Roses from Ecuador Help Earthquake Victims

Your Order of Fresh Long Stem Ecuador roses can help victims of Ecuador’s earthquake.

After the earthquake in Ecuador, we created a special program for Mother’s Day that donated all our proceeds from Ecuador rose sales to the Red Cross in Ecuador.   Mother’s Day rose sales created $700 in donations that we would normally have received.   In addition, many buyers added a $10 or $20 donation amounting to an additional $210 or a total of  $910 was donated to the Red Cross.  There was also an additional $120 donated to another organization at a donor’s request.  As you can see below, that money will go a long way.

Now we have a more specific program available through our friend and attorney, Floridalva Zambrano.  We have worked with Flori for more than ten years and have found her to be a wonderful, trustworthy, caring person,

Flori has worked with the Country Assistance Strategy (CAS for 20 years) and they have a way that contributions can be made in in a very specific way, so donors can monitor and have the opportunity to evaluate and even get in contact with the people they are helping.  The target population to be assisted are in Portoviejo, Manta, Bahía, San Vicente, Canoa, Pedernales, San Isidro, El Carmen.  These are amoung the areas hardest hit by the earthquake.  Floridalva’s church has congregations in all of these locations and can coordinate things through the leaders, pastors and congregation members in those areas.  She  strongly encourages donors to channel their help through the Alliance Metropolitan Temple, which administration is subject to a national organization audit.

There are two ways to help.  The first is to order Ecuador roses.  Our flower provider will make a donation of $20 for each order to the the Alliance Metropolitan Temple and inform Floridalva.

The second way is to contact Floridalva Zambrano direct at FLORIFLORI58@YAHOO.ES

You can see more details about the Ecuador Relief Program by clicking here.

Here is how to order the roses.


These fresh roses will be delivered to your doorstep by UPS or Fedex, anywhere in the USA.  A contribution to the Ecuador Country Assistance Strategy will be made for each order.

Merri and I love Ecuador for the warmth and friendliness in the hearts of its people.  We also love Ecuador’s beauty.  When an opportunity to send Ecuador roses and raise money for the poor some years ago, we grabbed the chance.

I wrote about the roses, made a special offer and sold over 5,000 roses that raised $2,000 that helped Ecuador’s poor.  The money was used to provide schooling for gifted indigenous children and to buy an InFocus projector used in our free English classes for Ecuadorian children.

So we offered Ecuador roses again and sold over 9,000 roses raising another $3,660!

This last Mother’s Day, 2016 offer Merri and I have asked our flower supplier, Roberto Ribadeneira, to pay $20 per sale to the Red Cross account set up to help with earthquake relief.

Now we are continuing this program for regular rose purchases.

This is not a deal that helps our pocketbooks.  We are donating all our rose sale proceeds to help the relief in Ecuador.  The cause is worthy.  Merri and I will share the joy of the gifts you help make… a wonderful gift of the most beautiful roses and help to those shattered by the earthquake in Ecuador.

25 Farm Choice $85

50 Farm Choice $99

100 Farm Choice $155

You can make three or four bouquets like this with 50 roses and you simply cannot find more beautiful and long lasting fresh cut roses… anywhere.

Mother' s Day Ecuador roses

Here are 100 assorted and pink roses in the kitchen sink delivered to our North Carolina home.

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100 Farm Choice $155

Here is an example of just a baker’s dozen. She can make four bouquets like this from 50 roses.

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You can have 25, 50 or 100 fresh cut (four days) roses from Ecuador delivered to any zip code in the USA… including Hawaii or Alaska including shipping starting at only $85.

I regret that UPS and Fedex cannot deliver the roses in Canada or elsewhere outside the USA.

UPS or Fedex will deliver.  Open them.  If you are not satisfied that these are truly remarkable roses, give them back to the UPS or Fedex driver and let me know.  I’ll get you a full refund.  To assure the refund you must inspect the flowers with the driver when they are delivered.  If you are not satisfied, they must be returned at the time of delivery.  (Refunds cannot be made if the roses are delivered and the UPS delivery person departs.)

To order, click on your choice.  Roberto Ribadeneira, the rose plantation coordinator, will place and follow your orders from the farm to your home.  He will email you a UPS or Fedex tracking number the week of delivery so you can coordinate the UPS delivery time.

Unless otherwise arranged, and subject to weather permitting, UPS or Fedex will deliver your roses to you on the next Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday if your order arrives by Saturday.

Premium Quality Roses

Your roses will be long stemmed… long lasting…. large petaled and… vibrant!  You can find nothing like this in regular stores.

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Some of Ecuador roses delivered last year.

Though this is perhaps the lowest price for fresh cut, hand delivered roses you will see, the roses are special, not like anything offered in a store or even at most florists.

Fresher Quality Roses

Most roses go from Ecuador to Miami by air and are stored in Miami then shipped by truck until they sit in a store. They can be a week or more old when you see them. The roses you receive from  this offer are cut and stored overnight, driven by refrigerated trucks to Quito Airport and flown to Miami to a special refrigerated UPS facility then flown to your UPS destination for immediate delivery to your home or office. This means they last longer.

These are premium roses with extra large heads that open fully.  When properly cared for, they remain beautiful for 9 to 14 days.  Merri and I then take them off the stems and enjoy them in a bowl for up to another week like this.

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25 Farm Choice $85

50 Farm Choice $99

100 Farm Choice $155

Environmentally Clean Roses

The roses your receive are certified by Veriflora. The VERIFLORA seal is a real, green program that regularly spot checks farms for ecologically sound systems that include:

1- Water and ecological conservation: implementing water management systems to prevent depletion of fresh water supplies.

2- Product quality: implementing practices to ensure the quality of the product through the whole chain of delivery to the final consumer.

3- Advanced agricultural practices: integrating organic practices wherever possible. To only use approved green label certified pesticides. To allow no discharge of pesticides run off into the environment.

4- Waste management: recycling and composting as well as the proper disposal of agricultural chemicals.

By March of 2007 the co-op that sends your roses had certified 144 acres.

Certification means the growers have met or exceeded the requirements. There is no middle ground with Veriflora, no differing levels of certification. You either are ecologically sound and certified, or you aren’t.

That means you receive environmentally friendly roses.

Here are red fresh Ecuador roses we had delivered to us.

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Fair Trade Roses

In addition the Verflora seal requires the rose grower to be socially responsible adhering to recognized labor and community standards, specially pertaining to health and safety, work conditions, hiring practices, discrimination, harassment and fair pay.

The growers offer every single one of their workers:

-free doctor and medical treatment at the farm for workers
-day care facilities for infants
-free breakfast and lunch (and dinner when they work late)
-free sports and recreation facilities
-small business loans -when workers want to leave to set up their own small holding farm
-worker’s fund -for financial help with school fees to buy a car, etc.
-complete health and safety equipment provided free -helmets, gloves, masks, etc.
-paid maternity leave with a guarantee of work when they want to return
-overtime paid over and above the legal requirements
-Christmas parties, summer holiday excursions, sports tournaments
-a safe and secure work environment with job satisfaction and potential for personal development

There you have it…great reasons to experience the warmth of the people and beauty of Ecuador.

The freshest…best roses…and you help the environment and the poor by having them delivered into your home.

25 Farm Choice $85

50 Farm Choice $99

100 Farm Choice $155

Here is one more way to extend your enjoyment and the beauty of Ecuador roses in your home.


Once our roses begin to bend their heads, we cut some of them short and make single rose bouquets like this.


Plus we place a rubber band around the stems and dry our fresh Ecuador roses as they age.  Here are Ecuador roses drying in the kitchen of our North Carolina home.



25 Farm Choice $85

50 Farm Choice $99

100 Farm Choice $155