Ex­cit­ing fea­tures await visi­tors at Hor­tikul­tura 2018

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EX­CIT­ING AC­TIV­I­TIES and fea­tures will be high­lighted at the an­nual gar­den show of the Philip­pine Hor­ti­cul­ture So­ci­ety (PHS), Hor­tikul­tura 2018, which will be held from Fe­bru­ary 2 to 11 at the Que­zon Me­mo­rial Cir­cle in Que­zon City.

As per re­cent plans, Al­lied Botanical Cor­po­ra­tion will trans­form into a huge flo­ral gar­den a big por­tion of the walk­way between the Flower Gar­den and the Trop­i­cal Gar­den where Hor­tikul­tura 2018 will be held. Dorie S. Bern­abe, chair­man of PHS, is re­ally ex­cited about this. Co-chairs of the event are busi­ness­man Butch Cam­pos, Efren Chatto of King Louis Flow­ers and Plants, and Arse­nio ‘Toto’ Barcelona of Harbest Agribusi­ness.

An­other new fea­ture of the an­nual gar­den show is the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI), which will put up an air-con­di­tioned tent where the sem­i­nars and work­shops on var­i­ous hor­ti­cul­tural top­ics will be held. The same struc­ture will also serve as a dis­play area where small and medium en­ter­prises can dis­play and sell their prod­ucts. PHS is co­or­di­nat­ing with DTI so that hor­ti­cul­ture could be given am­ple at­ten­tion to make it an hon­est-to-good­ness in­dus­try that could pro­vide jobs to small scale en­trepreneurs.

Mem­bers of the Bon­sai and Suiseki Al­liance of the Philip­pines Inc. (BSAPI), on the other hand, will also come up with a big dis­play of their mas­ter­pieces. The show­case will be ex­e­cuted by Vincent Fer­rer, a mas­ter bon­saist from An­gono, Rizal and cur­rently vice pres­i­dent of BSAPI.

Hor­tikul­tura 2018 will also fea­ture a cor­po­rate land­scape com­pe­ti­tion, ta­ble plant (or­na­men­tals) com­pe­ti­tion, or­na­men­tal dish gar­den com­pe­ti­tion, Hoya arts ex­hibit, ed­i­ble food land­scape com­pe­ti­tion, ver­ti­cal land­scape com­pe­ti­tion, and oth­ers.

One other spe­cial fea­tures will be the Ter­rar­ium, Aquas­cape, and Vi­var­ium Tanks ex­hibit be­ing co­or­di­nated by Tif­fany Cham, which will be par­tic­i­pated in by for­eign ex­hibitors from Sin­ga­pore and some other places. This will be held at the QCX mu­seum. Other ex­hibits at the QCX in­clude the flower ar­range­ment com­pe­ti­tion (pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur cat­e­gories), art ex­hibit by Al­lan Sy­cip, Orchid asep­tic cul­ture ex­hibit, and photo ex­hibit of Philip­pine orchid species by Dr. Miguel de Leon. DAILY LEC­TURES - One other fea­ture of Hor­tikul­tura 2018 is the se­ries of daily lec­tures that will be held at the air-con­di­tioned tent to be put up by the DTI. On Fe­bru­ary 3, at 10 a.m., the DTI will con­duct a lec­ture on en­trepreneur­ship by the Go Negosyo group. It will be fol­lowed at 2 p.m. by a lec­ture by Sal­va­cion Leuen­berger on

Wal­ing-wal­ing and other na­tive or­chids.

On Feb. 4, Tif­fany Cham will con­duct a work­shop on Ter­rar­ium, Vi­var­ium, and Aquar­ium at 10 in the morn­ing. In the af­ter­noon of the same day, Lino Rom will talk about cacti and suc­cu­lents.

On Feb. 5, at 2 p.m., Zayra Bu­lawan will lec­ture on in­te­ri­orscap­ing. The next day, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m., Doreen Dofi­tas of Ba­colod City will talk on Til­land­sias. Til­land­sias are a spe­cial genus of bromeli­ads which Doreen’s hus­band, Rene, is hy­bridiz­ing. He is about the big­gest breeder of Til­land­sias around the world. His hy­brids are now be­ing ex­ported to other coun­tries like Ja­pan and Tai­wan.

On Feb. 7, at 2 p.m., Flor Tar­riela of the Fern & Na­ture So­ci­ety will con­duct a lec­ture on Philip­pine “weed­i­bles and weed­ic­i­nals.” And on Feb. 8, at 2 p.m., there will be a lec­ture on ex­port/im­port pro­ce­dures in hor­ti­cul­tural prod­ucts.

Ade­nium pro­duc­tion is sched­uled on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m., by the Pan­gasi­nan Hor­ti­cul­ture So­ci­ety. Then on Feb. 9, at 10 a.m., Louie Tabing will talk on vir­gin co­conut oil pro­duc­tion. This will be fol­lowed in the af­ter­noon by a bon­sai work­shop to be con­ducted by BSAPI.

On Feb. 11 at 10 a.m., Dr Jaime Galvez Tan will talk on al­ter­na­tive medicine. In the af­ter­noon, Zac B. Sarian, will give an up­date on ex­otic fruit trees. THE PHS STORY – The Philip­pine Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety was or­ga­nized about 40 years ago by orchid and or­na­men­tal plant en­thu­si­asts led by the late Col. Zoilo Estrella, who used to grow beau­ti­ful cat­t­leyas. One other pil­lar in hor­ti­cul­ture was the late Juan Es­co­bar, who grew beau­ti­ful or­chids and was also a re­searcher on fer­til­iz­ing and man­ag­ing orchid cul­ti­va­tion.

Other per­son­al­i­ties who helped PHS grow in­clude Dr. Romeo Gu­tier­rez, a med­i­cal doc­tor who is a hob­by­ist who pro­duced out­stand­ing aglaonema hy­brids. He was pres­i­dent of the so­ci­ety for sev­eral terms. Other for­mer pres­i­dents in­clude the late Mody Man­glic­mot, who was well known for his huge ferns and bon­sai. Then there was the late Dr. Vic Saplala, who was a well-known orchid breeder. Many oth­ers be­came top of­fi­cers of the so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing Dorie S. Bern­abe and Wendy Re­gal­ado.

The mem­ber­ship of the so­ci­ety in­cludes hob­by­ists as well as com­mer­cial op­er­a­tors of nurs­eries and plant shops. The so­ci­ety con­ducts, un­til now, a monthly meet­ing dur­ing which a re­source speaker is in­vited to talk on a timely topic.

The an­nual gar­den show is a ma­jor pro­ject of the PHS. It is where the mem­bers as well as in­vited non­mem­bers of the so­ci­ety par­tic­i­pate by putting up their ex­hibit booths to show­case their out­stand­ing plants, and also to show­case their land­scap­ing ex­per­tise.

The gar­den show has a com­mer­cial sec­tion where mem­bers and non-mem­bers of­fer their prod­ucts for sale to the pub­lic. It is where the gar­den­ing pub­lic can source their gar­den­ing sup­plies like plants, fer­til­iz­ers, crop pro­tec­tion prod­ucts, and many oth­ers.

Dorie S. Bern­abe (cen­ter), chair­per­son of PHS, is flanked by Adela Ang (left) of Ashitaba fame and Norma Vil­lanueva, PHS pres­i­dent.

Letty Ligon is a BSAPI stal­wart.

An ex­hibit booth of Til­land­sias by Doreen Dofi­tas in a pre­vi­ous show. Doreen will lec­ture on Til­land­sias on Fe­bru­ary 6.

The hy­brid hibis­cus of Boyet Gani­gan will be among the at­trac­tions at Hor­tikul­tura 2018.

A prize-win­ning fern in a pre­vi­ous horti show.

BSAPI mem­bers will come up with a big dis­play of their mas­ter­pieces.

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