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The Magic Floral Carpet of Epcot

Whenever we visit the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, we leave with a collection of photographs and an extensive and detailed list of landscaping ideas.  From topiaries to container gardening and themed gardens to kid-friendly playgrounds, the Festival is a sign that spring has arrived.

The annual Epcot Flower & Garden Festival is alive with color, and nowhere is that more apparent than the annual floral carpet that bridges Future World with World Showcase.   Floral carpets, or carpet bedding, were a popular style of landscaping that flowered in the mid-1800s.  They were predominant in public parks and the homes of the wealthy, and were a symbol of the opulence that was the Victorian era.  Floral carpets fell out of trend in the twentieth century, but they’re making a comeback in landscape design, with new varieties of hardy and colorful bedding plants.

In celebration of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, and it’s grand floral carpet, Looking for Magic presents a look at this magical display of color throughout the years.

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Top row, left to right: 2007 and 2009
Bottom row, left to right: 2011 and 2014

(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