June 21, 2024

Landscaping the Ibaloy Heritage Garden

While it is true that Baguio needs face-lifting, the sites where the Panagbenga landscaping exhibition and competition is held, particularly on traffic islands and medians, seem not appropriate.
Landscape plants in these areas that have limited space will not grow well since they are suffocated with gas emissions from motor vehicles. What could be planted are short sturdy carbon-sequesting plants to have a clear view of the roads and placement of legible road directions.
Landscaping, which involves ornamental and edible plants and endemic species that have various growth habits, should be done in parks, like the Ibaloy Heritage Garden at Burnham Park.
Plans have been made to landscape the area but it remains bare and allowed as a parking lot. It will be appreciated if we put efforts in greening the wide space.
There are several landscape designs that could be showcased and to be maintained by all concerned to make Baguio a center of captivating landscape symmetry that draws public admiration. — PERCIVAL B. ALIPIT, Baguio City