We spent two sessions speaking about Florida Hikes for Botanical Beauty, explaining the best places to hike statewide to see wildflowers, big trees, and unique habitats. Both sessions were standing-room only.
Wearing audio equipment and flanked by big-screen televisions showing off our slide show, it felt a bit like being on television.
Not knowing what the response would be to Florida hiking at Walt Disney World, we brought a daypack and backpack with us along with hiking information, and sat at a table before, after, and between our sessions. From 10 AM to 4 PM, we hardly had a moment to ourselves. We had to take turns to leave the table.
We were missing the floral show outdoors, since we were in the Festival building all day. But Mom managed to tour the grounds and shoot a few photos under blue skies for us while we worked.
The next day, Mom and I took a ramble through the gardens before the rains came. I’ve always found the International Flower & Garden Festival the most delightful time to visit Epcot, as the grounds and pavilions, with their country-based themes, have always interested me more than the rides.
Our last surprise from our visit was seeing the maidenhair fern that was given out to everyone who sat at a table at our talk. It had our names on it! We wouldn’t have known if Mom hadn’t gotten one.
The International Flower & Garden Festival ends May 18, with educational sessions held daily throughout the park. Learn more on their website.