Plants have a powerful ability to cleanse the air from harmful substances, particularly carbon dioxide. The rising levels of indoor toxins can be lessened, too, with the presence of plants. This holds true that the more plants, the better its effect on the environment.
More than cleaning the air we breathe in, plants likewise lend a very calming and refreshing ambiance. Studies show that indulging oneself in anything green relaxes both the mind and body.
Now, if living in the city has its perks – the bustling business centers, a wide range of resort-like amenities from condominiums and hotels, and shopping hubs and dining options everywhere – it likewise has its downside. With the Metro being spawned by massive buildings, factories, and vehicles, it likewise faces pollution coming from everywhere. The World Health Organization, in fact, reported that Metro Manila contains pollutants in excess tolerable levels. And we – the people living here – need a breather.
An invitation: Hortikultura Filipina 2018 on Feb 2-11
Comes the Philippine Horticultural Society Inc or PHSI. A non-profit organization of plant lovers in the country, PHSI advocates the spreading of enthusiasm for plants. The group aims to promote awareness and appreciation of plant life. It likewise pushes for the preservation and conservation of native plant species. Through its various activities, PHSI boasts of formidable affiliation with international plant communities.
PHSI always pushes for a healthier Metro. Very timely that on its annual celebration of Hortikultura Filipina, the group will hold a massive greenery festival on February 2-11. At the event, there will be a showcase of the country’s own endemic and hybrid plants.
To keep up the excitement, there are reports that to be showcased are some plant species that may cost up to two million pesos. Other activities are: Hortikulturya 2018 trade fair, Ornamental Potted Plants Competition, and Street Dancing. Installation Art, Photo Exhibit of Philippine Orchid Species, Bonsai Exhibit, Terrarium, and Aqua Scape Vivarium Exhibit are added activities. There will also be Garden Tour, acoustic nights, daily lecture and workshop, Orchids Aseptic Culture Exhibit, and daily raffle. Everything will happen at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.
An invitation: start your own garden at home
There will also be an exhibition of several of gardening and horticultural practices in Manila – such opportune time to learn how to grow your own garden at home.
This grand event will not give false promises. As you need not be a plant expert or one with the so-called “green thumb” to cultivate your own garden. You just need to know the basic knows and how’s. This, after all, is one of the goals of the organization – to make gardening and cultivation of plants accessible to everyone!
So, set your calendar for one of the country’s widest greenery festivals, the HORTIKULTURA FILIPINA 2018. And together, let us aim for a healthy Metro by beginning to build our own garden in our homes and communities.
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