Shakespeare nerds and English majors unite; the EPCOT International Flower & Garden festival has something for everyone! Recently I was walking through World Showcase when I stumbled upon a new garden in the United Kingdom pavilion. The garden is across from the infamous red phone booths and takes up the entire courtyard area.
Complete with a bust of Shakespeare himself, the garden is full of beautiful flowers and unique plants. Each section includes a quote from a Shakespeare play, and each quote includes a reference to specific flowers or herbs. You can then find these corresponding foliage friends surrounding the quotation.
For example, one section boasts the famous quote from Romeo and Juliet: “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Sure enough, if you let your eyes wander a little, you’ll see a beautiful pink rose close by.
Other representations include Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. These beautiful springtime flowers, coupled with the timeless magic of William Shakespeare’s words, are truly a wonderful collaboration that you any literature geek will love!
I couldn’t believe the detail in this garden, and I saw so many people stopping to read (and smell the roses). This tribute to my favorite playwright and all he brought to the literary world warmed my heart and gave me a new favorite place to wander. What an excellent addition to this year’s festival!