Hands-on learning combined with traditional learning is a great way for students to learn. Often times when professors want us to learn, they tell us to go look for a book that they’ll recommend and find the information we need in it. Surely, this has been the traditional way of learning. However, some students learn best when hands-on activities are involved. Our organization, the University of the Philippines Circle of Landscape Architecture Students (UPCLAS), offers these learning experiences for the students to learn more about landscape architecture. One of these activities is our participation in the Orchid & Garden Show 2013, which we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity of cooperating in.
Introduced to us by Professor Patrick Gozon, the Orchid & Garden Show 2013 was held by the Philippine Orchid Society in cooperation with the Quezon City Government. The event was open to all who wish to attend. It had the theme “Philippine Orchid Species Revisited”. They had stalls of orchids and other ornamental plants displayed, while several contractors have joined and had their own unique inputs to display. Some made colorful designs that surely caught our attention. Others love the Philippine culture so much that a bahay kubo façade was put up behind their ornamental plants, but for some, showcasing a foreign culture is also great. It was really great to see how creative people can be, but we just had to keep our design simple.
Being part of an activity like this, each one who participated, learned a lot specially the factors that might affect putting up a certain design. Coming up with a concept and/or a theme is crucial because it will dictate how things are going to turn out when your plans are constructed. Resources are also a factor. Without the plants, which we borrowed from Cypress Bomanite, and the hardscape materials we carefully sought, there wouldn’t be a good showcase to put up. It was an honor to be in the Philippine Orchid & Garden Show 2013, and it was a great learning experience for students like us.