The year was 1993.  Bill Clinton was President of the United States.  The Porsche 993 was first produced.  The Pentium microprocessor was introduced by Intel.  And it was the first year of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.  And so began an annual event that showcases new ideas and new technologies in the field of gardening and landscape design.

We could go on to talk about the the awesome topiaries and displays that are meticulously planned and created by the Disney Imagineers.  Instead, we’re going to share images from one of our favorite events at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival—the Flower Power Concert Series, which is now called the Garden Rocks Concert Series.  Although we have images of the concerts going back to 2005, and we’ve seen online images going back to 2001, we could not find information to confirm when Epcot Flower and Garden Festival concerts actually began (does anyone in the audience know?).

As children of the 60s and the 80s (rumor has it that Kathy is the flower child, but we can’t confirm that), over the years, we’ve both reminisced and enjoyed the music of Davy Jones, Arlo Guthrie, Peter and Gordon, Gary Puckett, The Guess Who, Jose Feliciano, The Tokens, and The Orchestra (with members of ELO).  Come reminisce with us!

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Top row:  Jose Feliciano, Mik Kaminski of The Orchestra
Middle:  Arlo Guthrie
Bottom row:  Davy Jones, Gordon Waller of Peter and Gordon

(All photos from the authors’ personal collection.)

LookingforMagicLooking for Magic is Kathy @ Two Roads Photo  and Sean @ Shamrock Photo.  Kathy is a librarian, walker of many miles, and Paper Bag Princess, who dreams of having coffee with Belle at the castle and co-administering a fantasy book discussion group.  Sean is a fire fighter, pilot, and closet superhero, who would like to join the pack with Tigger to use his bouncy and fun powers to make people smile.

Kathy can be contacted at imtxag85@aol.com Sean can be contacted at spoc65@aol.com

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  1. Suzanne says:

    We love the concerts! They’ve been a great way to introduce our kids to some of the music we grew up with…we now have 2 Starship fans!!