The Flower Show
The weather in Cuenca has been cooler and rainier than normal for the past month or more. Cloudy, overcast days have been the norm so when Saturday dawned bright and clear we decided we had to get outside and enjoy it. The flower show at the Pumapungo museum gave us a perfect excuse to get out of the apartment.
We had learned about the show fortuitously through an acquaintance who was distributing flyers while we had been out walking. This was the only announcement we saw. The apparent lack of advertising perhaps explained the absence of a crowd. The exhibition did not seem crowded, despite the fact that there were a fair number of people there. There was no need to wait for a group of people to move along to see an exhibit as happens some times at the annual orchid show. The show was spread out over five large rooms which also enhanced access to the exhibits.
Many of the exhibits had been awarded ribbons. There were a bewildering number of categories for the competition and I do not remember most of them. However the various exhibits contained themes related to formal displays, arranged place settings and non-flowering plants. There were also impressive displays of bonsai. There was even a display of woven rugs.
The name of the show was the Expositión Estándar de Flores (Standard Flower Exposition) and was held Friday-Sunday April 21-23. Los Clubes de Jardineria “Cuenca” y “El Sigsal” (The Gardening Clubs of Cuenca and El Sigsal) organized the event. Admission was free.
After The Show
After the show, we enjoyed a leisurely stroll down Calle Larga towards town and stopped at the Cafe Puro behind Todos Santos Cathedral to enjoy a cup of coffee as well as the view from their patio. We then wandered along the Rio Tomebamba and finished off with a lunch at Black Olive restaurant overlooking the river. Tomorrow will probably be cloudy and rainy again if recent history is any guide, but today, it was perfect weather and a perfect day.