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Ecuador’s Flowering Plants – Blooming Beauty Beyond Belief!
by Donna Dawson
by Donna Dawson


Co-Owner of along with her husband Tom.

Owner of which specializes in unique garden tours. Co-author of three garden books and a master gardener.

She is a weekly contributor to and part of the expert panel at with her specialty in gardens.

Donna has appeared on Canada AM, HGTV's Indoor Gardener and Calling All Gardeners. She and her husband were one of the few chosen to do a tv special called "the Garden Tourist" on Recreating Eden and while in China on tour, she was a special guest on China TV. She has also been a featured guest speaker at numerous Canadian gardening events including Canada Blooms and Victoria's Art in Bloom.

November 8, 2009


Come along with us as we discover Ecuador January 8-17th, 2010.
Horticultural magazines now classify the country of Ecuador as a “hidden jewel” and a “must see” due to its spectacular climatic diversity, creating wholly different growing seasons and microclimates. If one has never visited Ecuador, they have missed a true Jewel of Western South America. Within a full range of microclimates—ranging from Coastal to Desert to Mountainous to Rainforest, Ecuador offers a variety of fauna and flora unparalleled throughout many other countries of the world.

‘Ecuador - it was a wonderful tour!! We thought it was a great privilege to go behind the scenes with the three growers. They were all such fine human beings, and, apparently, are doing business the way it should be done.’ Tour Guest on 2008 Ecuador Tour  in conjunction with True Colors Travel, Cia, Ltda has entered into exclusive agreements with 3 major floral producers to include extensive tours of Flower plantations in Ecuador. This truly incredible experience offers an opportunity to learn the most modern floricultural techniques being practiced, including visits to plantations and areas where others seldom visit.

Open Doors Otherwise Closed to Tourists

It is impossible to gain access to several of the areas this tour will visit. One highlight of the tour includes a visit to one of the world's leading Rose plantations, near Quito. Experience the vast differences in rose types and the extensive range of varieties and types of colors available. Experts say that there is no better way to experience the differences than on the plantation where different sizes and colors are bred and cultivated. See roses in sizes, colors, and growth patterns never viewed previously. In Quito we also enjoy a guided visit of the Botanical Garden by the owner.

For the Orchid lover, the tour will also visit South America's largest Orchid plantation in Cuenca, and the Tropical category will be well represented at a true flower plantation—the home of Ecuador's largest producer of tropical flowers, outside of Guayaquil. While here, we will also have a guided tour through the City gardens by the Chief Garden Designer of Guayaquil.

During this spectacular tour you will stay in 4 star hotels, enjoy a variety of local meals--some at colonial Haciendas in the area--and, of course, the ever present opportunity to purchase local handicrafts and visit with the creative local artisans at work. There is so much more included in this tour, so visit  for the full day by day itinerary. Contact Donna email is Canada's largest Internet gardening resource site providing free information to gardeners of all experience levels from amateur to master gardeners. In addition to Canada,  has contributing writers from USA, Scotland, England, New Zealand and Ireland. The web site contains thousand of articles, information on gardening books, garden clubs, garden suppliers, hundreds of public gardens and thousands of pictures of famous gardens around the world. Donna Dawson, formerly of St. Albert Alberta Canada, now residing in Panama City, Panama is a co-author of three gardening books, one of which is currently in second print. Donna also writes for two international travel magazines and is a master gardener.  is their tours only site showcasing exceptional garden tours. 2010 tours to Ecuador, India, China Peony Festival, Chelsea Flower Show and Thailand/Cambodia.

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