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Hortikultura opens today to the public

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By Zac B. Sarian

  • FLOWER POWER – Allied Botanical Corporation which boasts of a lot of flowering ornamentals are displaying them at the Hortikultura 2018 to stress that these flowering beauties can be successfully cultured in the lowland, including the metropolis. These can be used in landscaping as well as potted plants for commercial purposes.

  • VARIEGATED BEAUTY – Gardening enthusiasts will find a lot of rare plants in both the landscape exhibits as well as in the commercial section. Garden shows, like Hortikultura 2018, are where one can discover the latest varieties for commercial production as well as rare ones for serious collectors. Photo shows a rare variegated plant that collectors would probably like to acquire.

  • BEAUTIFUL SANSEVIERIA – Plant lovers who are looking for sturdy plants for indoor décor might as well settle for the Sansevieria. There are many varieties of the genus which come in various sizes, shapes and colors. There are very expensive ones as well as affordable varieties. This one in photo is one of the more expensive ones.

  • KEEN INTEREST IN CACTI & SUCCULENTS – There is a surge in inerest in cacti and succulents for a number of reasons. For one, most of them are small and are suitable for condominium gardening. They are quite hardy and will require minimum attention as indoor décor. There are expensive varieties but there are also more affordable ones. Enterprising persons who would like to make a business by growing cacti and succulents can start with a modest growing space and capital.

  • FERN AND FERN ALLIES – One of the categories in the potted plants competition is Fern and Fern Allies. This is one category where a lot of unusual forms or mutants are being shown to the public all the time. These rare variants can be one of a kind, in which case, it is very expensive, or there could be several of them. Enterprising collectors of these variants can make a fortune if they take good care of them and then sell the same to people who don’t mind paying a fortune for them.

  • LANDSCAPE EXHIBIT COMPETITION – Several garden groups and individuals are competing in the landscape exhibits, including the Fern and Nature Society of the Philippines, Bonsai & Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines, Cactus and Succulent Society, Tansing Basis, Flora Botanica, Insular Botanicals, Mega Orchids, Arid n’ Aroids, Thailand Best Fern Group and others. Photo shows a landscape exhibit in a previous Hortikultura show.

    Calling all garden lovers! Today, February 3, Hortikultura 2018 opens to the public and will run through February 11 at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

    The event is under the auspices of the Philippine Horticultural Society chaired by Dorie S. Bernabe with Norma Villanueva as president. This year’s horti show comes in a grand way as the Quezon City government, the Department of Trade and Industry as well as the tourism division of Quezon City are collaborating to ensure a wide variety of interesting displays and activities.

    Different exhibits and activities are spread in various sections at the Quezon Memorial Circle. In the Tropical Garden, for instance, corporate players in the horticultural industry are vying for valuable prizes in the corporate landscape exhibit and competition.

    For the first time, Allied Botanical Corporation is showcasing its various flowering plants in a promenade of flowers. These include flowering plants that will do well under the lowland conditions, like what it showcased in its research farm in Tayug, Pangasinan last year.

    The Department of Trade and Industry has put up an air-conditioned tent (Negosyo Center) where daily lectures and demonstration will be held. For a start today, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Sally Leuenberger of Davao City will talk on how to start a horticulture business. This will be followed in the afternoon by a DTI lecturer on the 7Ms of Enterprise Development.

    The air-conditioned tent also serves as the display area for the products of the MSMEs, the micro, small and medium enterprises which the DTI is heping to promote their products.

    Hortikultura 2018 also features a Rock Garden where a Vertical Landscape exhibit and competition is held. Then there is the Runnex Elevated Garden where the bonsai exhibit and competition are held.

    This is where members of the Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines are exhibiting their masterpieces.

    Many of the exhibits are located at the Flower Garden near the entrance of the East Gate of the Memorial Circle. These include Urban Edible Landscape, Geometry of Flowers, Potted Ornamental Plants, Dish Gardens, Hoya Plants and Paintings, Tillandsia Society showcase and Villar Sipag Exhibit.

    Exhibits and competitions are also scheduled at the QCX Museum. These include Terrarium and Aquascape, Vivarium, Ikenobo-Ikebana exhibit, Orchid Aseptic Culture, Arts and Paintings.

    Two areas are devoted to the commercial section right at the East entrance of  the Memorial Circle. These are where the public can source their gardening requirements like orchids and ornamentals, tools and equipment, fertilizers and crop protection products, and many more.

    Here are some more of the lectures. On Feb. 4, tomorrow, from 9 to 12 noon, a resource person from the DTI will talk on business planning and management at the Negosyo Center. This will be followed by another resource person from DTI who will talk on Programs and Services for MSMEs.

    Also on Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Tiffany Cham will talk on Vivarium at the QCX Museurm. And from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Flower Garden lecture room, Lino Rom will lecture on Gymnocalycium (cactus) collecting for beginners and advance gardeners.

    On Day 3, Feb. 5, Monday, the DTI speaker will talk on Unlocking Entrepreneurial Competencies from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Negosyo Center. This will be followed at the same venue from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. by a speaker who will talk on Entrepreneurship: Starting and Registering. Also on the same day, from 2 to 4 p.m. but at the Flower Garden lecture room, Zayra Bulawan will talk on Interior Plantscaping.

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