Do you love to eat cabbages? I do. With a pinch of salt and a few chunks of meat, it’s breakfast or lunch or dinner. Honestly, it’s one of the staple ingredients in most Igorot dishes as the province of Benguet produces thousands of kilos of cabbages per month. You see cabbage everywhere in the market. I’ve seen green ones, violet ones, big ones, small ones and dried ones but never have I imagined that there exist cabbage roses. What more is that the one producing it is Northern Blossom flower farm in Atok which is only an hour away from our place.
All of these questions were answered when my sister and I visited the Northern Blossom flower farm in Atok, Benguet. Recently, it has gained popularity because of their cabbage roses. Since the place was near our hometown, we went to check it out.
Northern Blossom Flower Farm in Atok
Northern Blossom flower farm in Atok, Benguet is a two-hectare wide plantation. It is owned by Mellany Ganayan and her husband. Together, they both manage the farm and a flower shop business in Dimasalang, Metro Manila.
Since most of their flowers are of a rare variety, their shop has catered to a lot of flower arrangement stylists who want to include the flowers in their styles and designs. Their flowers have been used to decorate the Malacanang Palace, the nuptial of Senator Chiz Escudero and Heart Evangelista, to Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera’s wedding.
To get in, you have to pay a fee:
- 100 pesos for adults
- 50 for kids
There were flowers outside freshly picked ready for anyone to buy.
We were assigned a guide to tour us around the farm. I was pretty impressed, as we went from flower to flower, our guide filled us in with a lot of information.
The farm looked like any vegetable farm. The only difference is that they plant flowers instead of vegetables. There were snapdragons, rice flowers, dusty miller, alstroemeria, cabbage roses, delphiniums and many others.
By the time we reached the section of the cabbage roses, most were already harvested. From the farm, you’ll be able to see the neighboring mountains including Mt. Pulag. I asked our guide if it’s possible to eat these beautiful cabbage roses. She said yes, but it’s not recommended as these are sprayed with lots of pesticides so yeah too bad, huh?
How to get there
If you plan on bringing your own car, you can use the Waze app to reach the farm. Just type “Saint Paul’s Academy in Sayangan, Atok, Benguet” as it is one of the nearest landmarks to the farm.
- From Manila, ride a bus heading to Baguio such as the Genesis and Victory Liner in Cubao, Avenida, and Sampaloc.
Regular Bus: 450 pesos
Deluxe: 750 pesos
Regular Bus: 6-8 hours depending on the traffic, it’s faster to travel at night time
Deluxe Bus: 4 hours at most
- Upon arriving in Baguio, head to the Dangwa terminal station behind Center Mall in Magsaysay Avenue. You can do so by riding a taxi.
Taxi Fare: 50 to 70 pesos
- Here, ride a bus or a van going to Mankayan, Abatan, Lepanto, Sagada, Bontoc, or Besao. Ask the driver to drop you off in front of the Marosan’s Restaurant in Atok.
Fare: 70 pesos
Travel time: 1 hour and 30 mins.
Do note that these prices may change without prior notice.
- Register first at the Paoay Barangay Hall just behind the restaurant. There’s no registration fee, but you can donate if you want.
Then, they’ll provide you the details on how to get to the farm. It will take you around 5 minutes to walk to Northern Blossom flower farm. If you think you’re lost, simply ask the locals where Lany’s is as it is the common term they use to refer to the farm.
Other Places to Check-in Atok
If you’re up for some adventure, you can inquire at the Paoay Barangay Hall. They offer tours to Mt. Timbak, Grotto, Sakura Park and Northern Blossom flower farm in Atok.
It’s better to rent a car going to all the tourist spots since they are far from each other and will require you to have mad driving skills if you plan on using your vehicle. Plus, some of the spots are in a really high place, so a car that can climb is suitable for the job.
Tour Package: 1500 pesos ( includes the tour guide fee and car rental)
For more information, you can contact the Tourist Center at 0946 514 7799 and 0930 189 2757 or the Northern Blossom’s owner at 0908 151 3368.
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