01 April 2010

Life and art in miniature

Life and art in miniature
Tony Caggiano

Every year I do my best to schedule a trip down to Walt Disney World sometime in the spring so that I can be sure to catch a glimpse of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. As a homeowner, I am an avid gardener and, while I enjoy the manicured grounds and gardens of Walt Disney World every trip, the festival always seems to bring that little something extra for those with a green thumb to enjoy.

As I wandered through World Showcase during the opening weekend of the festival this year, I was stopped in my tracks by one particular display. Along World Showcase Lagoon, actually over the water, in the Japan pavilion, I discover the most beautiful display of Japanese Bonsai. Always a fan of this art form, I found myself completely enamored with this year’s display.

When I returned home from my trip, I spent several hours looking up information on bonsai, hoping to learn more about these amazing little creations. More than giving a lesson on bonsai, I wanted to show some photos of these trees here so that others could admire this beauty in miniature. These particular trees were on loan from members of The Bonsai Societies of Florida.For me, spending some time, contemplating their beauty and admiring the effort and ingenuity that goes into their creation, was a welcomed respite from a hectic day of attraction hopping at the parks.

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