I haven’t been posting articles lately since we are focusing on some home improvement activities. One project we started working on is converting a part of our house into a Traveler on Foot-themed patio where we plan to display souvenirs and mementoes we have brought home from our travels.
We are so inspired with the landscape we saw during our Viaje del Sol that we wanted to recreate the experience at home. A major characteristic of the gardens featured in Viaje de Sol destinations are the blending of nature and art in a rustic environment. Since we are not landscape artists or interior designers, we are doing this project based on the little “creativeness” we have in our hearts.
Since we are working on a patio overlooking a small garden, first thing on our to-do list is to get some ornamental plants. So during one rainy weekday last week, we headed for the Manila Seedling Bank compound in Quezon City to get planting supplies.
The Manila Seedling Bank Foundation in a non-government organization established in 1977 as a seedling producer aimed to contribute to the country’s efforts in greening the environment. Today, the sprawling lot has been rented out to plant dealers selling varieties of ornamental as well as edible and flowering plant life, landscaping materials and gardening tools.
What is remarkable about the Manila Seedling Bank compound aside from the affordable plants and gardening supplies are the garden themes. A walk around the garden stores is like entering secret gardens which showcase different landscaping styles.
We wanted to get some water plants like the quiapo and allow it to float on the aquarium but I was told by the plant dealer that water plants require direct sunlight. Thus, the plan of having a Pandin or Sampaloc Lake aquarium was cancelled from our design plan. Instead we have chosen potted plants that will most likely to survive in partially shaded areas like the fortune plant, money tree, and different kinds of ferns and palms and cacti.
The Manila Seedling Bank is located just across Bantayog ng mga Bayani along Quezon Avenue corner EDSA. Vehicle entrance is along Agham Road.