Photo: Jessica Clawson

This year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is bringing something new to the table with a first time sponsorship with HGTV. Besides sponsoring the entire festival, HGTV is adding some pavilions, classes, and celebrities to the festivities!

There will be a Festival Center where celebrities such as Patti Moreno, Brian Patrick, Kim Myles, and many more will give gardening tips to guests. Other additions include a larger Bambi’s Butterfly House and a twice-daily series called “Disney Gardening at Home,” where guests can create and learn about projects they can do at home.

Of course, the festival still has some classic features like the Disney character topiaries.  This year’s lineup includes Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Lotso at the front-entrance garden and topiaries featuring Lightning McQueen and Mater from the Pixar movie “Cars 2” coming out in June.

The Festival runs from March 2 through May 15, and the celebrity lineup according to the Disney press release is as follows:

Genevieve Gorder, HGTV Design Star and Dear Genevieve (March 4-6)
The Art of Sculpting Space

Lisa LaPorta, Designed to Sell (March 11-13)
Design It Yourself: Easy-to-follow Tips for Designing Your Favorite Rooms

Kim Myles, Myles of Style (March 18-20)
The 5 DIY Secrets That Can Transform Any Space

Brian Patrick Flynn, Design Happens, (March 25-27)
Mobile Gardens

Taniya Nayak, Designed to Sell and Destination Design (April 1-3)
Adding Value to Your Home Without Breaking the Bank

Ahmed Hassan, Yard Crashers (April 8-10)
Life, Love and Landscaping

Patti Moreno, Garden Girl, (April 15-17)
Gardening with Kids: Fun Seed Starting Projects

Michele Beschen, B. Original (April 22-24)
When Nature Calls: Creative, Back-to-Basics Style for All Things Natural and Decorative

John Gidding, Curb Appeal: The Block (April 29-30, May 1)
The Design Process: Curb Appeal Projects from Concept to Construction

Frank Fontana, Design on a Dime (May 6-8)
Beautiful on a Budget: High Style, Low-Cost Secrets to Bringing Indoor Styling Outside

Vern Yip, HGTV Design Star (May 13-15)
Top Design Trends Made Affordable and Accessible

Contributed by: Jessica Clawson (NDI#21) Jessica is the News and Current Events Blogger. She is also the creator of The True Disney Fan.


  1. cool, this yr will be our 1st time experiancing the flower & garden show, so will be looking forward to it.

  2. I think the partnership with HGTV is brilliant. It really spreads out the fan base of who the Festival will appeal to. I am excited to see the gardens, as always, but now the presentations are even more compelling.

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