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10 Not- All- Green Lessons From Hortikultura Extravaganza Tour

Having been raised in the heart of the Cordilleras, my childhood toys include barks of pine trees, pitcher plants, leaves of mountain shrubs, wild berries, and citrus produces. The Hortikultura Extravaganza Tour opened me to more possibilities of appreciating the wonders of fauna.

Organized by fellow blogger Rence Chan, the Hortikultura Extravanganza Tour brought me to major spots within the famous Quezon City Circle. After the group gathered at Max’s, we went around the gardens feasting upon cactus and other varieties of succulent plants.

Lesson 1: Succulent plants hold water, so you do not need to water them every day. On desert grounds, most plants are succulents. 

Lesson 2: Green houses are a home to cactus plants to protect these plants from the rain. Remember, cactus is a desert plant and should not get watered every day.

There was a parade of flower floats days before the tour as part of the extravaganza. The floats were displayed around the shrine, with people taking photos with the colorflul floats as their background.

Lesson 3: Baguio’s Panagbenga Flower Festival is not the only event, wherein flower floats are a major attraction. Although as once resident of Baguio, I know the fact that Panagbenga offers the best experience for that category.

Moreover, there was a landscaping contest, which for me is literally grand. Select spots in the park have been re-design and decorated by companies and indivuals for a prize. They used many types of plant and ornaments to beautify the spots. And the works are undeniably spectacular to the eyes.

Lesson 4: You can put fairy toys in your garden to put more enchantment on your garden. Jars and fountains are overused and overrated.

As we moved forward, we passed by orchid stalls. All throughout the tour, Rence was generous enough to classify the plants and give scientific names of these. Of course I knew there was no quiz afterwards so I did not care to jot down what he was saying.

Lesson 5: Know the altitude of your house to know which orchid is best in your place. Some orchids for the lowland; others are for the highland. Thus, not all orchids being bought in Baguio's Orchidarium may survive here in Metro Manila.

One of the highlights of the Hortikultura Extravaganza Tour was a glimpse of the new method of reproducing a plant specie. Instead of the usual process of planting seeds, we were shown that plant tissues may be grown on a chemical solution. 

This new technology can be used to protect native plants from extinction. However, there are laws limiting options on this kind of venture.

Lesson 6: Not all plants are native. New technologies allow the modification of the genes of a plant to create varieties of it.

Lesson 7: With just P15,000, you can start the discussed venture.

It was quite an experience to enter the house of former President Manuel L. Quezon. Not all of the stuff inside the house are authentic, as the house has survived decades of ups and downs losing some of its original materials. 

Authentic items inside the house are well-protected and properly-taken cared of to preserve the home of the most powerful man in the country during the American colonization.

Lesson 8: President Manuel L. Quezon may appear tall in pictures, but he was just 5’2”. He died of tuberculosis, and everyone knows that he was a chain smoker.

The final part of the tour was a visit at the Joy of Urban Gardening demo farm, a project of Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte. To combat malnutrition and poverty, the elected official advocates urban gardening. 

The project has partnered with barangays, schools and parishes to help people set up courtyard gardens, and provide free seedlings and tools.

Lesson 9: Kangkong is not just for damp or swamp areas. There is a variety for dry soil.

Lesson 10: Laziness is the real reason why people remain poor. You know that.

Rence is organizing another round of Hortikultura Extravaganza tour. Communicate with him via Facebook to know more about upcoming tours, and explore the lessons that I have learned from the recent tour. CLICK HERE

Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner in Quezon City. He is an Igorot from Sagada, Mountain Province. To get in touch with him, please shoot an email to christianaligonow@gmail.com.


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