For gardening enthusiasts, all roads will lead to the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City starting February 3 where Hortikultura 2017 is being staged by the Philippine Horticultural Society headed by Dorie S. Bernabe, chairman, and Norma Villanueva, president.
This will be the first major garden show for 2017 that will end on February 15. The site is the Flower Garden at the East Avenue entrance of Quezon Memorial Circle.
For those who will be looking for plants and garden supplies to buy, there will be two sites of the commercial section. One is at the left side of the entrance while the other is the site for Friends of AANI on the right side adjacent to the entrance ticketing booth.
The stallholders at the Friends of AANI site will make available planting materials of exotic fruit trees, fresh farm produce like fruits and vegetables, herbal wellness and beauty products, organic fertilizers and biopesticides, ornamental plants and many others. On the other side, visitors will find a wide variety of ornamental plants that could range from foliage plants, flowering annuals, orchids and many more.
Of interest to the attendees will be the daily lectures starting from February 3, 2 to 4 pm, with Kurt Tan discussing easy to plant carnivorous plants for the tropics.
Fernando Aurigue (right) who is handing his book to Dorie S. Bernabe will talk on the need to strengthen aroid breeding activities in the Philippines on Feb. 5, 2 to 4 p.m.The next day, the Bureau of Plant Industry will discuss the import and export permit requirements at 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Then from 12 to 2 p.m. Lino Rom will talk on culturing cacti and succulents, to be followed by a lecture by Rey Pimental on selection techniques for ornamental crop breeding.
On Sunday, Feb. 5, from 10 to 12 noon, Rhoda Lodronio of the Villar Sipag Foundation will talk on water hyacinth weaving as a means of livelihood while Robert Villalon will discuss ecological waste management in Las Piñas. In the afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m., Fernando Aurigue will talk on the need for strengthening aroid breeding activities in the Philippines.
On Feb. 6, 2 to 4 p.m., Doreen Dofitas will talk on introducing tillandsia hybrids to the international market. On Feb. 7, Zayra Bulawan will talk on Living Walls in the urban environment.
On Feb. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., Dr. Francisco San Diego and Joseph Bautista will talk on hibiscus breeding, propagation and marketing. The next day, Feb. 9, Mark Angelo Pagdato will talk on orchid conservation strategies from 2 to 4 p.m. On Friday, Dr. Carmela Española will talk on Philippine biodiversity: knowing our natural heritage.
On Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 to 12 noon, there will be a discussion on the health benefits of Ashitaba, followed in the afternoon by talk on virgin coconut oil and extraction of essential plant ingredients.
On Feb. 12, from 10 to 12 noon, Zac B. Sarian will talk on growing exotic fruit trees in container as well as in the ground. These include Longkong and Duku lanzones, Abiu from Brazil, imported makopa varieties, imported mango varieties from Australia, Taiwan, Thailand and Florida (USA). In the afternoon, there will be a talk on CITES and non-CITES plants by the BMB-DENR.
Lastly, on Feb. 13, Romeo Bello Marbella Jr. will talk on growing grapes, Philippine experience.