Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden) Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City- Philippines
After several months of preparation and promotion thru various forms of media – newspapers, television, radio, posters, internet and other social networking sites.
The ingress had started last August 27, 2013. Setting the tents, shade nets for the commercial and exhibit areas. While the secretariat had to bring their office equipments to the pavilion area together with trophies, medals , ribbons and even speakers !
Some commercial exhibitors came in early, The tried to bring their plants , gardening materials and their stocks. Some traders came from as far sa Visayas and Mindanao .
These are Mokaras and Kagawaras orchids came from the First Bloom Farm in Laguna. Some of the orchids were already purchased by landscapers and orchid wholesalers in other provinces.
The mokaras and kagawaras intergeneric hybrids were an old time- favorite among orchid growers and floral arrangers .
Mokara Chark Kuan has been registered with the Royal Horticultural Society in the year 1976 by Lum Chin Orchids , an orchid nursery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The flowers of the Mokara Chark Kuan hybrids get a size of about 7-8 cm in diameter and are available in several colours, like pink, orange and red. a crossing between Aranda Christine (seed parent) and Ascocenda Cholburi (pollen parent)
Their long stalks , colorful bright yellow/ pink/ orange/ red colored flowers and longer vase life makes them ideal to grow them in the garden or in flower arrangements.
This is to avoid the rush the following day. Their efforts were rewarded with people buying their plants . Orders were made by their customers.
Ms. Delia Pionela is one of the “early birds” at the commercial section. A regular participant during plant shows . She had a ready supply of various gardening materials like coco choir, loamy soil, pebbles, driftwood, mosses etc…
She also rents a commercial space within the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation where buyers can purchase plants and gardening materials.
Architect Vergara is an active member of different plant societies. His Waling-waling ( Vanda sanderina / Euanthe sanderiana) paintings were displayed at the lecture area .
Ms. Vangie Go– President of the Philippine Orchid Society personally supervises the landscaping job – She is a perennial winner of various plant and landscaping competition . Mrs. Go was recently invited to judge in Putrajaya, Indonesia and Kadayawan Festival in Davao City.
Some landscape exhibitor and park visitors bought their plants and other materials from the early birds at the commercial section . While serious orchid and plant hobbyists entered their prized plant or orchid collection in the competition.
I took some time taking pictures during the ingress period , then I spotted Ms. Jenny Rivera ( POS Secretariat ) and Professor Serapion Metilla – They gamely pose while i took their souvenir photo.
Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie” Canicula -is a board member of the Philippine Horticultural Society , Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines , also an active member of the Philippine Orchid Society.
Mrs. Susan Lee is a bonsai connoisseur and a collector before joining the Philippine Orchid Society – She had 2 showcase landscape exhibit ( bonsai at orchid) .
Note: The author left the venue site shortly after 6:00PM