• Queen of all orchids takes center stage

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    Waling-waling is an endemic Philippine flower

    Waling-waling is an endemic Philippine flower

    The months of August and September area the blooming seasons of the world famous waling-waling.

    Scientifically known as Vanda sanderiana, the waling-waling is also renowned world as the “Queen of all Orchids” because it has greatly influenced the breeding of modern day orchids that are very popular in the orchid-cut flower and potted orchid trade.

    More importantly, it is a specie endemic to the Philippines responsible for giving the large saucer size blooms to its offspring. And, because of this very desirable trait, the waling-waling has been heavily gathered from the wild and is now considered critically threatened.

    Fortunately, the Philippine Orchid Society (POS), through the participation of its members, has undergone efforts in conserving and propagating this endangered orchid that may still exist to this day.

    In celebration of its 68th anniversary, POS will be showing off the lovely blooms of the Queen of all Orchids in its Mid-year Orchid and Garden Show dubbed as “The Great Orchid and Pet Expo.”

    Happening until September 8, the show, in cooperation with the Quezon City government, will be held at the Flower Garden of the Quezon Memorial Circle, Elliptical Road in Quezon City.

    Together with the sought-after waling-waling, the show will feature the best orchid collections of the country’s leading orchid growers set in exquisite landscapes. Daily lectures on orchid and plant culture will be held daily for free and a plant bazaar selling orchids and ornamentals at farm gate prices will be on site.

    Lectures will be part of the celebration including the “Container Gardening and Plant Nutrition” by Allied Botanical Corporation on August 29; the “Cattleya Orchid Growing” by Atty. Hernando Perez on August 30; and “The Ancient Art of Ikebana” by Serapion Metilla today.

    The blooming orchids set in exquisite landscape

    The blooming orchids set in exquisite landscape

    Catch “Growing Monopodial Orchids” by Jun Golamco on September 1; “Tips in Protecting Your Orchids from Pests and Diseases” by Norberto Bautista on September 2; “Common Mistakes in Landscaping” by Jimmy Floro on September 3; “Ornamental Plant Variety Registration with the National Seed Industry Council – BPI” by Dr. Vivencio Mamaril and Dr. Herminigilda Gabertan on September 4; “Wiring and Shaping Tips of Bonsai plants” by Jun Golamco on September 5; “Growing Grammatophyllyum Orchid Species” by Vangie Go on September 6; and “Culturing Feeder Insects as an Alternative Source of Income” by Tifanny Cham on September 7.

    As an added attraction to the Mid-year Orchid and Garden Show, all society members are invited to bring along their pets to the show site on September 6 and 7, to come up with a unique and exciting show for everyone to enjoy.

    Thus, not only will we be enthralled by beautiful orchids and landscapes but also with amusing pets.

    For more information, you may call the POS Secretariat at 9294425 or 09178485468. Look for Jenny Rivera or Jiffy Alegre.

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