March 26, 2013 (Albuquerque, NM) – ForeverLawn, the leader in artificial grass, has joined with Walt Disney World to bring the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival to life. In its seventh consecutive year as the official artificial turf provider of the festival, ForeverLawn provided and installed over 8,400 square feet of turf for the event, which is nearly double the amount the festival used last year. ForeverLawn provided synthetic grass for a number of different exhibits and play areas at the festival, including multicolored Playground Grass for the new Land of Oz Garden, inspired by the Disney movie “Oz the Great and Powerful.” The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival runs from March 6 through May 19, 2013.
ForeverLawn provided its Playground Grass safety surfacing for the Land of Oz Garden, a new, circus-like play area based on the Disney fantastical film adventure “Oz: The Great and Powerful” in theaters March 8, 2013. The interactive children’s play zone features play systems adorned with giant flowers and designed to stretch kids’ imaginations and muscles. Midway-style games, red-and-white circus-themed tents and the “Oz Movie Garden” of intriguing plants will capture the spirit of the upcoming film. Also on tap: photo opportunities and the “great and powerful Oz’s” crashed hot-air balloon. Multicolored Playground Grass was used to recreate the magical land of Oz, including yellow grass to simulate the famed yellow brick road.
While the Land of Oz Garden may be one of the most anticipated features of the festival, ForeverLawn also helped create several other festival exhibits. A “Radiator Springs” interactive play zone features topiaries depicting race car Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater of the Disney-Pixar film "Cars 2,” and “Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House” with 1,000 native butterflies and eight fairy topiaries. The HGTV area, where presentations will be made by HGTV celebrities and other designers and experts, showcases ForeverLawn’s leading landscaping turf line DuPont™ ForeverLawn® Select Synthetic Grass. DuPont™ ForeverLawn® Select HD was installed in the HGTV area due to its natural grass appearance and its ability to handle heavy foot traffic.
“We are so excited about the new features that we worked on this year, including the Land of Oz Garden and the Cars-themed playground,” said Ty Allen of ForeverLawn. “It’s always an honor to partner with Disney on this event, as well as the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival that we worked on last Fall. We are proud to be the official synthetic turf provider for these great events, and hope everyone enjoys the incredible festival that Disney has created again this year.”
Playground Grass is a remarkably realistic artificial grass product that features a multi-layered safety system beneath the grass to maximize safety. Certified safe for fall heights up to 12 feet according to ASTM 1292 test standards, Playground Grass is also ADA-accessible, which provides equal play opportunities for children of all abilities, as well as a stable, even surface for wheelchairs, braces, and strollers. The durable synthetic grass has been an ideal surfacing solution for the festival over the past seven years due to its ability to withstand incredibly heavy traffic and still look lush and beautiful.
ForeverLawn continues to make technological advances to their Playground Grass product and safety system each year. Earlier this year the company introduced an enhanced, patent-pending safety system called SafetyCel™, which incorporates DuPont™ GroundGrid™. The SafetyCel™ system exceeds the Head Impact Criteria requirements by 63% on ASTM 1292 at eight-foot critical fall heights, and is certified safe for fall heights up to 13 feet. ForeverLawn also introduced an industry-leading 8x8 safety surface warranty, which guarantees compliance with ASTM 1292 standards for eight years at eight feet. These added safety benefits provide more protection for playground users, making it the perfect choice for Disneyworld.
Last year ForeverLawn made headlines in the synthetic grass industry with its introduction of Playground Grass Ultra, the most technologically-advanced synthetic grass available for
playground applications. Playground Grass Ultra features antimicrobial protection built into the
blades, and XStatic™ antistatic technology, available only from ForeverLawn, which helps
reduce the build-up of static electricity on the playground. For children with hearing devices
such as cochlear implants, this can be the difference between playing silently, or being able to
hear and respond to playmates and other stimuli in their environment. In addition to the beauty and durability of ForeverLawn that make it an ideal surface for a busy festival, the grass products do not harbor insects and are allergen free. ForeverLawn does not require water, fertilizers, weed control chemicals, lawn care equipment, or pesticides to maintain its appearance, which makes it an attractive alternative for commercial and residential properties as well.
For more information about Playground Grass, visit playgroundgrass.com. For more information about DuPont™ ForeverLawn® Select Synthetic Grass, visit foreverlawn.com.
ForeverLawn provides innovative synthetic grass products to create better landscapes worldwide. In areas where real grass is difficult to grow or maintain—due to high traffic or poor conditions—ForeverLawn offers a realistic alternative that is beautiful, functional, and durable. In addition to its landscape lines, ForeverLawn also offers specialty products including K9Grass, SportsGrass, Playground Grass, GolfGreens, and SplashGrass.