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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Gardens in Guatemala

comments (8) January 22nd, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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Chichi steps
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Hotel on Lake Atitlan
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Government building bougainvillea
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Bougainvillea
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Fountain Don Rodrigo
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Muchas colores
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Red canna
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Riot of Color in January
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Yellow canna and bougainvillea
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Saint in salvia
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Chichi steps
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Chichi steps

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Photo: Courtesy of Cheryl Weeks-Rosten

The last time we heard from Cheryl Weeks-Rosten, she shared Dahlia Hill in Midland, Michigan with us (refresh your memory HERE.) Today she's shring another treat--photos she's taken of garden color during her visits to Guatemala. Cheryl says, "I work with Mayan teachers in the highlands of Guatemala several times a year, and as a gardener, I now associate certain plants with this Central American country that's just below Mexico.  It's advertised as the "land of eternal Spring" so the plants that thrive in 70 degree weather are common, although it's colder in the mountains. The indigenous people are focused on raising corn and coffee, but in the major cities, astounding color can be found in inner courtyard gardens of private homes and hotels.  Leatherleaf, bougainvillea, acanthus, and both canna and calla lilies grow in abundance and are sold by the armfuls to decorate homes and churches. One such market is on the steps of the cathedral in Chichicastenango. In the old days, such plants were the source of dyes for the beautiful hand woven textilles still worn by the women." Gorgeous, Cheryl! Thanks so much for taking the time to share this with us!

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Comments (8)

reggie2013 writes: what a beuitiful place to live heres a good link at rarechilliseeds.com Posted: 3:41 pm on January 24th
pattyspencer writes: Wow - that bougainvillea is to die for! Beautiful!! Posted: 11:26 pm on January 22nd
cwheat000 writes: So beautiful, so full of life , so full of color, wow! Posted: 11:18 pm on January 22nd
passwords writes: What a riot of color. Just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing. Posted: 2:25 pm on January 22nd
Wife_Mother_Gardener writes: The palm with the bougainvillea is something! Thanks for sharing. Posted: 11:40 am on January 22nd
NevadaSue writes: Cheryl, thank you so much for sharing your travels with us. What a fun flower market, I always love wandering through them and enjoying the lushness of color and beauty. The bougainvilleas are wonderful as are the other beautiful gardens. Working with the mayan teachers sounds like a really interesting and fun thing to do. I bet they really appreciate you coming. Posted: 11:31 am on January 22nd
tractor1 writes: Amazingly it's January, the dead of winter in Guatamala, plants only get bigger and better during the rest of the year. Posted: 9:16 am on January 22nd
meander1 writes: For all of us who have visions of flower filled glory when we plant a clematis to scamper up through a tree...OMG, that photo of the bougainvillea spilling out from the top of the palm type tree is beyond amazing! I am humbled and inspired by it and the lush bountiful beauty of how things grow in Guatamala. Posted: 8:27 am on January 22nd
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