Located in the heart of Florida, Orange County and Orlando are internationally known for their extraordinary theme parks. From Disney to Universal to Sea World, the area attracts more than 50 million visitors a year. Although tourism has been part of the history of central Florida since the late 19th century, small rural towns built around agriculture truly characterized this region until the dramatic growth of the late 20th century.
The America in Bloom Symposium & Awards Program offers a unique opportunity to gain insight into this remarkable region and meet some extraordinary people who are making a difference in their communities. We will visit AIB City Winter Garden, “the charming little city with a juicy past.” We will have an early morning before-the-park-opens tour of Epcot’s World Showcase. We will visit Leu Gardens, one of the truly great urban botanic gardens. Thanks to a wonderful partnership with the Florida Nursery Growers & Landscape Association (FNGLA), we will experience The Landscape Show, one of the largest and most impressive horticultural trade shows in the country. With each of these experiences, we will find numerous “best ideas” for our own communities. Most importantly, we will have the opportunity to meet some exceptional speakers and community leaders.
If you have never been to Central Florida, you will want to extend your stay to visit the theme parks. However, you will not want to miss a single moment of what we have planned for you as together we “Create the Magic” with America in Bloom!
Orlando AIB Committee: Linda Adams, Robert Bowden, Billy Butterfield, Kay Cappleman, Tanja Gerhartz, Keri Leymaster, Diane Rinkes, Timothee Sallin, Katy Moss Warner, Janet Wyatt, and Mary Zahl.