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Gardening enhances environment, also a good source of livelihood

March 20, 2010

October 23, 2009, 3:59pm

The forthcoming garden show of the Cactus & Succulent Society of the Philippines (CSSP) aims to educate and to make each one aware of the importance of gardening that will redound to a better environment. Growing ornamental and other plants like vegetables and fruit trees is also a good source of livelihood.

This was emphasized by Dorie S. Bernabe, CSSP president, as she announced the holding of a garden show and pre-Christmas bazaar on November 20 to 30 at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

She said that the show will be participated in by the Philippine Orchid Society, the Philippine Horticultural Society, Fern and Nature Society, Kapisanan ng Mga Pinoy sa Sining ng Bonsai and a group of stone lovers. The show is fully supported by Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte and the Quezon Memorial Circle Administrative department. The Manila Bulletin is also a major media sponsor.

The show will demonstrate that cacti and many other plants could be a source of ilivelihood for big as well as small backyard entrepreneurs. Gardening is actually providing a reasonable source of income for enterprising homemakers, housewives, retirees and also youthful entrepreneurs.

Bernabe adds that “as genuine plant enthusiasts, our thrust is to encourage our countrymen to take part in the conservation, care and propagation of our plants and trees, and the protection of the environment. In our little way, we would like to continue our advocacy to be a catalyst in protecting our land and the future generation from the ill-effects of climate change due to lack of awareness and understanding of our role in environmental protection.”

Daily lectures, two every day, will be held during the show starting at 2 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 21, Peter Bangayan will talk on the basic care of succulents while Anna Ruth Conde will discuss caudiciforms and other unusual succulents.

On Nov. 22, Teresa Baldonado will talk on the care and propagation of Hoyas while Serapion Metilla will lecture on indoor landscaping.

On Nov. 23, Zac B. Sarian will talk on money-making opportunities in farming and gardening while Tere Saniano will talk on natural gardening and farming inputs.

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Edwin L. Noza will talk on how to combat dengue out of weeds while Fernando Aurigue will talk on how to produce mutant plants using gamma irradiation.

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, Egay Littaua will demonstrate floral arrangements for various occasions while Kevin Belmonte will talk on growing cacti and succulents in the tropics.

On Nov. 26, Thursday, Tita Abaquin will talk on zero waste management while Adela Ang will lecture on wheat grass for health.

On Nov. 27 Modesto Manglicmot will discuss basic bonsai while Joyce Kato will demonstrate simplicity and minimalism of Ikebana.

On Nov. 28, Edna Palad will talk about water hyacinth from nuisance to usance while C.V. Lazaro will talk on orchids as a source of livelihood.

On Nov. 29, Vic de Rona will demonstrate Penjng, a form of bonsai art while Antonia Y. Loyzaga will talk on climate change. On the last day, Nov. 30, David Balilla will talk on urban agriculture.

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