The Gardens of the Canada Showcase at Epcot Center offer a variety of floral expressions. Patterned after the famous Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Disney’s Victoria Gardens try to capture the many moods to be found in that unique garden. A former quarry ravaged by years of mining, Butchart Gardens represents ]enny Butchart’s efforts to reclaim and beautify the destruction resulting from her husband’s thriving enterprise. Like the garden which provided its inspiration, the Victoria Gardens are home to a broad variety of plants.
The man-made Canadian mountain which looms in the distance lends a bit of rugged majesty to the well-groomed landscape it rises above. Evergreens carefully selected for their size and texture contribute to the illusion of grandness. Larger and coarser textured plants at the base give way to smaller, fine textured plants near the summit. Patches of “wildflowers” and natural groupings of trees and shrubs specially selected to look like species of the northern climes soften the gentle rush of a stream.
Flowers in bright pure sweeps of color command the center of attention while stately cedars, maples, and birches are content to form a distant wall of subtle greenery. Everywhere one looks there is interplay between the flowers and their land¬scape, a harmony achieved through an abundant variety of plant materials, textures and shadings of hue.