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2019 Phalaenopsis Symposium

Saturday, July 20, 2019
10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Sunday, July 21, 2019
9 am to 2:00 pm
Then Social Hour at Norman’s Orchids from 3:00-6:00 pm.

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA

'Phalaenopsis Symposium'

Scheduled Speakers:
Harold Koopowitz
Michael Gregory Fong
Yang Yang
Orville Hu

Norman Fang

You will be able to see and purchase the newest hybrids and best in
Phalaenopsis Orchids from top commercial vendors.  Phalaenopsis Orchids will be
available from Norman’s Orchids, Yang Yang: Prince Orchids, Yaphon Orchids,
Dennis Huang of Big Tree Orchids, Lioulin Orchids, and Rock Hsia

Tickets (Registration) $100

Dinner $25

Sales Table $150

Registration includes both days of seminars, live auction, distinguished lecture, and social hour at Norman’s Orchids



Harold Koopowitz grew up in South Africa where he attended university, majoring in both Botany and Zoology. He then completed a doctorate at UCLA in California in 1968. A professor at the University of California at Irvine since graduating, he was also the Director of the UCI Arboretum for twenty years. He is now Professor Emeritus of Biology in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCI, where he did research on conservation and ecology. He was also Editor-in-Chief of the Orchid Digest for ten years and still works on the editorial committee of that Journal.

He gardens in Tustin, Orange County, California and is well known internationally for breeding both Orchids and Daffodils. For many years, he was a partner in Paphanatics, unLimited with Norito Hasegawa.

Harold has written over a hundred scientific papers and book chapters as well as many popular articles on orchids. He has also authored eight books. His most recent orchid book is Tropical Slipper Orchids and he is currently working on several new books, including another one on Slipper Orchids.

He also writes fiction, novels and short stories that have orchid themes. Orchid Tales is a compendium of his short stories. His latest adventure novel is The Emerald Orchid about an albino Paph. rothschildianum. He is currently working on a new novel. His books are available on Amazon. Harold will be bringing some of his novels for sale at the meeting. All proceeds from his books go to the Orchid Digest.

Besides writing, Harold’s hobbies include gardening and flower breeding. He is known for his work, breeding new kinds of slipper orchids as well as miniature daffodils.

Harold has been honored by being a recipient of the Herbert Medal from the International Bulb Society; the Orchid Digest Medal for meritorious service to orchids; the Ralph B. White Medal as well as the Peter Barr Cup from the Royal Horticultural Society for innovations in daffodil breeding; the Gold Medal from the American Daffodil Society and the Gold Medal from the American Orchid Society as well as the Westonbirt Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for outstanding achievement with orchids.

He is a well known lecturer on the international orchid circuit. His lecture topic will be “Understanding Phalaenopsis taxonomy.”

Michael Gregory Fong's passion for plants started when he was only 5 years old. That makes for over 35 years of plant growing experience. Through the years he has grown and collected cacti, succulents, carnivores, cycads, bamboos, orchids and ferns. His very first orchid was given to him when he was just 10 years old. Shortly after his first orchid he built his first greenhouse. Since that time, he has been an avid orchid collector with his area of interest focusing on slipper orchids and difficult terrestrials. 

Michael received his MS in Conservation Botany from SJSU.   His work history includes greenhouse management, college professor and most recently Program Manager on The Amazon Spheres Project in Seattle, Washington.

The Amazon Spheres are three spheres that are part of the Amazon headquarters campus in Seattle, Washington. The spheres house over 40,000 plants from over 50 countries.

Michael’s topic that he will be speaking on is “Growing Orchids where the sun don’t shine”

Yang Yang
of Prince Orchids is from Tainan, Taiwan. He has been cultivating orchids since he was in High School over 30 years ago now. He is regarded as one of the best novelty Phalaenopsis breeders in the world. 

He is well known among the phalaenopsis community for his Phal gigantea var alba hybrids. Yang Yang does not like to mass produce his clones, rather he enjoys producing limited numbers to avoid over-produced and mass-produced clones which at times result in mutations.

As of today, he has registered an impressive 200+ Phalaenopsis crosses with most of them being novelty Phalaenopsis.

Yang Yang will be speaking on “New Novelty Phalaenopsis and Phal gigantea alba breeding”


Orville Hu
grew up in Taiwan, where he completed his BS in Horticulture Science before getting his Master’s Degree at The Department of Horticulture from National Taiwan University, majoring in plant nutrition and plant stress management of oriental melons. Based on what he has learned on plant physiology, Orville decided to apply for 1-year international assistance services for one of Taiwan’s partner countries as an assistant agriculture specialist in The Kingdom of Swaziland (Eswatini), Africa. Unlike many of the orchid growers or hobbyists, Orville has not walked into the fantastic world of orchids for dozens of years until he serendipitous started working on orchids after coming back from Africa.

His current position is an assistant researcher at The Division of crop improvement, Tainan District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (TNDARES), focusing on Phalaenopsis breeding, postharvest physiology of Cattleyas and Vandas. He is now also an intern judge in The Taiwan Orchid Grower Association and has served as assistant helping AOS judging in Taiwan International Orchid Show for several years. He does not officially own a nursery but luckily TNDARES provides him with resources and funds to do orchid breeding and research. In return, exhibiting at orchid shows or TOGA and TOBS meetings, Orville has helped TNDARES to receive over 60 trophies.

Norman Fang
Even before 1988, when he received his degree in Ornamental Horticulture from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Norman Fang was already immersed in orchids.  While still a student, he managed the Raymond Burr Orchid Collection on campus.  Two scholarships to study plant tissue culture also allowed him to study under Dr. Murashige at the University of California and Dr. Tanabe at the University of Hawaii.

In 1986, he started his renowned nursery, Norman’s Orchids, based in both California and Taiwan.  His parents, brother and sister soon joined him in the company as it grew, and he wisely was the first to secure the domain name of www.orchids.com.  Exhibiting at shows across the US, he has received more than 400 American Orchid Society flower quality awards and 20 AOS Show Trophies.  In addition, he was honored in 2005 with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Agriculture at Cal Poly in Pomona. 

As the second youngest judge to become fully accredited, Norman has traveled around the world to judge orchid shows, from Asia to South Africa, from Canada to South America.  In 1996, with Paul Bechtel, he initiated AOS Judging at the Taiwan International Orchid Show and since then has served as the AOS Judging Coordinator for the show.  He has also long served as the AOS Representative for the Taiwan Orchid Growers Association.  As a result of these relationships, he has been instrumental in bridging the license agreement with TOGA and the Taiwan Paphiopedilum Society to include their award records in Orchids Plus.

As a former Vice President of the American Orchid Society and having also Chaired their Development Committee, he is currently serving on their Public Relations Committee.  In addition to these AOS volunteer activities, he’s a Founding Member and was the Regional Director of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance, currently celebrating its 25th year.

As an active member of several affiliated societies, Norman is a sought-after guest speaker for society meetings, shows and conferences.  He generously supports Judging Centers, societies and the AOS with generous financial, scholarship and plant donations.

Norman will be speaking on “GMO on Orchids: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”


A special new program designed by Yaphon Orchids for the Orchid Digest and PhalFanatics™ July Symposium.  The program will be presented by Orville Hu.