Interesting Landscapes at the Flora Filipina 2015 Expo

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City -Philippines

Orchid Landscape Winners

3rd Place Ms. Evangeline B. ” Vangie ” Go

The landscape used old capiz window panels and driftwoods as part of the landscape . White cattleyas, ferns , Dendrobium spectabile from Papua New Guinea , Solomon islands, Irian Jaya of Indonesia  , Dendrobium sanderae and Grammatophyllum multiflorum variety citrinum  from the Philippines , mutant dracena and ferns added different shades of  green and yellow tones to the landscape.

2nd Place- Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental Farm

This orchid landscape used Phalaenopsis orchid hybrids , Oncidium hybrids , Cattleya hybrids, Paphiopedilum hybrids  , Epidendrum hybrids . Fixtures includes wooden door , steel  frame, adobe stones, pebbles ,  old soft drink bottles.

1st Place -Susan and Manuel Lee

The orchid landscape had Dendrobium hybrids, Cattleya hybrids , Phalaenopsis hybrids, Vanda hybrids , Paphiopedilum hybrids with some native orchid species like Dendrobium uniflorum, Dendrobium sanderae , Grammatophyllum multiflorum variety citrinum , Trichoglottis rosea, Trichoglottis latisepala , native asplenium .

Ornamental Landscape Winners

3rd Place-Allied Botanical Corporation

Allied Botanical Corporation is one of the major seeds, fertilizers and fruit suppliers in the country .  The landscape exhibit showcases vegetable and fruit produce like water melon, gourd , red bell peppers, tomatoes , lettuce , herbs ,  sunflowers, celosia ( cockcomb )  , petunia , sorghum, marigold flowers among others.  ( together in the photo: Ms. Dhory Fadriquela )

Website: http://www.alliedbotanical.com/

2nd Place : Professor Juan ” Johnny ” Lim

Professor Johnny Lim won several coveted awards for his bonsai trees .

1st Place: Mr. Fred Salud , Mr. Tata Montilla and ” Late” Atty. Pepito Mercado

The landscape exhibit was created by Mr. Fred Salud together with Mr. Tata Montilla using the collection of cactus and succulents of the late  Atty. Pepito Mercado who died just last January 2015. This is some sort of a tribute exhibit. Surprisingly, this landscape exhibit won the grand prize for the ” Best Ornamental Landscape Exhibit ” and ” ” Best Ornamental Plant in the Show “

Here are some of the noteworthy landscape exhibits in orchids and ornamental plant category.

Mr. Manuel and Ms. Susan Lee – bahay kubo ( nipa hut)  inspired landscape

Philippine Orchid Society community booth

Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines

Philippine Bonsai Society

The landscape exhibit features collection of outstanding bonsai set in a gigantic metal frame

NVC Garden

old chairs as additional accent

Nigel Garden

Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental Plants

This is another orchid landscape exhibit which features native orchids and rare ornamental plants

Constel Nature Garden

Architect Bimbo Vergara

These are the terracotta pots which are part of the fixtures of the landscape exhibit which combines old windows, hardwood panels , cactus and succulents

Architect Bimbo Vergara exhibit

Malvarosa Orchids and Ornamental Farm

Mr. Jun Golamco and Mr. Mike Espeso

landscape exhibit  includes bromeliads, nepenthes and old drift woods.

Davao Orchid Society and Ms. Vicky Jimenez

Ms. Doreen Dofitas

Ms. Doreen Dofitas exhibit incorporated tillandsias, bromeliads , aglaonema , philodendron , ornamental plants and old logs.

Ms. Alily Galo and Mrs. Baby Alarcon

Dr. Olivia Sanchez

Dr. Olivia Sanchez from Laguna had a wide variety of ornamental plants on display . gerberas, tillandsias, bromeliads , oncidium, dendrobium, cattleya hybrids and vanda lamellata are neatly arranged

Mabuhay Orchids and Ornamental Plant Farm

Phalaenopsis schilleriana

Mr. Mando Cruz

Mr. Mando Cruz landscape is modern design and the use of steel and recycled materials makes this exhibit a stand-out.

Mr. Mando Cruz

Aztec-goddess

a crowd drawer is the naked aztec-like goddess.

red and black ants climbing up the narra tree

Note: All photos were taken by the author

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BIG Winners at Flora Filipina Show 2015 part 1

BIG Winners at Flora Filipina Show 2015 part 2

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Big Winners at Flora Filipina 2015 Show ( Part 2)

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, Quezon Memorial Circle , Quezon City-Philippines

Aglaonema Sub Panya

Best Aroid

Exhibitor: Ms. Doreen Dofitas

Rhapis humilis

Best Cultured Ornamental Plant

Exhibitor: Ms. Doreen Dofitas

Asplenium picophyllum

Best Fern Rosette Type

Exhibitor: DA-RFO-Cagayan de Oro

Huperzia squarrosa

Huperzia squarrosa

Note: Ms. Vangie Go had exhibited several fern species and Huperzia varieties

Best Fern  Non- Rosette Type

Other Non-Rosette Types

Exhibitor: Ms. Evangeline ” Vangie” Go

Variegated Dracena

Best Mutant

Exhibitor: Ms. Vangie Go

Neoregelia Don Eikel

Best Bromeliad Exhibitor: Mr. Ziegfred Onari

Begonia sp.

Best Other Genera -Foliage Plant

Exhibitor: Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie” Canicula

Medinilla sp.

Best Other Genera – Flowering Ornamental Plant Exhibitor: Ms. Anna Ruth Purificacion-Conde

This is a Medinilla plant with a nickname ” Chandelier ” exhibited by Ms. Anna Ruth Purificacion-Conde.

Agoho ( Casuarina equisetifolia )

Best Bonsai

Exhibitor: Professor Juan ” Johnny” Lim

Sanseviera bella

Best Ornamental Plant in Show and Best Cacti and Succulent Exhibitor: Atty. Pepito Mercado ( Memoriam )

This Sanseviera bella owned by the late Atty. Pepito Mercado who just died a few weeks ago . Some of the cactus and succulents were part of his collection .

Please visit the link: Big Winners at Flora Filipina 2015 Show ( Part 1)

4th Flora Filipina 2015 Expo : An International Flower and Garden Show

The  4TH Flora Filipina Expo on February 26 – March 9, 2015 at the Flower Garden ( Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ) of Quezon City Memorial Circle, Quezon City. Through the leadership of the Philippine Orchid Society (POS), the country’s various garden clubs and the major key players of the ornamental plant industry will convene in this prestigious event at the iconic heart of Quezon City. A special opening for special guests and invited vips will be held on February 25, 2015 at the Flower Garden .

The event aims to boost the morale of the country’s horticultural industry, with the blessings of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Tourism, and the Quezon City government and Quezon Memorial Circle administration. Some of the minor sponsors includes Del Monte, Philippines,  Allied Botanical Corporation – distributor of Peter’s Fertilizer , Department of Science and Technology ( DOST ),Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCCARD)  and Manila Bulletin

The Flora Filipina Expo has become a major Philippine tourism event, and it aims to create awareness among Filipino horticulture enthusiasts and also foreign plant growers about the beauty and value of Philippine plant species. This is also an event wherein inviting foreigners to visit our islands and see our wide collection of flora species.

History Timeline

The  1st Flora Filipina was held in cooperation with Philippine Horticultural Society Incorporated in 2006 at the iconic San Ignacio Church ruins in Intramuros,2nd Flora Filipina 2009 was held at the Sunken Garden beside the Quezon Cityhall,  3rd Flora Filipina was held in 2012 at the Flower Garden ( Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ) , Quezon Memorial Circle .

The Flora Filipina 2015 Expo is proud to have about 90 commercial booths who will be trading to the public selected and rare orchids, ferns, bromeliads, aroids, palms, flowering annuals, hoyas, epiphytes, bonsai, tree seedlings, seeds, including garden accessories, fertilizers, and pesticides.

The event will be having as many as 30 exhibit booths at the flower garden area.

A 2-day Scientific Conference will also be staged at the Great Eastern Hotel, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City on February 26-27, 2015. Topics includes: Taiwan Floriculture & Orchid Industry; Urban Gardening, Cool House Technology for Growing Plant, Ornamental Plant Variety Registration, Import and Export Guidelines, Reclassification of Orchid Genera, Breeding Methods in Floriculture, Potential of Philippine Native Trees for the International Bonsai Market, Edible Ornamental Vegetables, Tillandsia, Terrarium Making, Dish Garden and Flower Arrangement.

Farm Tour

There will be scheduled farm tour on February 28, 2015

Pet Expo

There will also be a pet expo from March 7 and 8 , 2015 – Some of the highlights of the pet expo will be bantam chickens , reptile breeds from all over the world, dogs and cats.

There will also be a free-daily lecture at the exhibit site. With this, the event is expecting more than 25,000 visitors. Foreign delegates and participants from the provinces will be arriving on the last week of February to attend the opening of the event, the conference and the special organized tours.

The Philippines is certainly is a rich plant habitat and is truly an ideal place to grow both tropical and semi-temperate crops. Some of the rare orchid species that can actually be found in the country include the majestic Waling-Waling (Vanda sanderiana), which is the “Queen of the Philippine Orchids,” Vanda luzonica, Phalaenopsis amabilis and other Phalaenopsis species, the Black orchid (Trichoglottis brachiata), various Lady slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum species), just to name a few. This season is the flowering of the Dendrobium anosmum (Sanggumay) and the Butterfly Orchids (Phalaenopsis species and hybrids). For ornamentals, we have the jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys), various Alocasia species, an assortment of fern species and allies, Hoya and Discidia vines, palms and cycads, and about 27,000 species more of ornamental plants.

Aside from species, the country can grow and mass produce a lot of introduced or imported ornamental plant hybrids like Euphorbias, Hibiscus, Aglaonema, Alocasia, Cacti, Succulents, and Cattleya orchids. With this, the Philippines certainly has much to offer in terms of diversity of garden plants for trade.

The country has a high potential of mass producing and exporting plants abroad, however, we just need to identify problems in marketing which are causing barriers in the expansion of the Philippine plant trade export industry. With this Flora Filipina event, the organizers hope to unite the local ornamental plant industry, provide technical assistance and market opportunities, and in a larger picture push forth the positive growth of the industry.

For further information about the FLORA FILIPINA EXPO, please contact the Philippine Orchid Society Tel. +(632) 929-4425, mobile +63 09178485468 or visit the website at http://philippineorchidsociety.com or Facebook: philorchidsociety@gmail.com

Office Secretariat : Ms. Jenny Rivera or Mr. Jiffy Alegre

Website links:

DOST -PCCARD : http://www.pcaarrd.dost.gov.ph

Quezon City : http://www.quezoncity.gov.ph/

Del Monte- Philippines  : http://www.delmonte.ph/

Allied Botanical Corporation: http://www.alliedbotanical.com/

Department of Tourism :http://www.tourism.gov.ph

It’s More FUN in the Philippines : http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/

Department of Agriculture : http://www.da.gov.ph/

The Great Eastern Hotel : http://www.greateasternhotelmanila.com/

Note” The Flora Filipina Expo site ( Flower Garden )  will have daily lectures and workshop, There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 20 senior citizens and students with valid Id’s and Php 30 general public – This is based on the entrance fees of the orchid show last year .

* Subject to change