Monday, February 9, 2015

Spirit Of Spring Topiary Takes Shape For Busch Gardens' Food & Wine Festival

As of early February, progress on Busch Gardens Tampa's largest topiary for the Food & Wine Festival is slowly becoming visible. In our latest article, we'll give you an updated look at the "Spirit Of Spring" topiary, coming to Busch Gardens Tampa's Food & Wine Festival, opening March 7th.
In recent weeks, the Bird Gardens area of the park has been experiencing quite a bit of changes. Whether it be the closing of Gwazi, or the refurbishment and replacement of the sidewalks in this area of the park, it's been quite a whirlwind of activity. As of this weekend, the construction walls have been removed from the former site of the Critter Castaways theater revealing the massive "Spirit Of Spring" topiary.


To give you a bit of background information on the Spirit Of Spring topiary:  
  • Approximately 20 feet tall, 32 feet wide, 29 feet deep.
  • Reflection pool measures 23 feet wide spanning between open arms.
  • Spirit Of Spring will feature a reflection pool, intricate lighting package, and floral accents around the structure. 

On the job site, the framework for Spirit Of Spring has taken shape, with the outline of the topiary clearly visible. The face and upper body of the topiary has taken form and has been welded together within the past few weeks.
Work on the topiary is slowly progressing every day, and the installation of the floral components is scheduled by the end of February. In addition to Spirit Of Spring and the numerous topiaries coming to Busch Gardens' Food & Wine Festival, preparations are underway for another topiary coming to the Bird Gardens area of the park, but this one in a very unique location.
As mentioned in the Spirit Of Spring blueprints, the Garden Gate Café lagoon will be transformed into the home of the Octopus topiary. Preparations are well underway with the lagoon being drained, and workers inspecting the bottom of the lagoon in preparation of installing the metal framework into the lagoon.

In the following weeks, expect to see work begin on the remaining topiaries coming to the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival. With over 10 topiaries coming to the Food & Wine Festival, be sure to keep an eye out for them as you explore the park! 
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