- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Disney Editions (June 6, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786855525
- ISBN-13: 978-0786855520
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secrets of Disney's Glorious Gardens Hardcover – March 16, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
After a brief introduction about the history of the parks, the book goes on to cover specific topics such as building an entry arbor; selecting the right plants for your region; planting a productive potting garden; and getting the right colour/border mixture. From there, a great section entitled 'Setting the Mood' examine the ways in which you can re-create the 'feel' of a Haunted Mansion through to Tomorrowland by choosing the right plants and arranging them. The 'International Flora' section concentrates largely on the World Showcase at the Walt Disney Resort in Florida, while the final section, enticingly titled 'Trade Secrets', examines how they make those topiary animals and floral portraits, such as the one at the Main Entrance of Disneyland. Maybe one day your garden will look as good as Disney's - of course, I'd be nice to have the land and money they have too.
Probably for serious Disney Park enthusiasts only, and those that have an eye for gardening. To be honest, I just enjoy looking at the pictures.
Also, the pictures were beautiful, but I wished that the plants in the photos and the locations had been identified. It devotes four pages to the Haunted Mansion gardens, but then doesn't identify the variety of the Haunted Mansion's prolific red roses.
Many of the photos were taken at the 2005 Epcot flower show and I enjoyed reliving the experience through the photos.
If you go to WDW and are amazed at the gardens and have no idea how they do it, then this book would be useful. If,however, you have a good basic idea about how the gardens are created and maintained, then you will not discover many secrets with this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful pictures of wonderful landscaping. Chock full of glorious color and the setting, of course.Published 11 months ago by C. Clopton
This book is really interesting. I have always wondered how the Disney parks are able to make you feel like you are in a magical land with so much of that scene being created by... Read morePublished 14 months ago by ALISA L MCCLOSKY
Always wanted to know more about the lovely gardens in D-World. This tells it all. What I'd really like is to follow the gardeners around before the place opens, but this is the... Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by K. Crowe
Has great photos, text & tips. Photos & narrative provide insights into Disney landscaping approach & technique. Even has recipe for their planting mixture.Published on April 8, 2013 by Atlanta Bob
Awsome book it came in handy gave awesome advice to help me with a start to make a Disney topiary I can't wait to star making one !!!!!!Published on April 28, 2012 by ajally20
Best Pictures I have seen so far, behind the scenes and more! Worth the money!!!Published on May 24, 2010 by Aaron Sisko