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Garden people you’d love to meet in Davao

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to cover the Kadayawan Farm and Agri-trade Fair in Davao City which is actually a garden show where horticultural exhibits are staged and where commercial as well as hobby gardeners sell their products. The show is ongoing and will end on August 31.

The ornamental horticulture industry is very much alive in Davao City and beyond. At the garden show no less than 400 gardeners and traders are offering their goods to the public. These include a lot of orchids, all kinds of flowering and foliage ornamental plants as well garden supplies.

  • GRAND WINNER IN DAVAO GARDEN SHOW – Salvacion Uy Leuenberger, lovingly nicknamed Sally, is the winner of the most number of prizes that include top prizes in different orchid competition categories at the Kadayawan garden show which runs through August 31, 2016. Her Waling-waling got the First Prize in its category. Her Vanda Dr. Anek x Vanda Pompinol was adjudged the Best Orchid In the show. Her exhibit booth also garnered the First Prize. Sally is a CPA who used to operate an accountancy office and also taught accounting in college gave up the practice of her profession to put up Sul Orchids to engage in commercial orchid farming. She is shown here posing with her prize-winning Waling-waling.

    GRAND WINNER IN DAVAO GARDEN SHOW – Salvacion Uy Leuenberger, lovingly nicknamed Sally, is the winner of the most number of prizes that include top prizes in different orchid competition categories at the Kadayawan garden show which runs through August 31, 2016. Her Waling-waling got the First Prize in its category. Her Vanda Dr. Anek x Vanda Pompinol was adjudged the Best Orchid In the show. Her exhibit booth also garnered the First Prize. Sally is a CPA who used to operate an accountancy office and also taught accounting in college gave up the practice of her profession to put up Sul Orchids to engage in commercial orchid farming. She is shown here posing with her prize-winning Waling-waling.

  • TRENDSETTERS – Vicky Jimenez (left) and Monina Abadilla are pillars in ornamental horticulture in Davao. Vicky runs her own nursery of rare ornamentals while Monina is often called the trendsetter in the plant business with her large collections of multi-crown bougainvilleas, huge Adeniums and rare cacti and succulents.

    TRENDSETTERS – Vicky Jimenez (left) and Monina Abadilla are pillars in ornamental horticulture in Davao. Vicky runs her own nursery of rare ornamentals while Monina is often called the trendsetter in the plant business with her large collections of multi-crown bougainvilleas, huge Adeniums and rare cacti and succulents.

  • FOLIAGE ANTHURIUM BREEDER – Mario Atillo is a familiar personality in Davao garden shows although he is based in South Cotabato. He is an agriculturist who has been in the ornamental plant business for many years. He is focusing his efforts on breeding foliage anthuriums with Black Marie from Ecuador as stud plant.

    FOLIAGE ANTHURIUM BREEDER – Mario Atillo is a familiar personality in Davao garden shows although he is based in South Cotabato. He is an agriculturist who has been in the ornamental plant business for many years. He is focusing his efforts on breeding foliage anthuriums with Black Marie from Ecuador as stud plant.

  • RARE FOLIAGE ANTHURIUM – Mae Magnaye of Naye’s Garden is shown here with her prized Golden Variegated Wave of Love foliage anthurium at the Kadayawan garden show. There are just a few of this mutant variety in the market that is why it sells for a high price. She is not selling her plant in photo although a landscaper from Baguio has been interested in buying the same. Another exhibitor at the garden show sold for R10,000 a smaller version than the one in photo.

    RARE FOLIAGE ANTHURIUM – Mae Magnaye of Naye’s Garden is shown here with her prized Golden Variegated Wave of Love foliage anthurium at the Kadayawan garden show. There are just a few of this mutant variety in the market that is why it sells for a high price. She is not selling her plant in photo although a landscaper from Baguio has been interested in buying the same. Another exhibitor at the garden show sold for R10,000 a smaller version than the one in photo.

  • BONSAI SOCIETY PREXY – Salvador Barraca, a.k.a. Rocky, is the president of the Davao Bonsai Society that counts on a membership of about 50 aficionados. He is an engineer connected with a telephone company. Many of the Davao bonsaists love to make Tugas or molave bonsai.

    BONSAI SOCIETY PREXY – Salvador Barraca, a.k.a. Rocky, is the president of the Davao Bonsai Society that counts on a membership of about 50 aficionados. He is an engineer connected with a telephone company. Many of the Davao bonsaists love to make Tugas or molave bonsai.

  • PLANT BUSINESS VETERAN – Cirilo ‘Ching’ Chua is a veteran in the plant business based in Davao City. He goes for bromeliads, orchids, flowering and foliage ornamental plants. He says that his plant business has paid for the college education of two of his children. The youngest is still enrolled in college.

    PLANT BUSINESS VETERAN – Cirilo ‘Ching’ Chua is a veteran in the plant business based in Davao City. He goes for bromeliads, orchids, flowering and foliage ornamental plants. He says that his plant business has paid for the college education of two of his children. The youngest is still enrolled in college.

  • HUGE ADENIUMS – The large Adeniums (used to be known as Bangkok kalachuchi among local gardeners) were rarely seen in the Philippines before Monina Abadilla introduced them into the local gardening scene. Monina was also responsible in popularizing the bougainvilleas with different varieties grafted unto huge trunks. Likewise, she  introduced many cacti varieties in big numbers. That is why she is called the trendsetter in the horticulture industry. She participates in garden shows not only in Davao but also in Manila and other places.

    HUGE ADENIUMS – The large Adeniums (used to be known as Bangkok kalachuchi among local gardeners) were rarely seen in the Philippines before Monina Abadilla introduced them into the local gardening scene. Monina was also responsible in popularizing the bougainvilleas with different varieties grafted unto huge trunks. Likewise, she introduced many cacti varieties in big numbers. That is why she is called the trendsetter in the horticulture industry. She participates in garden shows not only in Davao but also in Manila and other places.

  • HALL OF FAME AWARDEE – Ven Gallego is the president of the Mindanao Floricultural and Ecological Development (Minfed) which has collaborated with the Floriculture Industry of Davao Inc. in staging the 2016  Kadayawan Farm and Garden Agri-Trade Fair which will end on August 31. A retired employee of the Philippine Coconut Authority, he is into big time production of bromeliads, rare palms, orchids and many other horticultural species. He is a two-time Hall of Fame awardee in ornamental horticulture. Ven is shown here posing with his exhibit at the garden show.

    HALL OF FAME AWARDEE – Ven Gallego is the president of the Mindanao Floricultural and Ecological Development (Minfed) which has collaborated with the Floriculture Industry of Davao Inc. in staging the 2016 Kadayawan Farm and Garden Agri-Trade Fair which will end on August 31. A retired employee of the Philippine Coconut Authority, he is into big time production of bromeliads, rare palms, orchids and many other horticultural species. He is a two-time Hall of Fame awardee in ornamental horticulture. Ven is shown here posing with his exhibit at the garden show.

At the garden show, we saw a lot of interesting plants, some very rare for the plant collectors while others are the favorite varieties for landscaping in homes and big commercial projects.

If one is interested in a wide variety of orchids in volume, the person to see is Sally Leuenberger. She is a well known CPA who used to operate an accountancy office and also taught accounting in college. But several years back, she gave up the practice of her profession to go into full time commercial orchid culture. Her Sul Orchids is well known for her Waling-waling, other vanda species, dendrobiums and other genera.

At the garden show, Sally garnered most of the top prizes in the different orchid competition categories. For instance, her plants won the first and second prizes in the Waling-waling category. Her strap leaf  vandas won all the first, second and third prizes in their category. In the mixed genera category, she also garnered all the three prizes. It is only in the dendrobium category that she didn’t get the top prize, only the second and third prizes. But her Vanda Dr. Anek x Vanda Pompinol was adjudged the best orchid in the show. Her exhibit booth was also the first prize winner.

Ven Gallego is another pillar in the horticulture industry in Davao. A retired employee of the Philippine Coconut Authority, he is now into big time production of bromeliads, palms and cycads, trees for landscaping and others. He is a two-time Hall of Fame awardee in horticulture.

Monina Abadilla is often referred to as the trendsetter in the ornamental horticulture business. She was the lady who first popularized the multi-crown big bougainvilleas from Bangkok. These are bouganvilleas with big trunk into which different varieties are grafted, producing flowers of different colors. She is also known for her introduction into the local market the big specimens of Adenium, the small flowering tree that most Filipinos had been referring to as Bangkok kalachuchi.

We met other interesting garden people at the Kadayawan show. One of them is Matio Atillo of South Cotabato who is specializing in growing and breeding foliage anthuriums. One interesting stud plant he is now using for breeding is Black Marie with dark foliage from Ecuador.

Angel Puentespina is another interesting garden person you’d like to meet in Davao City. He is taking charge of the orchids and ornamentals business of the Puentespina family which is into different agri-related endeavors, including goat dairying, cacao production, garden resort and others.

Then there are Vicky Jimenez, Silva Alegria, Mae Magnaye, Ega Cordero, Beth Aton, Alfred Abrenica, Regina Cespedes, Edna Tadiaman, Cirilo Chua, Mark Onari and others. They are all avid gardeners.

If you are looking for molave bonsai, look for Salvador “Rocky” Barraca who is the president of the Davao Bonsai Society. Molave which is known as Tugas in Davao is the favorite species for making bonsai. Rocky does not sell his own bonsai but his members do.