Thursday, June 23, 2011

Miami: I've got flowers on my mind!!!

When you think of Miami, what comes to mind?  Sexy people, fabulous beaches and miles of luscious landscaping full of palm trees, right?  Well, you  may need to add flowers to your list.

Blue orchids from Silver Vase Flowers showcased at the International Floriculture Show

Fresh-cut flowers are the top perishable commodity at Miami International airport and play a very important role in the local economy.  The Miami fresh-cut flower industry employs around 7,000 people and supply roughly about 86 percent of the approximately 4.5 billion fresh-cut flowers imported into United States every year.  On a daily basis, approximately 40,000 boxes of fresh-cut flowers arrive at Miami International Airport primarily from Ecuador and Colombia to be distributed nationwide by specialized transportation companies such as C.H. Robinson Floral Solutions.

Lavender roses called "Ocean Song" from Passion Growers
Miami is also home of the biggest floral show in the country - The International Floriculture Expo.  It was held last week at the Miami Beach Convention Center.  This show is unique by being the only of its kind bringing people from every sector of the floriculture industry together to network, learn and do business.

I leave you with some pictures of the show.  Don’t forget to pick up a bunch of fresh cut flowers the next time you stop by your local grocery store to help our local economy.

1 comment:

  1. I took the picture of the blue orchids at home in Denver back in 2010... this is not showcased in Miami