Horticulture 2013:” Gardening with a Heart” opening highlights

Charito Planas Garden , Quezon Memorial Circle ,  Quezon City-Philippines

L-R Ms. Norma Villanueva , Ms. Joy Belmonte -Alimurong ( Vice-Mayor of Quezon City  ) Mrs. Amelita ” Ming ” Ramos,  Hon. Herert Bautista ( Mayor of Quezon City  ) Ms. May Dumlao ( President -Philippine Horticultural Society ) and Mr. Ralph Diaz ( Vice President -Philippine Horticultural Society )

L-R Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula , Engineer Zaldy  A. Dela Rosa ( Parks Development and Administration Department – PDAD, Quezon City) Mayor Herbert Bautista,  Mrs. Amelita Ramos ( former First Lady 1992-1998) Mrs. Joy Belmonte -Alimurong , Ms. May Dumlao , Ms. Norma Villanueva and Architect Butch Duque

It was a bright sunny afternoon when the members, officers , invited vip’s , government officials , media and garden aficionados marked another milestone in the Philippine gardening scenes. It was Philippine Horticultural Society‘s 37th Annual Garden Show.

group picture

This is the first plant show for 2013 and the preparation started last 2012.  This year’s theme ” Gardening with a Heart ” connotes a lot of idea.  From passionate gardeners which derived their love and devotion thru gardening , to heart shaped plants .

officers and members

Special invited guests were former first lady Mrs. Amelita Ramos, Mayor Herbert Bautista , Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, Mr. and Mrs. Flor Tarriela , presidents of various gardening societies and garden clubs. After a short tour of the exhibits and few photo opportunities , The invited guests of honor gave interesting speech . One of the more notable ones by Mayor Herbert Bautista  said ” He planted hundreds of seedlings  within public elementary schools ”  most of those tree seedling are now full grown trees !  Mrs. Amelita Ramos focused on the importance of gardening and beautification drive during his husband’s six year-term .

Mr.  Ed Tarriela and Mrs. Tarriela together with May Dumlao and Ms. Norma Villanueva

Mrs. Floriencia Gozon -Tarriela is the current chairperson of Philippine National Bank . She  also serves as a Director of Tuloy Sa Pagunlad Inc., Kilosbayan, Philippine Bible Society, and Summer Institute of Linguistics. Most weekends, she develops an herbal sanctuary in her five-hectare garden in Antpolo City .

Flors Garden website: http://florsgarden.com/

Her garden is named Flor’s Garden . The garden serves as a laboratory designed to substantiate a campaign that she and her husband  advocates.  A few months ago  the garden host a sanctuary of Philippine hoyas  and other hoya species found in other countries . His husband Mr. Ed Tarriela- a corporate lawyer also helps wage to help promote healthy living among Filipinos.

She also wrote some books about plants,  recipe for weeds, A Beginner’s Guide to Natural Gardening .

L-R Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula , Mrs. Amelita Ramos and Dr. Romeo Gutierrez

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