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Orchid Center Ecuagenera

Listed under Gardens in Cuenca, Ecuador.

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During the walk through the plantation we were amazed at the variety and sizes of orchid flowers – from the smallest to the largest orchids - some so tiny and fragile you have to observe them with a loupe. You can see a small yellow orchid being held – that is a Dracula orchid and if you look closely you can see the little monkey face. There are more there…You wonder why orchids might cost a lot? Each crossing takes about 5 years and to see the flower add another 3 years to that. He even let us into an area that had his very special orchids..what a treat that was! We were all in orchid overdrive here…Ecuagenera was launched 50 years ago with the arrival of Father Angel Andreetta. As a result of his work in 1968, it was possible for Ecuador to participate for the first time in a world exposition of orchids in Columbia. Wanting his work to continue, Andreetta found help from a young man who demonstrated a real love for nature, Mario Portilla, who would become his main ally for many years.

I also thought it was great that they have school for children. They have 150 students taking courses in computers, accounting and tourism.

More about Donna's trip to Ecuador on icangarden.

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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