I visited the Manila Seedling Bank this afternoon and felt I was being inducted into a secret society of plant lovers in the Philippines!
It was my first time to go to a plant/garden show and didn’t know what to expect, but I should’ve taken the cue from my friend, Lorie, who is a plant lover (and finishing her PhD in Botany this May), that any club of plant enthusiasts would be as gentle, welcoming and just over-all pleasant as she is. 🙂
Got to attend the workshop on “Indoor Gardening” by Mr. Serapion Metilla, a sweet man who made many references to his days as a teacher at the Kamuning School while demonstrating how to make a dish garden. It was the last of the lecture series at HORTICULTURE 2011, an exhibit on “Urban gardens featuring native plants” organized by the Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. (PNPCSI). Ongoing since Jan. 29, last day of the exhibit is tomorrow, February 7.
Mr. Metilla was a very gracious lecturer and even raffled off plants at the end of his talk! Bumped into my friend Mic, who like me was also lucky enough to go home with a beautiful plant for his garden:
These are similar to the vertical gardens I’ve researched online, and am happy to know I now have people to consult for my upcoming experiments!
Today was a great introduction to gardening and also to the people here in the Philippines who have made a love out of gardening. Met a nice lady, Joyce Kato, who invited everyone to the Alabang Garden Show at Narra Park from February 15 to 23. She is a member of the Ikebana Society and will be giving a lecture on Tropical Ikebana.
So many opportunities for learning out there, glad I went out and took my first step in my gardening adventure! If you have time to visit tomorrow, HORTICULTURE 2011 will be open at the Manila Seedling Bank from 8am until 6pm. 🙂