Los Baños Horticulture 2014 Annual Show

featured plant in beautiful containers ( photo courtesy: Dr. Ben Vergara)

Flores de Mayo” is the theme of the flower and garden show in Los Baños this coming April 25 to May 4, 2014. Flowering annuals and shrubs will be highlighted. 


Kalanchoe blossfeldiana -peach colored

New in the Philippine market are several new cultivars of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana.

red form

They will be for sale at the garden show. The latest cultivars in the market are the multi-petalled types with flowers lasting for two to three months on the plant.

white and multi-petal form

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is an evergreen, succulent and herbaeceous perennial.

yellow-form

There are about 120 Kalanchoe species all over the world most of them are native to Madagascar.

Orchids will take center stage since the Los Baños Horticulture Society is honoring the most successful entrepreneur in our group – Ms. Lita Ibarra. Her Gintong Talulot garden has specialized in orchids – Vandas and Dendrobiums.

The same cultivar was featured in the recent Hong Kong Flower Show

Website: http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/green/hkfs/2014/en/index.php

Los Baños Horticulture Show from October 10 to 20, 2013

The bi-annual Los Baños  Flower and Garden show sponsored by the Los Baños Horticulture Society will be held from October 10 to 20, 2013. While the special opening will be held on October 9, 2013 in which members, vips, media are invited.

poster of the event at the recent orchid show

The venue of the flower and garden show be at the University of the PhilippinesLos Baños -Senior Social Hall, Laguna province.

This year’s featured plants are ” Orchids and Foliage”  The center exhibit will be orchids from Gintung Talulot and Ti plants from Exotica .

Beautiful Ti-plant with apple green leaves and yellow markings – photo courtesy of: Dr. Benito Vergara

More than 60 different kinds of Ti plant will be exhibited  at the center area.  A book about Ti plants will be launched during the show , according to Ms. Marina Catipon ( President of the Los Baños Horticulture Society) . The book will be very useful guide in identifying the Ti plants  and its cultivars in your garden. 

ti plant with reddish and pink marking

Ti, Tiplant, Ti Plant, Ki, Hawaiian Good Luck Plant are some of the common names given by gardeners

The show us dedicated to Philippine National ScientistDr. Benito S. Vergara – a long standing member , officer of the Los Baños Horticulture Society , plant breeder and author of several ornamental books.

Dr. Benito S. Vergara- National Scientist  from facebook profile

Aside from the beautiful landscape exhibits and individual plant competition, There will be a commercial area  and Department of Industry ( Laguna)  sponsored booth where one can buy plants, orchids , herbs, garden supplies , agriculture products, native delicacies, handicrafts at a discounted price.

 

Los Baños Horticulture Society show- Urban Forest


Poster of the show

The month of October marked one of the biggest celebrations in Los Baños, Laguna . This is the time of the year when plant lovers , enthusiasts , students , and nature lovers from all walks of life troop to the University of the Philippines , Senior Social Hall .

This exhibit had a nipa hut , potted guzmanias and colorful art graffiti as a backdrop

This is a bi -annual show with the theme “Urban Forest,” the show aims to create a landscape that will demonstrate the many ways to bring the forest into your backyard. special feature plants are are the ferns and foliage anthuriums.


Center piece exhibit with ferns, aglaonemas, anthuriums on display

This year’s show chairperson is headed by Ms. Marina Catipon president of Los Baños Horticulture Society Inc., formerly known as Los Baños Orchid Society along with officers and members and Department of Trade and Industry or DTI ( Laguna) this show featured of ferns, moss, begonias, epiphytic flowering bromeliads, orchids and aglaonemas . the venue at the Senior’s Social Garden inside the campus of UP Los Baños .

the event also coincide the 93rd Loyalty Day and alumni homecoming of University of the Philippines, Laguna .


( This exhibit booth also won Most Creative and First Place in Landscape )


The ‘Iligan Fern‘ or ” Pakong Tagulaylay ” (Nephrolepis acutifolia Desv.1895) is a fern that can produce pendulous fronds up to 6 meters.

Distribution: found in Tropical Africa, Tropical Asia and Pacific Islands .It is also commonly called creeping sword fern, Baidik in Marshall islands . This fern is a native fern found on the wetter atolls of the Marshall Islands. It is sometimes seen hanging downward as an air-plant (epiphyte) from trees in damp areas, such as in the few real mangrove swamps in the Marshall Islands.

Some native people of Marshall islands , there is magical association with the cultivation of this fern.


This exhibit had several bromeliad , anthurium species and hybrids, Platycerium coronarium

There is a free lectures on interesting topics about our forest and the environment will be given during the show. On the opening day, for instance, Ms. Rosa Umali will be lecturing on basic weaving methods using dried water lily and old newspapers to produce slippers, placemats, trays, and shopping bags. The next day, Dr. Armando Palijon of the UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources will discuss indigenous forest trees for urban landscaping.


Second Place in Landscape exhibit

On October 14, Mr. Julian Anjail and Ms.Elvira Teves of the Los Baños Nutrition Action Office will lecture on local vegetable recipes.


potted poinsettias in this exhibit signal the Christmas season

There are landscape exhibits from the Philippine horticulture and ornamental plant industry. There is also a section of commercial area for plants, garden accessories and landscaping supplies.


Malvarosa Orchids exhibit won ” Most Colorful Landscape ”

There is also a portion were native handicrafts and native delicacies for sale.


Principal exhibit with wooden garden furniture as focal point

The special guest during the opening of the show is Mr.Marlo D. Mendoza, Assistant Secretary for Special Projects of Department of Environment and Natural Resources or DENR was the guest speaker during the opening.

The show will run until to October 16, 2011.

Los Baños Horticulture Society -summer show 2011

The Los Baños Horticulture Society (LBHS) show was formally open last April 29, 2011 and will last until May 8, 2011 at the UPLB Seniors Social Garden. Rows of flowering orchids, medinillas, mussaendas,  annuals and perennials covered the UPLB campus.

poster of the show

Like Bulacan, Laguna is the horticulture capital in the southern part of Luzon. Growers from as far as Mindoro, Cavite, Batangas, Quezon, Bicol and even Mindanao would come and visit the place in order to buy some of the exotic ornamental plants, fruit trees and hybrids.

Landscape exhibit executed by well-known landscaper , horticulturist and restauranteur  Mr. Vicente Chin Jr.

Mr. Vicente Chin Jr. had executed the landscape on the main exhibit outside the center hall to emphasize the openness of the area. He is known as the “ Wonderboy ” of Philippine  Horticulture. His vast experience in growing a lot of plants and winning awards from local as well as international horticulture shows earned him this distinction.

Medinilla magnifica or locally called Kapa- Kapa because of the cape -like covering its peduncle . This is an endemic Philippine flowering plant is popular garden plant in the United States , Europe and Asia.

Medinilla is a genus of about 150 species of flowering plants  in the family Melastomataceae, native to tropical regions of the Old World from Africa with  (two species) east through Madagascar  (about 70 species) and southern Asia to the western Pacific Ocean islands. The genus was named after Juan de Medinilla , governor of the Marianas Islands in 1820.

The Philippines had more or less 100 species of this genus represented .

East-West Seed Company exhibit 

The center featured annuals flowering plants and vegetables by the East-West Seed Company to show case their plant products. This is also to promote the company among the visitors of the place. The other area is to show case the Horticulture Cluster of UPLB.  The company had showcased the company ‘s new line of flower varieties such the celosia, marigold, pentas, petunia, zinnia, and vinca plants . Most of the seeds are imported from Netherlands, Thailand and USA.

native products like woven mats, hats, native bags on sale

The theme of the show is “Fiesta sa Laguna” where different landscape designs of the exhibitors had featured important products, fiesta celebrations or features of a town in Laguna. The show also had an individual plant and orchid competition where some of the growers and hobbyists competed for the “ Best Plant in the Show”.

Grammatophyllum multiflorum exhibited by Malvarosa Orchids , this orchid species won ” Best Plant in Show” with over 1,000 blooming flowers !

“Fiesta sa Laguna,” theme highlighted the province’s popular fiesta culture. Aside from horticulture and hot springs, the province of Laguna also boast of popular delicacies such as buko pie, buko candies, Gen-Randy’s popular tarts which had tasty fillings like Buko, Langka, Cheese, Macapuno and Cashew, fresh carabao milk, quesong puti, cassava cake, oraro biscuits, mangoes, sweetened pili nuts, cashew nuts among others.   There is also a section were popular religious and charismatic songs are played.

Rancher’s Club arch erected in 1924

old dairy station

UPLB Dairy bar- This is where freshly pasteurized carabao’s milk and cheese are sold to the general public

Milk Reception Room  – milk from carabao are received in this area

 Philippine Council for Agriculture , Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development or  PCARRD  or  had an interesting booth where various instructional materials are sold to the general public.

booth of PCARRD

Try to visit their website: www.pcarrd.dost.gov.ph/

There is also a public lecture held on April 30, 2011 where Mr. Vicente Chin had lectured “Cooking with Herbs” and on May 7,2011 Ms. Irene Bañez will lecture “ How to Make Accessories using Clay”.  Unlike its Metro Manila counterparts, public lectures in Los Baños are only held on Saturdays. According to the organizers, this is to cut down the cost of lecture, since there are very few people who attend lectures held during ordinary days.

Malvarosa Farm landscape exhibit booth

This year’s landscape booths carried a theme and the atmosphere of a particular town in Laguna. The landscape exhibit of Gintong Talulot featured Los Baños while designer Tony Pajaro focused on the town of Calauan.

Second Prize in Booth Construction executed by Gintong Talulot

The town of Pagsanjan is the theme of Mr. Carlos Valeriano Lazaro. Mrs. Mable Chua had featured the products of Liliw and Exotica Garden of Mr. Ben Vergara  – (National Scientist ) had presented the different colorful bougainvilleas of Bay.

Exotica Garden exhibited different varieties of bougainvilleas earning  the award ” Most Colorful Booth”

VS Orchid landscape exhibit booth showing native woven mats, hats  and decorated with buntings

 The towns of Louisiana and San Pablo Laguna was represented in the landscape designs of VS Orchids and Robel Garden

Forest Wood Garden of Myrna Frago had featured one of Laguna’s main produce that is coconut.  Mrs. Myrna Frago landscape exhibit also won several accolades like “ Most Creative, Most Outstanding Booth, First Prize in Booth Construction and First Prize in Booth Competition.

Forest Wood Garden landscaped exhibit

This exhibit booth included pineapples and mangoes as part of the landscape 

The show’s cast of thousands includes flowering plants such as orchids, African daisies, chrysanthemums, bougainvilleas, medinillas, ferns, bromeliads, anthuriums, tillandsias, and a lot of annuals.

crop science cluster tarpaulin exhibit  featuring modern techniques in horticulture and hybridization process

There is a commercial section were over 50 stallholders from different parts of the country sell their products.

The author together with some friends went to the show last May 1, 2011; humid weather and rains shorten the visit of the group.

For more information, kindly visit the LBHS website at http://www.lbhs-ph.org

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