Antioquia, Land of Flowers

Photo: Jaiver Nieto Álvarez / Archivo EL TIEMPO

The Antioquia region, where Medellin is located, is the second largest flower-growing area in Colombia. It is a region full of folklore, tradition, and a vibrant energy, but also an incredibly fertile land with perfect conditions for growing a variety of beautiful flowers.

The western towns on the department of Antioquia, like Rionegro, La Ceja and Marinilla, to mention a few, are home to several flower farms that grow mainly Daisies and other Pompons, Chrysantemums, Hydrangeas and different types of Asters among other crops.

At an altitude averaging between 2100 and 2200 meters above sea level and temperatures ranging between 19 and 29 degrees Celsius (66 and 85 Fahrenheit) year-round, the Western highlands in Antioquia have excellent climate conditions to grow beautiful flowers. Since the Antioquia region is located very close to the equator, our the area receives 12 hours of consistent sunlight year-round, making for stronger, brighter, prettier flowers.

Because of the fertility of the area, and the abundance of flowers and natural beauty, flowers have been a fundamental part of the culture in the region for many years.  “La Feria de las Flores”, or the flower fair, was started in Medellin in 1957, to commemorate and remember the values of the region through beautiful floral creations. In the first parade of the Silleteros, 40 farmers participated, exhibiting their flowers on chairs which they carried on their backs from Santa Elena to Medellin.

The festival has grown throughout the years, and in recent years there have been more than 500 Silleteros in the parade. Designs have become more and more elaborate, with artists rendering landscapes, religious and patriotic symbols among others, made entirely from local flowers, and drawing spectators from all over the world.

We are incredibly proud to contribute to the continual growth of the flower-producing region and the local workers, and to celebrate the folklore and vibrant energy of the region through exporting its most beautiful flowers.

Photo by Gabriel Porras on Unsplash

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