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Stop and Smell the Roses in These Picture-Perfect Flower Farms and Vineyards

by Marla Miniano-Umali
March 18, 2019

The healing power of flowers is no secret. They can drastically boost your mood, calm you down, reduce stress, and even treat certain infections and skin conditions.

But if you’re into them purely for the #aesthetic—no judgment, that’s completely okay, too! You can’t deny the inherent appeal of twirling around a verdant garden in a long, flowy dress, especially when the colorful blooms serendipitously match your thoughtfully put-together outfit.

Not into florals? We’ve peppered this list with a couple of vineyards up north as well for a less “feminine” alternative. Go for a quick drive to Tagaytay, or head all the way to Benguet for your dose of greens; just remember to take nothing but pictures and kill nothing but time.

Sirao Garden, Cebu

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A top-of-mind destination in the Queen City, the magic of Sirao has been immortalized in many ethereal Instagram posts. Here, rows upon rows of enchanting fiery Celosias thrive, flanked by picket fences, bicycles, and a Dutch windmill that earned the attraction its nickname “Little Amsterdam.”

Sirao Garden
Brgy. Sirao, Cebu City
Entrance fee: ₱50
Open daily, 6 AM – 6:30 PM

Buwakan ni Alejandra, Cebu

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Though smaller and less popular than the tourist magnet Sirao, Buwakan ni Alejandra still deserves a spot on your list of places to visit in Cebu. Resembling a multi-colored maze from a bird’s eye view, the quaint garden is run by a family of flower lovers who tend to the blooms with utmost care every day.

Buwakan ni Alejandra
Sitio Bunga
Balamban, Cebu
Entrance fee: ₱50
Open daily, 7 AM – 5 PM

The Flower Farm, Tagaytay

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Take a whiff of the fresh Tagaytay air and marvel at this 7.2-hectare nursery with spacious greenhouses that grow several varieties of blooms in different shapes and hues. The Flower Farm is a major supplier for the famous Dangwa Flower Market, and marries new technology with traditional farming methods. Get in touch with them to schedule your group tour prior to visiting.

The Flower Farm
Maglabe Drive, Tagaytay
(046) 815 6665

Lomboy Grape Farm, La Union

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This picturesque vineyard in Bauang not only grows grapes, but guapples and dragon fruit as well. Once you’ve taken the educational tour and gathered enough options for your feed, try their delicious wines and sweet, tangy fruit jams, which are also perfect for pasalubong.

Lomboy Grape Farm
Urayong, Bauang, La Union
(0916) 433 4334
Entrance fee: ₱100

Gapuz Grape Farm, La Union

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Another vineyard nestled in Bauang, this farm sells their fresh, juicy grapes at ₱250 a kilo—you can even choose to harvest them yourself for the full experience, with March to May identified as the best season for grape-picking. Entrance fee is free for guests who opt not to buy or pick grapes.

Gapuz Grape Farm
Urayong, Bauang, La Union
(0922) 770 1520

Sunflower Maze, Pangasinan

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Reopened last year after temporarily closing to the public, this popular garden in Tayug is home to a vast array of ornamental plants, making for a stunning photo backdrop. After navigating the labyrinth of more than 8,000 sunflowers, keep an eye out for “The Truck,” the owner’s first service vehicle, which was transformed into an interesting, ‘gram-worthy planter.

Sunflower Maze
Brgy. C. Lichauco
Tayug, Pangasinan
Entrance fee: ₱100
Open daily, 7 AM – 7 PM

Northern Blossom Farm, Benguet

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Located in Atok, Benguet and surrounded by vegetable farms and views of Mt. Pulag, this destination is gaining popularity for its otherworldly cabbage roses, as well as unique blooms like snapdragons and marigolds. Bitten by the cherry blossom bug? You might not need to fly all the way to Japan to get your fix, as a Sakura Park is being developed in the same town.

Northern Blossom Flower Farm
Brgy. Sayangan
Atok, Benguet
(0908) 151 3368
Entrance fee: ₱300

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About Marla
Marla Miniano-Umali is the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan Philippines, Candy Magazine, and Summit Books. She has written four YA novels and two short story collections, and co-authored two poetry anthologies—including the travel-inspired The Maps that Contain Us. She likes long drives, snack pit stops, and adventures on and off the page.

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