First Show of the Year

The Philippine Horticultural Society, Inc. launched its garden show Horti 2012 last January 26 at the Quezon Memorial Circle.  This year's theme is "New Trends and Creative Techniques in Gardening". It's the first for 2012.

The honor of ribbon cutting was given to Rep. Cynthia Villar, Mr. Butch Campos and Quezon City vice-mayor Joy Belmonte.

Photo by Emmanuel Santos. From the Facebook page of PHSI.

Below are some scenes from the exhibit area.  It is so difficult to remember to take pictures for this blog when I was already cataloguing in my mind which plants I wanted to take home. The commercial exhibit was calling me.  No easier plant chase than at a garden show, right?

Oh, I've added bigger versions of the pictures to my Gallery for those of you who want to see more detail.

The next pictures were taken especially for my brother-in-law who is a recent plant convert.  He started with bonsai last month and I hope these beautiful specimens inspire him.  However, the first picture is not really a bonsai tree but an impostor and a very good one at that.  It's actually just drift wood decorated with Tillandsia andreanas.

Speaking of bonsai lovers, a shout out to one of this blog's readers, NRJ, who made the rounds of the show with me.  Seeing him at a garden show was a pleasant surprise.

My kind of exhibit.  Look at all those tillies, sans and agaves.

Community Booth with impressive specimens of cycads.

My mom would have loved this next exhibit.  Most of my ferns are from her personal collection.

Exhibit by Fred Salud

Keeping Cool with Mosses & Salaginella

Exhibit of King Louis Flowers & Plants designed by Francis Gener.

Aroids and Arids by Boyet Ganigan and Dr. Jaye Silvestre.  The silver leafed bromeliad at the top and center is an Alcantarea odorata, a plant that is on the top of my plant chasing list.

Visions by top landscape designer Yuyung La'O.  

Last but not the least, Windows of Paradise by Noel Canicula.

For those of you who are interested, the show will be open until Febuary 5, 2012.  Entrance fee is Php20 (equivalent to US 50¢ and € 0.35) only.  

Daily lectures and demonstrations are held every 2pm.  The remaining lectures and demonstrations are as follows:


  • January 30, Monday.  Creative Landscaping by Patrick Gozon of the blog "Our Philippine Trees" 
  • January 31, Tuesday.  Urban Landscaping by David Badilla
  • February 1, Wednesday.  Vertical Landscaping Using Bromeliads by Fred Salud
  • February 2, Thursday.  Creative Bonsai Techniques by the Philippine Bonsai Society
  • February 3, Friday.  Modern Techniques in Orchid Growing by C.V. Lazaro
  • February 4, Saturday (10AM).  Buri Palm and Its Many Uses by Vangie Go
  • February 4, Saturday (2PM).  Saikei and Suiseki by Felicidad Gupit (Tray landscaping and natural stone appreciation.
  • February 5, Sunday (10AM).  New Trends in Gardening by Norma Villanueva
  • February 5, Sunday (2PM).  Money-making Opportunities in Exotic Fruit Trees by Zac B. Sarian of the blog "Agri Zaccess Ideas"

For inquiries, call


  • the PHSI office at +63-2-377-0234 or
  • Mett Metilla at +63-2-939-4593 or +63-917-832-1352 or email him at


For more on the Philippine Horticultural Society, click here.




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