The Orchid Show in February, Flora Filipina 2012, is the 1st of the bi-annual events conducted by the Philippine Orchid Society. This first one is held with a 2-day conference of the advances in orchid growing with local and international speakers. I am very excited this time, as my friend from Hawaii who is a dendrobium and anthurium breeder is a speaker. After her talk, I left for the landscape exhibit.
The weather was so hot and humid, except for a few minutes of overcast skies. Fortunately, it is just the 2nd day and not so many people are in the exhibit areas. I saw many enthusiasts with big DSLRs who came alone trying to get good shots despite the very bright sun. It is good for them it is not very crowded, most people are in the commercial booths to buy some plants.
The exhibit area is placed inside the Quezon Memorial Circle gardens, also planted with many interesting plants. I actually shot some plants from these areas. I was in the show for practically the whole day, until my feet retired on me. I will show here some of the landscape designs.
The theme posted at the gate of the exhibit area is patterned after the Tourism's slogan:
"there's more fun in the Philippines". The vertical structure is planted with different types of
ferns and bromeliads.
ferns and bromeliads.
Phalaenopsis are the focal plants here, joined by other smaller orchids. The buildings are permanent ground structures which provided the background.
Tne hanging violet dendrobium is our native D. anosmum locally called 'sanggumay', with very sweet fragrance. It makes the area around this design sweetly scented.
This arch symbolizes the Philippine fiesta, where archs are usual structures in approaching a place, a church, a special gathering area, most especially during the traditional 'Santacrusan or Flores de Mayo', where beautiful ladies in formal gowns join a procession of flowers to honor the Saint or the Virgin Mary.
not only orchids are displayed, as this is a bonsai garden
while this is a desert garden
and another cactus garden collection. Naturally planted plants at the site provided background.
There are still other landscape designs, but I was not able to get nice shots of them, so i might not give justice if i post them.