Where is your rose from?

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Roses rule on Valentine’s Day. Acknowledged as the universal symbol of love, they account for 75 percent of the arrangements sold in local flower shops throughout February.

If you’re wondering where your Valentine’s rose is from, chances are the answer is Colombia. More than 500,000,000 Colombian flowers have been shipped to countries around the world to meet the February 14 deadline – including over five million roses into the UK. That’s enough flowers to go round the world at least eight times!

Thanks to the near perfect growing conditions in the Sabana de Bogotá, just outside the capital city, Colombia has become known for its high quality roses, carnations et al. What’s more when you purchase Colombian flowers, you are helping provide safe and financially rewarding work for more than 200,000 workers in Colombia who work directly or indirectly for the country’s second biggest export business.

Augusto Solano, president of Asocolflores, the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters, explains: “In 2011 over USD 5 million was spent by the Colombian flower industry on local social programmes that directly benefitted more than 90,000 workers and their families. Be it low-cost housing, schools, university programmes or medical services, the money spent on flowers throughout the world is directly fed back to the people who grow and look after them.”

The message? If you’re shopping for roses, choose a Colombian one. You’ll be giving a gift not only to your loved one but to the 200,000 workers who grow the beautiful buds. Now that’s what we call, spreading the love….

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