If you are looking for something interesting to do the weekend of April 5 – 7, 2013, consider a visit to Epcot, Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The International Flower and Garden Festival is in full force and this particular weekend is the annual “Art in the Gardens” event. Sixteen invited artists from the southeast will be painting in the gardens of four pavilions: Italy, Canada, England and France, demonstrating “plein air painting”, talking with families, encouraging children, answering questions about painting and trying to capture on canvas the explosion of beautiful color so lovingly and artistically planted everywhere in the park. This will be the tenth year I will be taking part in the Festival.
New to the International Flower and Garden Festival this year are the inclusion of specialty food kiosks around the park. There is always a great selection of musical presentations at different times of the day as well. The plantings are always spectacular and the marvelously created topiaries are guaranteed to bring bright smiles!
If you get to Epcot and would like to say hello, look for me painting in the gardens of the Canada pavilion from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (with the exception of lunch, of course) Friday through Sunday. Have an enjoyable weekend!
~Mary Jane Volkmann