The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom! From now until May 15, Guests will stroll throughout Epcot and be dazzled with bright blooms, Disney Character topiaries, live music from the Flower Power Concert Series, and learn gardening tricks and tips from HGTV personalities and Disney Horticulture Specialists. The annual event also highlights talented artists showcasing nature and wildlife-themed artwork.
Collaborative efforts continue as Disney Theme Park Merchandise and talented artisans create unique and enchanting artwork exclusively for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. The 18th year of the festival marks the second time that Disney Theme Park Merchandise has partnered with artist Rachel Tribble.
I had the opportunity to talk with Rachel to learn more about her artistic style, inspiration and what goes into creating art for Walt Disney World. “The artwork for the festival is a collaborative effort between Disney and me,” said Rachel. “We consider flowers that will be highlighted at the festival and also flowers and colors we just love. Exploring and researching the beautiful flowers that grow all over the world and their different colors and forms is exciting to me!”
Working with Rachel again to create artwork was an easy choice. Her bright colors and stylized interpretation are a perfect fit along with her previous festival experience offering unique insight to what our Guests enjoy most.
“I have been lucky to spend time at the festivals talking to Disney guests and I get to know what they love most about the gardens in Epcot. I use the same color combinations I have seen in the festival gardens in my paints,” said Rachel. “I try to reflect the feel of the festival, so that when people are home they will look at the art and remember the beauty of the gardens they saw in the park.”
Be sure to look for Rachel’s artwork on a number of items that can be found in locations around World Showcase and the Garden Gifts Festival Center in the Wonders of Life Pavilion. Selections include light weight t-shirts that are perfect for spring, vibrant tote bags & hats, magnets, key chains, and so much more. And don’t forget to pick up a poster or petite print of Rachel’s design to have a bit of the festival to brighten up your home.
Are you interested in seeing more of the art that Rachel has to offer at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival? Then be sure to stop by and visit her every Saturday and Sunday during the festival at Garden Retreat where Rachel will showcase her art and talk to Guests about her inspirations to create each piece of masterful artwork. In case you aren’t able to make it out to this year’s Flower & Garden Festival, you can find Rachel’s artwork online at DisneyParks.com/Store in the upcoming weeks.