A 'Garden Wedding' in Laguna


(The Philippine Star) Updated April 17, 2010 12:00 AM

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White Candle (Whitfieldia longiflora) is an attractive pure white inflorescence. The Los Baños Horticulture Society (LBHS) will hold its summer show from April 23 to May 2 in Los Baños, Laguna.

MANILA, Philippines - The Los Baños Horticulture Society (LBHS) will hold its summer show from April 23 to May 2 in Los Baños, Laguna.

This year’s theme is “Garden Wedding.”

Marina Catipon, LBHS president, says there will be interesting lectures during weekends at 3 p.m. Vic Chin will talk on “Wedding Cake Decoration Using Fresh Flowers.” Another interesting topic is the plants and garden accessories — seeds, seedlings, flowering plants, garden bells, and lamps — as wedding giveaways.

The landscape exhibits will be headed by Baby Spowart of VS Orchids. CV Lazaro is the exhibit chair. Vic’s Orchids & Ornamentals, Valesol, Flower Box, Gintong Talulut, Exotica, Varunee Garden, Robelle Garden, Malvarosa, Earth Keepers, DAP, Tony Pajaro, Mabuhay Orchids and Genesis will showcase their arrangements in the center hall.

Special guests are Dr. Monina Siar, noted specialist on Hoya, Mussaenda and other ornamental plants; and Danny Tiu, author of Grammatophyllum of the Philippines, which was recently published by PCCARD. The book will be on sale during the garden show. Dr. Siar has identified many new Hoya species and her new selections of Mussaenda have produced vigorous and ever-blooming cultivars like Mussaenda Ermerlinda Roman.

Madevilla Crimson Red will also be on sale. This is the latest Mandevilla that has been propagated and is doing well in the nursery of Vic Chin. Limited plants of Giant Xanadu, White Candles, White Crossandra, Spotted Dracaena will also be available.

Seedlings of Mama Sita Makopa and Mama Sita Banana will also be on sale. Both fruit crops were sold out during the last garden show. Those interested in exotic fruit trees can check the booth of Bert Coronel, Norma Lopez, and Mario Monakil. For orchids, check out the booths of VS, Mabuhay, Malvarosa, and Gintong Talulot. And since the plant feature of the show is “Orchids and Flowering Plants,” potted flowering plants and orchids will be available. Foliage plants are the specialty in the booth of Rey Catipon, Edgar Andales, Earthkeepers and Marina Catipon.

Bahaghari artists, former illustrators of Los Baños, will show their latest creations.