Ask Chris: Mouse Flowers

The story behind the second most photographed place at Disneyland

Q: The entrance to Disneyland features a floral installation in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head. When was this arrangement first planted?

A: Since the park’s opening day in 1955, the dense flower sculpture that resembles Mickey’s face and famous ears has announced you’ve entered the Mouse House. The installation is crafted from white and purple sweet alyssum that are packed together using a technique inspired by Renaissance knot gardens. The plants are replaced eight times a year. Maybe there’s a green thumb under those white gloves.