Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Founders of Arid and Aroids with Grace Bondad Nicolas

Founders of Arid and Aroids with Grace Bondad Nicolas

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With a 20-hectare nursery in Quezon, business partners Horticulturist Boyet Ganigan and Dr. Fernando Silvestre Jr. are not only helping the community right now by providing affordable, accessible, and local and imported plants, but they are also innovators in their own right.

Many people became Plantitos and Plantitas, people who collect and plant ornamentals, which began last year during the height of the global health crisis to alleviate the anxiety caused by the pandemic. As a result of the growing demand for plants, the arrival and release of various branches of Arid and Aroids became very popular.

First female President of the American Association of the Philippines, Business & Lifestyle writer of various broadsheets nationwide, Entrepreneur, Host, Blogger, and Plantita, Grace Bondad Nicolas interviewed Boyet Ganigan, one of the co-founders of Arid and Aroids, at Silang, Cavite, the main showroom with endangered and one-of-a-kind plants worldwide.

“We have 400 registered resellers and all are very passionate on what they do to serve the customers. We’re here to give accessibility and that’s why we’re checking different sites to put our collection to showcase and sell the Plantitos and Plantitas. Soon we will be in Cebu. We will have soon a one of a kind marketplace where the customers can just use a cart and pick their favourite plants. We will also provide other materials for planting. We just launched our showroom in Alabang and recently finished one in Baguio.” – Boyet Ganigan

The landscaped showroom showcasing the various varieties of local and imported plants is amazing, with Administrator, Vrent Garcia touring around the guests discussing the origin, price, and stories of the plants ranging from local to rare, and from Php 50 pesos to Php 2M per pot.

soon-to-be coffee shop

Under construction is also a soon-to-be coffee shop in the area to cater to guests who simply want to discuss their favorite plants while also enjoying the scenery as if you’re inside the jungle with so many varieties to inspire all plant lovers.

“I am in awe at Arid and Aroids because of the different varieties they are showing to the public. These are precious plants. Not only that, for me as a collector, I’m amazed with the selections. Also, it’s better to visit their branches, choose your fave and bring it home satisfied. Also, very affordable and lots to choose from. I love the landscaped showroom, you’re gonna have an idea on what to do also in your area. Artistic and innovative. Definitely all who will visit will have something after with happiness.”Grace Bondad Nicolas

According to Boyet, what distinguishes these premium plants is that they are not only tended and locally propagated under them, but they are also being offered to the public for the first time. There are new forms, shapes, and types of plant varieties that only the nursery locally propagates, such as a rare philodendron esmeraldense that can be found in the branches but is most endangered in Silang, Cavite.

Arid and Aroids Branches;
  • 520 Hoyo Road, Tartaria, Silang Cavite
  • 9035 Brgy Paco San Rafael, Bulacan
  • Arid and Aroids The Village Square Alabang

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