Remember Paul from my Plant Clinic post? He and his wife, Michelle, have become avid tillandsia collectors. Michele works at a university with a Centennial Garden and Botanical Park where she happened to find, surprise, surprise, tillandsias. It turns out that the airplants were being brought there and cared for by Joel N., a consultant of the university's Environmental Resource Management and Campust Development Office and another tillandsia lover. He invited Michelle and Paul to visit his collection and I invited myself (hehe) and tagged along.
Joel lives south of Metro Manila and to avoid traffic, we decided to visit him on a Sunday. Here is a quick peek through the grills of Joel's gate. His plot is filled with plants.
Upon entering, tillandsias line your right hand side.
Tillandsia funckiana about to bloom.
More T. ionantha.
Variegated grass. I'm not sure what species, Phalaris maybe?
Variegated grass. Carex sp. (?)
Miniature bloom of an unknown species.
Pot of aloe.
Orchid sp. (Aerides)
Myself with Paul and Joel.
Thanks, Joel, for sharing your plants with us. It is always wonderful when plant lovers show us around their own collections and gardens. I hope to be able to visit his work in the De La Salle University - Dasmariñas campus Centennial Garden and Botanical Park soon.