The Philippines' first sunflower maze opens this February



( Sunflowers aren't typically grown in gardens unless you live in Baguio City or you have the University Avenue of the University of the Philippines for a backyard. But one farm in Pangasinan has taken it a step further and made a giant maze using about 8,000 sunflower plants.



Allied Botanical Corporation, a farm-seed breeder and distributor that's been around since 1984, is set to open a 2,100-square-meter Sunflower Maze in its three-hectare farm on February 17. It is less than four hours away from Manila and would make a good stop-over on your way to Baguio City for the Panagbenga Festival.


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The sunflower maze is the brainchild of the company's president, Michael Caballes, a horticulturist. It is part of Allied Botanical Corporation's (ABC) efforts to promote sunflower seeds as high-value flowers that growers can profit from. The maze was made in collaboration with landscape designer Toni Rivera


The attraction can accommodate up to 100 people and will take at least 30 minutes to complete. It will serve as the main attraction of ABC's open house which takes place from February 17 to 19. The farm will also open an Urban and Edible Landscape Garden where people can pick vegetables and fruits, collect them in their own bayong, and then pay for their harvest.


The Allied Botanical Corporation farm is in Barangay C. Lichauco, Tayug, Pangasinan. Admission is at P100. For more information, visit the Allied Botanical Corporation Facebook page.


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