Garden lovers, rejoice. A big gardening event is coming. This is the Hortikultura Extravaganza 2016 which will be held on February 5 to 15 at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.
The event is under the auspices of the Philippine Horticultural Society headed by Dorie S. Bernabe (in photo below). Actually, the ribbon cutting ceremony will be in the afternoon of the 4th but it will only be open to the public on February 5.
Attending garden shows can be rewarding in a number of ways. You can pick up ideas in landscaping from the exhibits. You come to know about the latest varieties of ornamental plants as well as the edible crops that could be grown in the home garden. You can learn new techniques by attending the daily lectures.
The garden show has three main features that can be educational. One is the landscape exhibits. Another is the commercial section. And the third is the series of lectures. In addition to the three, there will be a parade of floral floats. This will be participated in by King Louis Flowers and Plants, the Villar Sipag Foundation, UP Los Baños, Harbest Agribusiness, Agri-Aqua Network International (AANI), Del Monte and some others.
LANDSCAPE EXHIBITS – Members of the horticultural society form their own groups to compete in the landscape exhibits. Some other garden clubs and companies are also invited to participate in the landscape exhibits for the cash prize and honors. Most groups showcase landscapes using various ornamental plants. There are a few others, however, who make use of edible plants for their landscape exhibits. One example is the exhibit of vegetables grown in containers by East-West Seed Company in Hortikultura 2014. That one won a prize in the corporate category. In Hortikultura 2015, which was held last February, the same company showcased a set up for a garden wedding. East-West Seed also distributes planting materials of flowering plants and it used most of its flowering plants for its presentation.
Harbest Agribusiness, on the other hand, showcased a vertical garden of edible herbs and vegetables. It portrayed how a limited space can be used to produce edibles for the kitchen right in the home. Harbest demonstrated the use of drip irrigation for easy watering of the plants in the vertical garden.
Of course, the landscapers also showcased their talent in coming up with creative ways of landscaping using ornamental plants. The participants are keen in winning in the competition. That’s because if they win, they expect to bag some of the juiciest landscaping jobs from homeowners as well as corporate projects like a resort, condominium buildings and the like.
COMMERCIAL SECTION – This is where the commercial growers as well as the sidelining hobbyists offer their plants for sale. The commercial section is participated in by more than a hundred stallholders not only from Manila but also from the provinces like Davao City, Bacolod and others. The sellers anticipate the staging of the garden show because it offers them an excellent opportunity to sell their merchandise. They really prepare plants that they believe to be bestsellers.
One strategy is to prepare a beautiful high-priced specimen plant grown in a special container. Then they produce many smaller plants of the same variety which are more affordable. If the particular variety happens to be a prize winner in the plant competition, the small propagations could really become bestsellers.
The commercial section is where you will see what is new as well as the oldtime favorites. People aspiring to go into the plant business can observe different varieties which are selling well in the market. And they can also discover which plants are not available in the stalls which they can specialize in as a marketing strategy.
LECTURES AND DEMOS – Garden show goers can also benefit from the daily lectures on various topics that include landscaping, orchid culture, plant pest and disease management, organic agriculture, starting a plant business and others.
This blogger will also conduct a lecture on growing fruit trees in the urban setting. This is growing in containers your favorite trees such as chico, pomelo, calamansi, imported makopa, balimbing, guava and several others.
OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES – Two special features of Hortikultura 2016 are a competition in flower arrangement and painting by high school students. Forty participants will compete in the floral competition. The following day, students will paint the floral arrangements made the previous day. The winners in the floral arrangement and painting will receive their prizes.
See you there at the Hortikultura 2016. It will be open to the public from February 5 to 15.