Gardening for a better environment
- Kevin G. Belmonte () - November 14, 2009 - 12:00am

(Text and photos by BECKY BUENAVENTURA)

The recent on-slaught of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng caused devastation of properties, the environment, and even death for some of our kababayans. We can only surmised that these may just be the initial ill-effects of climate change due to man’s lack of concern or maybe education on environmental protection. 

Hence, to create awareness of environmental care through gardening and in celebration of the 31st anniversary of the Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines (CSSP), we will be holding a garden show with the theme “Gardening for a Better Environment” from Nov. 20 to 30 at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Elliptical Rd., Quezon City.

The show will be held in cooperation and through the kind support of the Quezon Memorial Circle Administration under the leadership of engineer Zaldy dela Rosa. On top of this event and in full support of our endeavor is our chairman and over-all chairperson Kevin G. Belmonte, co-chaired by our indefatigable president Dorie S. Bernabe.

The various heads of the standing committees are Boyet Ganigan and Rap Eugenio, landscape and physical arrangement; Tess Baldonado and Sally Obien, commercial lease; Kevin Belmonte, judging; Mely Sibayan, finance, awards and invitations, Nanding Aurigue and Peter Bangayan, plant registration and awards; Serapion Metilla, education and publicity; Becky Buenaventura, opening ceremony, programs and secretariat; Elisa Montecastro, souvenir programs; Norma Villanueva, secretariat, raffle and marketing; Botchie Canicula, invitations; Jeff Patiag and Nolie Perez, security; Aireen Bernal and Lita Meneses, cleanliness; Lettie Ligon and Linda Khitri, ways and means; and Mameng Florento, reception.

The exhibit will include the following activities: A xerophytic (cacti and succulents) landscape from five exhibitors, and 14 dish garden landscape exhibit, a showcase of 15 ornamental plants exhibit, a table exhibit of the rarest cacti and succulents, and a special booth for the collection of our avid succulent enthusiast, president Dorie Bernabe. Another feature for plant lovers is our commercial section for plants and other garden products together with a Christmas bazaar. Expect to see products from Ilocos Norte, Baguio and Rizal. There are still a few commercial spaces available for those who are interested.

On a daily basis, two lectures and demonstrations will be conducted at 2 p.m. The topics on cacti and succulents cover lectures on “Basic Care of Cacti and Succulents, Caudiciforms and Other Unusual Succulents,” “Growing Cacti and Succulents in the Tropics,” “Care and Propagation of Hoya, and Indoor Plantscaping.” Other topics include “Money Making Opportunities in Farming and Gardening,” “Causes and Effects of Climate Change,” “Zero Waste Management,” “Penging, the Art of Bonsai,” “Urban Agriculture,” etc. ( Please refer to the complete schedule below).

The opening day ceremony on Nov. 20, at 3:30 p.m. will be graced by Quezon City Mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, Vice Mayor Herbert Bautista and Joy Belmonte.

We invite you to come and visit our exhibit. Attend and participate in our daily lectures and demonstrations. Raffle prizes of plants and plant- related items await the lucky participant.

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For inquries, call Becky at 842-5035, SMS 0917-8154779, e-mail:, or Mely at 929-1744, SMS 0917-5333809


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2 p.m.

4 p.m.

Peter Bangayan

Anna Ruth Conde

Basic Cared of Succulents

Caudiciforms and other Unusual Succulents

Nov. 22

2 p.m.

4 p.m.

Tess Baldonado

Serapion Metilla

Care and Propagation of Hoya

Indoor Plantscaping

Nov. 23

2 p.m.

4 p.m.

Zac Sarian

Tere Saniano

Money Making Opportunities in Farming and Gardening

Natural Gardening/ Farming Inputs


2 p.m.

4 p.m.

Edwin Noza

Nanding Aurigue

How to Combat Dengue out of Weeds

Producing Mutant Plants through Gamma Radiation

Nov. 25

2 p.m.

4 p.m.

Egay Littaua

Kevin Belmonte

Floral Arrangements for Various Occasions

Growing Cacti and Succulents in the Tropics

Nov. 26

2 p.m.

4 p.m.

Nita Abaquin

Adela Ang

Zero Waste Management

Wheat Grass for your Health

Nov. 27

2 p.m.

4 p.m.

Mody Manglicmot

Joyce Kato

Basic Bonsai

Simplicity and Minimalism of Ikebana


2 p.m.

4 p.m.

Edna Palad

CV Lazaro

Water Hyacinth, Nuisance to Usance

Orchids Pangkabuhayan

Nov. 29

2 p.m.

4 p.m.

Vic de Rona

Gregorio dela Rosa

Penging, the Art of Bonsai

Climate Change, Causes and Effects

Nov 30 2 p.m. David Ballilia Urban Agriculture








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