The park may have been closed for a year, but the horticulture team was as busy as ever.

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More than 3,000 species of plants indigenous to 40 nations grow at the Disneyland Resort, making it one of the most extensive and diverse botanical locales in the western United States.

The over 70,000 flowering plants and 3,000 shrubs and perennials at Disneyland—that’s not even counting the hotel gardens, or Disney’s California Adventure—don’t care about pandemics or quarantines. Even though Covid-19 safety measures shut down the park for a whopping 412 days, the massive “Horticulture and Resort Enhancement Team” was hard at work consistently caring for the garden, waiting not-so-patiently for the guests to return and enjoy the result of their efforts. Now that the park is open again, here’s what you need to know.

Disneyland garden

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At the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, the landscape is part of the detail that tells the story of each land in the parks.

While plant life may take a backseat to the main attractions, there’s no denying that the garden is a thing to behold. Throughout Tomorrowland, vegetables and herbs are used to create colorful landscapes and may hold a few inspired edible gardening ideas, if you look closely. And regular park-goers might notice something new around the pathway to the Haunted Mansion.

In the pet cemetery, Walt Disney Imagineers worked with the Horticulture team to reinforce the story-telling with plants. Each creature “buried” there has its own collection of themed flora. Magical toad lilies now surround the marker for a frog named Old Flybait. Society Garlic is a purple flowered plant that looks pretty but smells, well, a little stinky. It was planted in remembrance of a skunk named Stripey. Its tombstone reads “Your presence will always linger on.”

Haunted Mansion gardens Disneyland

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The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, has been updated with a few elements in and around the estate. Outside, freshly landscaped details, including lily pads and society garlic, now adorn the site for dearly departed pets, representing their stories from beyond the grave.
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Can’t get enough of that garden? Die-hard Disney Fanatics can recreate a little of that magic at home by planting the official Disneyland rosebush, a compact bush that also works in containers and producers vibrant and fragrant apricot and pink blooms.

Disneyland Rose

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The copper, apricot, and bright pink blooms of the Disneyland Rose are stunning, and it’s a sturdy little bush that will fit nicely in borders or containers.