I just got back from the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival; let me tell you, if you haven't been for a few years, it's time to start planning a trip. This annual extravaganza of colorful blooms has grown so much since I had last been six years ago I almost didn't know I was in the same place. It's a an explosion of natural color, fragrance, and ideas for making your world more beautiful. One of the most stunning displays that I came across this year was the Extraordinary Orchids in the Mexico Pavilion.
I'm going to try and give you an idea of this display with lots of pictures, but they just don't do it justice. When I came around the path in Mexico from Norway and I saw towers of orchids reaching up to the sky it took my breath away. The Disney horticulturists have used the existing giant palm trees as planters, and they did not skimp on the flowers. The overall effect of this display is simply stunning
The signs tucked into the beautiful display let us know that orchids may seem delicate and strange," but these extraordinary flowers are a product of their environments. While some varieties of orchid thrive in hot, tropical jungle climates, some other unique species of the plant can be found as far north as the artic. While you can see the orchids from World Showcase Promenade, take the disability ramp up into the Mexican Pyramid to see some of the more unique and natural plantings.
"Nobile" orchids are the showpiece denbrobium orchids on display that form clusters of highly fragrant flowers. Native to high mountain elevations this variety requires a cool dry resting period to bloom. Dendrobium orchids have been used in traditional medicines for years. Mexico is home to 1,200 species of orchids, and of those 250 are unique to the country.
I was really impressed with how far the detailed country gardens have come in the years since I was last at this festival. If you are a garden lover, a trip to this annual event should absolutely be on your bucket list. Not only do guests get to enjoy the beauty of the gardens, but taste the fruits of the fields, and get pro tips straight from Disney's horticulture team. If you'll be at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival this year, be sure to make a stop to see this extraordinary display.