More than half a million flowers have been used to recreate one of Ecuador’s most important archaeological sites.
Using a total of 546,364 roses grown in the mountains of the Pedro Moncayo canton, the region’s government has set a new record for the Largest flower arrangement/structure (number of items) in the town of Tabacundo.
More than 1,500 volunteers of all ages built the beautiful 1,100 m2 building, which is a replica of one of the Cochasquí pyramids, an important natural and archaeological monument in northern Ecuador.
Ecuador’s roses have a strong presence in the international flower market, and the Pedro Moncayo government had to exceed the minimum of 500,000 flowers to achieve the record.
The flowers came from 150 floricultures distributed throughout the Ecuadorian Sierra and the bouquets were brought to a collection centre in trucks.
To keep the stems hydrated, a drip irrigation system was installed, while the roses used in the construction of the pyramid were later used to make fertilizer.