Do You Believe in Magic?!
GrowIt! Co-founder Seth Reed recently had the opportunity to go to Disney World with his family. The plants caught his eye for sure. This is what he had to say:
I’m going to take a wild guess that you’ve probably visited Disney at least once in your lifetime. If you haven’t had the opportunity yet, you have to put it on your list. If you have kids, wait till they are about 5, and then take them and their faces will light up in ways you could never have imagined! A few weeks ago I took my family including our 4 year old daughter, and we had a blast.
I’m from the Midwest, and the months of November through February just suck. The weather is cold, the trees have no leaves, and generally speaking the landscape is kind of dismal – unless you’re one of those people that see 3 feet of snow as a winter wonderland. Disney World on the other hand is in Orlando, Florida. I should have known better, I guess you could say I was expecting warmer temperatures, but the same grey landscapes. Boy was I wrong! I was pleasantly surprised how green and colorful it was for November. Below I want to share with you a few ways that Disney makes plants magical…
- Poinsettias in the landscape – I wasn’t expecting this to be a landscape plant, but it worked fantastically and provided Christmas color everywhere. Much better than how we use it in the Midwest. Poinsettias in large plots look way better than the lonely individual poinsettias we’re used to.
- Amazing Green Topiarys – ok sometimes having just green creations is a bit boring, but when they are shaped as Disney characters, it brings an area to life! Too Cool!
- Hanging Baskets – Even with limited options they tend do find something creative to show off.
- Green is everywhere – everywhere I looked there were trees and plants to help set the mood, and transform the setting into the magical world that they want you to experience.
Perhaps Disney is already aware that plants make people calmer, or that plants provide better oxygen, or that the plant life provides a cooler temperature in the region, or that the shade extends the life of the concrete that it encompasses. Whatever the reason, it appears that plant life is an integral part of the Disney experience, and that is all part of the magical plan.
I would love to hear comments about your own trips and the plants you saw.
-Seth Reed, Co-founder of GrowIt!