Here’s Your Chance to Go to Ecuador

Posted by on October 28, 2007 in Cut Flowers | 3 comments

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If you’re in the flower industry and have never been to Latin America, or if you’re a flower lover who is quite certain that you will be sick and tired of cold, grey weather by February, listen up.    There’s a tour of Ecuador’s flower industry coming up in February, and it’s worth checking out.

I found Ecuador to be heartbreakingly beautiful.   Really, there is something about this country that will just touch you profoundly.  It is elegant and mysterious and enthralling.

When I was there in 2004, I was surprised to see that Ecuador has no tourism industry built up around its flower farms.  Holland has its legendary bulb fields, its flower auctions that are open to the public, and its floating flower market in the heart of Amersterdam.  But Ecuador has none of that.  The flower farms are off to themselves outside of Quito.  In some ways, I love it that this country is still authentically itself and not hyped up for the tourists.  But if you have an interest in flowers, it would be difficult to find them on your own in Ecuador.    So a tour like this one is helpful.

Remember, this is the country that produces baseball-sized roses on six foot long stems.  What’s not to like?  Ah–Ecuador. I wish I was going back myself.  But please, check it out.  I would love to see this sort of thing take off.

3 Comments

  1. Wow that sounds great–really. But we will be saving for our Sicily trip in March. I wish I could travel more.

  2. Oh I wish I could go BACK. I’ve been there twice, thanks to an exchange student who lived with us in 1993-94. I visited her in her home in Quito in late ’94, then again in 2003 when she got married.
    It IS a beautiful country with wonderful people. And though I wasn’t the gardening geek in 2003 that I am now, I still was in awe of the flowers there. And I didn’t even visit the flower farms.
    I will be back, probably when Karina has her first baby. And you can be sure I’ll visit the flower farms then!

  3. Well, Amy, I have been tempted once again. Our exchange student daughter e-mailed me after I sent her a link to this post and she says:
    “Just to make you think even more on coming to Ecuador, we have a couple of friends that own huge flower farms. You wouldn’t need a tour. We can take you on one for free. You would love it.”
    Ah, yes, I’m KNOW I would love it. I’d love it more if I had the money to go . . .