My mentors are:

Morgan "Bill" Evans,
Paul Comstock,
Dr. "Doc" Bruce Hamilton,
Mike Lin,
Jerre Kirk and
Bill Tyson.


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Morgan "Bill" Evans, FASLA
Bill was a Disney Legend and ASLA Medal winner.

Dana with Natalie and Bill Evans during her first visit to Disneyland.
DISNEY LEGEND
Bill Evans (Imagineering)
Inducted 1992


In 1952, third-generation horticulturist Bill Evans was called to landscape the grounds of Walt Disney's Holmby Hills home, including the gardens that surrounded his backyard railroad, the Carolwood Pacific. Little did he know at the time, however, Walt had another "little" task percolating in the back of his mind and in 1954, he asked Bill and his brother, Jack, "How about you fellows landscaping Disneyland for me?"

Within a year, Bill helped transform 80 acres of Anaheim orange groves into lush theme park attractions, including the Jungle Cruise. With its canopy of bamboo, ficus, and palms, which tower 70 feet over head, the 2-acre man-made jungle was described by Bill as "the best darn jungle this side of Costa Rica."

Indeed, Bill is known, not only for using unusual plants, but for using plants in unusual ways. As Disney Imagineer Terry Palmer illustrated, "In the Jungle Cruise, there's a group of orange trees that most people would never recognize because Bill planted them upside down. He decided the gnarled roots of the orange trees looked like suitably exotic jungle branches."

Born June 30, 1910, in Santa Monica, California, Bill's first botanical classroom was his father's three-acre garden, which was filled with exotic plants, including 150 varieties of hibiscus, collected by his father. In 1928, Bill joined the Merchant Marine and while he traveled the world aboard the S.S. President Harrison, he gathered exotic seeds for his father's garden from distant lands including the West Indies, South Africa, and Australia.

Upon return from duty, Bill studied at Pasadena City College, followed by Stanford, where he majored in geology. His education was cut short, however, by the Great Depression and in 1931, he helped transform his father's garden into a nursery business - Evans and Reeves Landscaping. Their inventory of rare and exotic plants soon caught the attention of Hollywood's elite. Among their celebrity clientele were Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor, and ultimately, Walt Disney.

After Disneyland opened in July 1955, Bill stayed on as a consultant, drawing landscape plans, installing materials and supervising maintenance of the Park. Later, he was named director of landscape architecture, working on Disneyland additions and the master plan for Walt Disney World and EPCOT Center.

In 1975, Bill retired from Disney, but was summoned back to consult on the landscape design of Tokyo Disneyland. He has also consulted on the schematic designs of The Polynesian Resort, Discovery Island, Typhoon Lagoon, Disney-MGM Studios, among other elements of the Florida theme park. He was also key in selecting plants for Disneyland Paris and Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.


PRESS RELEASE
November 11, 2002

ASLA MEDAL AWARDED TO THE LATE
DISNEY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT MORGAN "BILL" EVANS, FASLA


The ASLA Medal, the American Society of Landscape Architect's top honor, recognizing outstanding lifetime achievement in the profession of landscape architecture, was awarded to the late Morgan "Bill" Evans, FASLA. At the ASLA annual meeting in San Jose, Disney colleague Joe Parinella, ASLA, accepted the medal on behalf of the Evans family.

From 1955 until he died earlier this year, Evans was a leader in the design and installation of Disneyland, Disney World, and other Disney theme parks around the world.

After Walt Disney hired Evans and his brother Jack to transform an orange grove into Disneyland, Bill Evans went on to lead Disney's landscape architecture team. As the Magic Kingdom spread over the world, so did the design work, plant knowledge, and technical expertise of Bill Evans. Today, his methods of plant propagation, plant relocation, and recycling are widely used everywhere. Truly an "Imagineer," he is responsible for creating the fantastic environments millions visit each year.

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association representing 13,500 members nationwide. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship.
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