I can't wait to hear more. So glad to see you are back. xoxo

  7. I love Disney....I think I could live there.LOL

  8. I've never been, and I've never heard of that magnificent tree, either. How nice that they chose to represent the 13 colonies. I can relate, I suppose, in just a small way, to going to Six Flags. I'm always looking at the flowers and landscape - could care less about the rides!

  9. Hello Julia - Happy 2012 to you as well; I wondered where you had disappeared to!

    I love the gardens at Disney World as well; I'm glad you had a wonderful time and were able to spend time with your family.

  10. Disney World is an amazing place. We visited many years ago and need to return ... soon! Love the Mickey topiary. Glad to hear you had such a great family reunion.

  11. Aside of Disney Dining, Disney Garden is one of the reason why I love going back back to Disney again and again. Disney is indeed so incomparable.


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