Sunday, October 14, 2007

Daily Figment 83 - Epcot Center History Canada

Looking at the Canada Pavilion, there are two specific Canadian icons that were borrowed by the Imagineers for the area: Chateau Laurier and Butchart Gardens.

The Canada Pavilion

The Canada Pavilion

Chateau Laurier

Butchart Gardens

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.

--P. 33, Gardens of the Walt Disney World Resort
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