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Urban Gardener 35

Urban Gardener 35

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The 35th Issue of the Urban Gardener. published by the Plant Biotech Project, Research & Development Center, Rizal Technological University - Mandaluyong City, Philippines (c) August 2011. - In this issue are the upcoming Philippine Orchid Society's Midyear Orchid Show (August 2011), the STARRDEC Summit & Techno-Gabay and an article on the Dragon Fruit.
The 35th Issue of the Urban Gardener. published by the Plant Biotech Project, Research & Development Center, Rizal Technological University - Mandaluyong City, Philippines (c) August 2011. - In this issue are the upcoming Philippine Orchid Society's Midyear Orchid Show (August 2011), the STARRDEC Summit & Techno-Gabay and an article on the Dragon Fruit.

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35th
Issue Vol. 4 No. 8 ISSN 2094-1765 August 2011
UPCOMING MIDYEAR ORCHID SHOW
Promoting Environmentally Friendly Waysof Growing Orchid 
by Norby Bautista
 An Orchid Exhibit booth of Cora Purificacion & Anna Ruth Purificacion-Conde.
The onset of the monsoon rains marks the staging of the 65
th
Mid-Year Orchidand Garden Show of the Philippine Orchid Society (POS). To be held at theQuezon Memorial Circle in Diliman, the POS in partnership with the Quezon CityGovernment will stage the said orchid show on August 25 to September 5, 2011.With the advent of environment consciousness, the show will carry the theme‘Green Living with Orchids’ and will promote environment friendly ways of gardening and orchid growing. This season’s show is usually in time for theflowering season of our very own
Vanda sanderiana
or the majestic Waling-Waling orchid. Also highlighting this event is be the transformation of a part of theQuezon Memorial Circle park into a tropical paradise showcasing the best of thisseason’s blooming orchids with a competition for the search of the ‘BestPhilippine Orchid Species, the ‘Best Waling-Waling’ and the ‘Best Orchid in theShow’.
 
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Botanically speaking,orchids are one of themost advance of allflowering plants andare efficient intransforming carbondioxide into plantmatter. Orchidgrowing andgardening per se isour own little way of contributing inminimizing the effectof climate change,and at the same time,growing these uniqueplant treasures helpsus conserve theseendangered speciesin our own garden. Italso help ustransform amonotonous concrete jungle into aninteresting tropicalparadise, shaded withtrees, lined with coolloving ferns,landscaped withcolorful floweringplants, and adornedwith delightfuluniquely scentedorchid blooms. It is also the role of the POS to continue, promote and encouragethe hobby of orchid growing and gardening in anyway possible as it is aninteresting and income-generating leisure. The orchid growing hobby iscomposed mostly of numerous plant hobbyists, which supports our country’sornamental plant industry. The Philippine plant industry has gone a long way,being highly respected upon by our Asian neighbors as Filipinos often win inlandscape or orchid exhibits, which truly confirms that Filipinos has reallyexcelled also in the art of landscaping and in plant cultivation, especially cut-flowers. Participating in this show is our country’s top orchid and plant collectorsand producers in tandem with the industry’s best landscapers. Free lectures onorchid care will be given daily at 2 p.m. by orchid experts and a plant bazaar willbe set up for those who wish to buy orchids direct from the growers.
 
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Ikebana Flower Arrangement
Ikebana, which means "livingflowers" or “flowers kept alive”, isthe Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known askad
ō
(the "way of flowers"). It isa much complex way of flower arrangement, compared to theusual and people who want to doIkebana have to learn manythings. It is not just about puttingflowers in a vase. Japaneseflower arrangements often havespecial meanings.There are many ways in whichIkebana can be taught. Schoolswhich teach ikebana includesIkenobo, Sogetsu, and Ohara.
(Left bottom) Moribana Basic Upright;
Mechanics:
Kenzan ;
Container:
Round suiban ;
Materials:
Acer palmatum 'Senkaki',Chrysanthemums
Ikenobo is very well known. Untilthe 1930s it was only for upper class people. Ikenobo wasstarted by a Buddhist priestcalled Ikenobo Senkei in the 15thcentury. It uses standing flowers(called "rikka"). It is a Buddhistway of showing the beauty of nature. There are 7 branches.Each branch representssomething in nature, e.g. a hill,valley, waterfall etc. Later, in the17th century, it became simpler and was called "shoka". Shokauses just 3 branches called "ten" (heaven), "chi" (earth) and "jin" (man).Another form of Ikebana is called "nageire". It is used in tea ceremony.

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