bell-tower with various bromeliads and ferns
All pictures courtesy of Philippine Orchid Society
The 2010 Taipei International Gardening and Horticulture Exposition, this exhibition is an invitation to those with green fingers to enjoy the splendid floral displays and swap gardening experiences with exhibitors and international experts.
a wishing well accompanied the huge bell-tower said to the replica of Cagsawa Church
Philippine exhibit during the construction phase
The Philippines is one of the 33 international exhibit being showcased in the exposition and likewise among the official participants to the Global Garden Competition . According to the organizers of the event, the exhibit is one of the top drawers and is one of the most beautiful landscaped in the expo.
The theme ” River, Flower, New Horizon “. The six month expo will run until April 26, 2011. The Philippine landscape which can be easily distinguished with a large bell tower which represents the ruins of the old Cagsawa Church in Albay with lavishly decorated red and white stripped neoregelias which is a type of bromeliad and native ferns .
colorful ornamental plants, aglaonemas , phalaenopsis hybrids, anahaw palm (Livistonia rotundifolia ) accompanied by gigantic festival mask and photo of Mayon Volcano as backdrop
The area is surrounded by a moat which is surrounded like a river . The entire country pavilion is a reminiscence of old medieval period during the Spanish colonial regime and to symbolized that the country is a group of islands.
sansievaras , dracenas , colorful dendrobium hybrids with Philippine made bird cages – Photo of Palawan underground river as a backdrop
The pavilion is enclosed with 10 meter high wall , which resembled old Intramuros . The booth also had different Christmas decoration from different parts of the archipelago which reflects the rich colonial heritage of the country.
This exhibit with different varieties of guzmania , ornamental plants and adorned with native fans . At the background is the Banaue Rice Terraces which is considered as the 8th wonder of the world.
Religious statues like the Virgin Mary dotted the colonial village ambiance . Christmas lantern made from capiz and complete with its lighting fixtures dotted the major exhibit areas.
white sand pebbles, native bamboo baskets, shells, star fish and bamboo fountain are part of the landscape accents which featured heritage houses of Vigan in Ilocos Sur
This biennial flower show is organized by the Department of Economic Development of Taipei City Government and supervised by the Council of Agriculture.
white flowered spathiphyllum ( peace lily) , asplenium nidus , cryptanthus , cycad dotted the landscape .
sandy beach of Boracay served as a colorful backdrop in this pocket garden
capiz windows with dramatic lightning effect ,highlighted picturesque Philippine sandy beaches , scenery, man-made wonders and colonial villages .
side view of the exhibit : different paphiopedilum , phalaenopsis hybrids , Platycerium grande , ferns, Medinilla species and tropical ornamental plants
The exhibit showcase a walk- in passage way , where visitors can tour the various landscape exhibit with pocket gardens adored with different kinds of orchids like lady’s slipper , butterfly orchids, dendrobium , vandaceous hybrids and ornamental plants like bromeliads, tillandsias, ferns, golden miyagos among others.
Bell tower with sentinel watch tower ( replica of Intramuros ) at night
landscape exhibit is accompanied with colorful photographs highlighting famous tourist spots like the Banaue Rice Terraces, Vigan Heritage Village, Hundred Islands, Palawan Underground River, Mayon Volcano, Boracay , Chocolate Hills .
Chocolate hills photograph with various aglaonema hybrids, dracenas, ferns
There is also an indoor exhibit areas , which King Louis Ornamental Plants and Flowers proudly exhibited their plants. A promotional booth ( Philippine Orchid Society ) which also doubles as a tourism booth also showcased the various tourist destination of country .
King Louis Ornamental Plants and Flower landscape exhibit ( indoor space)
According to the Taipei International Flora Exhibition website , some of the must seen outdoor gardens include Netherland exhibit, Sultanate of Oman , Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Fujian garden, Expo orchard among others.
Philippine Orchid Society promotional booth
Commemorative Stamp Issue : article from Taiwan post
The 2010 Taipei International Flora Expo, which will be held from November 6, 2010 to April 25, 2011, is the first international horticultural exposition ever held in Taiwan to be recognized by the International Association of Horticultural Producers. The expo will demonstrate Taiwan’s culture and arts, its strength in horticulture, its concern for the environment, and its cutting-edge technological achievements. Apart from promoting the domestic flower and tourism industries, the expo will also serve to strengthen international exchange and raise the ROC’s international image. Chunghwa Post is releasing two souvenir sheets on November 6, 2010 to mark this grand occasion. These sheets are designed by Delta Design Corporation and printed by Cardon Enterprise Co., Ltd. in color offset.
colorful phalaenopsis hybrids – Taiwan is the world’s top producer and exporter of this orchid
The expo’s logo is an orchid blossom made up of five human figures that seem to be dancing in Peking opera. The five converge in a tumbling rhythm. Each of the five figures represents a separate continent and has a different color—red, orange, blue, green or purple. Inspired by the seasons of nature, the mascots of the expo are fairies representing five flowers: the lily, the sun flower, the moth orchid, the hydrangea, and the tulip. During the expo period, the Expo Dome in the Yuanshan Park Area will serve as the venue for an “Olympics of flowers.” In addition to the nine thematic shows on exhibit there, an international indoor floral design competition and the Taiwan International Orchid Show 2011 (which is one of the three biggest orchid shows in the world) will also be held there. One of the souvenir sheets comprises nine NT$5 stamps, each depicting a species of orchid, for a total value of NT$45. The other souvenir sheet comprises ten NT$5 stamps, for a total value of NT$50. Each of the mascots is represented by two stamps. The logo of the expo can be found in each stamp and in both marginal inscriptions.