A popular event during Feria de Las Flores in Medellín is Orquideas Flores y Artesanias, which is a huge flower display at Jardín Botanico on August 6 to 11 in 2019. Orquideas Flores y Artesanias means orchids, flowers and crafts. So, this is a major exhibition of orchids, flowers and crafts.
With this exhibition, the Colombian Orchid Society pays tribute to the tradition and cultural diversity of the local region. There is a huge exhibition of orchids and flowers in the José Jerónimo Triana Orquideorama in Jardín Botanico. In addition, there are about 180 stands with handmade arts and crafts for sale plus areas for the sale of orchids, flowers and plants.
It’s expected that over 120,000 people will visit Jardín Botanico during the Orquideas Flores y Artesanias exhibition. The last day of this exhibition at Jardín Botanico is on Sunday, August 11.
In addition, in Jardín Botanico there is food available at Restaurante In Situ, The Wagon and the Del Bosque Restaurant. But don’t expect to get into the popular In Situ restaurant without reservations. Also, there are numerous stands in Jardín Botanico selling food and drinks.
The orchid is the national flower of Colombia. Colombia has more orchid species than any other country in the world. There are over 4,000 species of orchids worldwide and over 1,500 can be found in Colombia.
Orchids of different colors, shapes and sizes are found in almost the entire country. But the greatest variety are found at altitudes between 3,280 and 9,840 feet (1,000 and 3,000 meters).
Orchids stand out among the thousands of different flowers that are found in Colombia. But roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, lilies and daisies are also very popular in Colombia. And orchids can live up to 100 years. And orchids bloom three to six months out of the year depending on the type.
The most popular export flower from Colombia is the rose, which is the most gifted flower on Valentine’s Day.
Colombia’s flower industry is important. In 2018, it was responsible for more than 140,000 rural jobs, particularly for mothers who are the sole heads of their families. And in 2017, flower exports from Colombia reached about $1.4 billion USD. Also, the flower industry in Colombia exports about 94 percent of its cargo by air, representing about 75 percent of Colombia’s exports by air.
Photos from the 2019 Orquideas Flores y Artesanias Exhibition
Here are nine more photos from the 2019 Orquideas Flores y Artesanias exhibition at Jardín Botanico:
How to Get to Jardín Botánico
Jardín Botanico is considered one of the main tourist attractions in Medellín. It is easy to get to, since it is located next to the Universidad metro station (Line A). Furthermore, any taxi driver in the city will know where Jardín Botanico is located.
The botanical gardens are located in a very popular area for tourists. In addition, you’ll find several other tourist attractions nearby including Parque Explora, Parque Norte, the Medellín planetarium and Parque de Los Deseos.
Address: Calle 73 # 51D-14, Tel: 4 444 5500
Hours: During Orquideas Flores y Artesanias, Jardín Botanico is open from 8 am to 8 pm. Normally (not during Feria de Las Flores) the hours are daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Entrance Fee: Jardín Botanico is free to enter normally but during Orquideas Flores y Artesanias the entrance fee is 18,000 pesos for adults, 15,000 pesos for students with an ID card and 5,000 pesos for children between 3 and 12 years old (two may enter for the price of one).
The Bottom Line: Orquideas Flores y Artesanias – Orchids, Flowers and Crafts at Jardín Botanico
Orquideas Flores y Artesanias is definitely worth seeing during Feria de las Flores in Medellín. This is a very popular exhibition of orchids, flowers and crafts. So, Jardín Botanico will be much busier than normal.
There are only three days left for this major flower exhibition in 2019 during Feria de Las Flores – Friday, Saturday and the last day – Sunday, August 11. We recommend going for at least a couple of hours to see all the orchids and flowers on display.
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