LOOK! A GARDEN CALLED LITTLE AMSTERDAM IN THE CEBU CITY HIGHLANDS
EVERY SATURDAY and Sunday, one to two thousand people line up and pay R100 each to be able to enter what they call Sirao Garden Little Amsterdam up in the hills of Cebu City. The same number also visit the place during holidays. During ordinary days, 300 to 500 flower-loving enthusiasts troop to the place, according to Merlyn Maque, general manager.ZAC B. SARIANWhat do people find in Little Amsterdam? Millions of a wide variety of flowering plants growing on 1.2 hectares of sloping terrain that are spectacular with their colorful blooms. More than 20 varieties have found their home in Brgy. Sirao, but it all started with just one – the colorful Celosia with dark red and yellow flowers previously sourced from Holland.
It all started in 2010 when the caretaker of Elena Sy-Chua, a flight attendant, decided to plant Celosia on 5,000 square meters with the purpose of selling the flowers in Cebu City and other places during the observance of All Saints and All Souls Day. The idea could be a good income-generating project if all the flowers could be sold by the end of October and the first two days of November.
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