Disney, Leu Gardens and Central Park Rose Garden
Orlando, Florida has a host of gardens that are open year round for everyone to enjoy. Annually, Disney celebrates their Flower and Garden Festival. Here’s a travel guide on where to go to enjoy Orlando’s spring colors.
Disney’s Flower and Garden Festival
Orlando, Florida is considered one of the best vacation spots to visit year round. However, during the spring, Orlando also hosts the most amazing annual Flower and Garden Festival at Disney’s Epcot. Each year Disney prepares to bring the colors of spring to life all in one park.
Disney’s topiary characters delight the senses of young and old alike. The entire park is decorated with living topiaries of over 75 characters. Although there are beautiful arrangements of colorful blossoms throughout the park, the best place to see the majority of the spring colors is right down the center of the park and into the World Showcase. Admission to the Flower and Garden Festival is included with park admission to Epcot.
HGTV Celebrity Presentations
Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival is appropriately presented by Home and Garden television (HGTV). Designers from HGTV shows like Genevieve Gorder and Vern Yip provide entertaining as well as educational tips for the home gardener.
Epcot Food and Music
The best place to eat at Epcot, in order to enjoy the sights and sounds of the spring colors would be to buy take out from any of the many restaurants in World Showcase and enjoying the Flower Power Concert Series on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Restaurant Fine Dining and Aromatic Flowers
If you’re looking for a sit down restaurant and still want to be able to see the flowers blooming outside you will need to go to the France Pavilion. The French cuisine of Les Chefs de France is highlighted with the perfume of the nearby flowers while preparing your palette to an enjoyable dining experience.
Best Hotels to Enjoy Spring Colors
There are tons of hotels in the Orlando area and none are more beautiful and elegant than Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The Grand Floridian’s landscaping during the spring come alive while you enjoy the view from your room, the pool, or on the jogging trail with the Seven Seas Lagoon as your backdrop.
Central Park Rose Garden
251 Park Avenue South
Winter Park, FL 32789
Hours of operation: this is a city park and has no set visiting hours
Winter Park is considered to be part of the Greater Orlando area. Central Park Rose Garden is located in the middle of downtown Winter Park. At the south end of the park is a Rose lover’s delight, a garden filled with roses and perfect for an afternoon stroll and a great location for a garden wedding. Admission is free, however there are event fees.
1920 North Forest Ave.
Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Leu Gardens has a butterfly garden, formal rose garden, tropical stream garden, vegetable and herb garden, Camellia collection and more on paved walkways for you to enjoy the colors of spring. There are tours at the Leu House Museum or self guided tours on the 50 acres of southern styled gardens. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $2.00 for children grades K-12 and children under five are free. Leu Gardens also offers free admission the first Monday of every month.