Seniors’ Social Hall and Garden, University of the Philippines ,Los Baños, Laguna -Philippines
Los Baños Horticultural Society in partnership with University of the Philippines -Los Baños, Department of Trade and Industry , The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) holds their bi-annual horticulture show and trade fair .
schedule of the activities and lectures
This year’s theme ” There is Beauty in Our Native Plants” . The focus of the show are the native plants which are unappreciated and sometimes neglected in many parts of the country. Some of them are highly endangered and almost extinct.
Nephrolepis acutifolia or Iligan Fern
This fern won first place in the category and the centerpiece of the exhibit
I have featured this fern in my previous article post : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2011/10/09/los-banos-horticulutre-society-show-urban-forest/
The opening ceremony was held yesterday, March 14, 2013 at around past 4:00pm and were attended by Ms. Marina Catipon , vips, members of the society and affiliated plant and gardening societies across the country.
This is the most visited and important plant show south of Manila that any plant collector , environment enthusiasts, students and photographers must never miss!
main center piece landscape with fresh water aquarium fishes and paintings
The main exhibit was landscaped with dracena, philodendron, aglaonema , medinilla and iligan ferns accentuated by fresh aquarium gold fishes from the personal collection of Mr. Vicente Chin Jr. ( Mr. Vic Chin Jr.).
He is a plant hobbyist, collector , propagator , landscaper and now breeder of fresh water fishes like gold fishes from different parts of Asia .
I had to commute early in the morning the following day ( March 15 ) from Buendia, Pasay for about 2 hours arriving at the show site just before they opened. I was greeted by some traders and officers of the Los Baños Horticulture Society .
Dendrobium thyrsiflorum- exhibited by VS Orchids and Ornamental Plants
This orchid species if commonly called Pine Cone-Like Raceme Dendrobium – In Thailand – Ueang mawn khai – In China Qui Hua Shi Hu.
Habitat and Range : Chinese Himalayas, Hainan China, Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam
Dendrobium thyrsiflorum Rchb.f 1875 SECTION Densiflora is found in humid, mossy mixed and coniferous forests enjoys lots of light and air movement and has slender, ridged, rounded, club-shaped, yellowish apically stems carrying 5 to 8, persistent, smooth, flexible, dark green leaves that blooms in the spring on a pendant, 12″ [30 cm] long, densely several to many [30 to 70] fragrant flowered raceme that arise from near the apex of the cane and is best mounted on driftwood, on pots, mounted on living trees .
Range: This orchid species can be found from elevation of 800 meters to 2,100 meters with semi shade. Water sparingly throughout the winter months ( drying them) and reduce the fertilizer until the initiation of new growth in the spring. The orchid species can reach 2 to 3 feet .
This landscape exhibit won ” Best Booth Construction ” , ” Best Booth Composition ” and ” Most Outstanding Booth “ This was landscaped by the Mr. Jojo Lazaro and companions
Medinilla magnifica locally called Kapa-kapa because of its drooping petals resembles a drooping cape . This serves as a focal point of a garden landscape
water feature includes a pond set-up and water lilies
Unluckily, I had prior commitment and had to attend some events in Metro Manila ( stamp launching , trade fair and corporate activity ) .
RC Farm exhibit bagged ” Most Educational Booth “
RC Farm of Dr. Roberto E. Coronel with their properly labeled fruit trees seedling from different parts of the world and in the Philippines were a delight to students , visitors and plant hobbyists
Malvarosa Orchids Landscape – Third Prize ” Best Booth Composition “
This exhibit proudly showcase several Philippine native plants like Iligan fern, Asplenium leytensis , Medinilla magnifica and various types of flowering annuals in a garden setting complete with native jars and a fountain statue
The Los Baños Flower and Garden Show is a much-awaited yearly event for plants hobbyists , gardeners and enthusiasts from the mid- 1970’s to early 1990’s . The event is usually held in the 2nd week of October to coincide with the University of the Philippines- Los Baños ” Loyalty Day” . Then , There is another one held during the summer season to coincide with the graduation rites of the campus . Each time the show would feature a particular plant or would revolve a theme . Here, you will find the latest , rarest breed of your favorite ornamental plants , trees, orchids , flowering plants , garden accents as well as the simplest to the most creative garden landscapes.
Nipa Hut (Bahay Kubo) inspired landscape
This landscape complete with nipa hut inspired by the song ” Bahay Kubo” Some of the bougainvilleas hybrids are planted in old plastic containers
Los Baños Horticulture Society
The garden shows was organized by the Los Baños Orchid Society from the early 1970’s to 2009. In 2009 due to the SEC registration guidelines, The board decided to change the name to Los Baños Horticulture Society to avoid penalties and confusion among the visiting public , since majority of the members are into horticulture and not just purely growing orchids.
Los Baños Horticulture Society: http://www.lbhs-ph.org/
Bibliographies : Dendrobium thyrsiflorum -Botanica’s Orchids,ISBN 1-57145-721-6 copyright 2002, page 217
American Orchid Society Bulletin Vol 72 No 6 2003 photo
Department of Trade and Industry : http://www.dti.gov.ph/
PCAARRD : http://www.pcaarrd.dost.gov.ph/