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How Colombia bloomed into a US flower power

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Valentine's Day industrial complex, complete with mandatory red roses and bouquets of flowers, owes a debt to the sweeping savannahs around Bogotá.

Fifty years ago, Colombia shipped its first batch of fresh-cut flowers to Miami ($20,000 worth of carnations by some accounts) and jump-started a billion-dollar industry.

Source: Tribune News Service