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Michael Tibbs, Exotic Plant Company, the Netherlands
An Update on Pahiopedilums in Europe
Michael’s orchid career started in the early 1980s in the UK with McBeans Orchids and the Eric Young Foundation. He is an accredited judge for both the American Orchid Society and in Kenya and South Africa. He has lectured worldwide and is the author of 15 books on various orchid subjects. Michael currently heads the Orchid Conservation Project in Rwanda for Singita.
Wenqing Perner, Hengduan Mountains Biotechnology, China
Saving China’s Slipper Orchids Through Sustainable Conservation
Wenqing and her husband Holger moved to China in 2001, working as consultants, and then developed their own company focused on propagating Chinese slipper orchids and many other orchids. Wenqing, after Holger’s passing, has continued running the company. She travels extensively, lecturing worldwide, and leads two to three botanical tours in China each year.
Frank Cervera, Biologist, New York
Phragmipedium schlimii, a New Look at an Old Species
Frank’s presentation results from a 25-year sojourn to the jungles of Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil, studying the genus Phragmipedium, its taxonomy, ecology, and culture. Frank has had the unique opportunity of going straight to the source and examining the plants and flowers. Frank currently works in the financial services industry in New York.
Ross Hella, Deerwood Orchids, Minnesota
Breeding Miniature Paphiopedilums
After growing a variety of orchids for 25 years, in 2001, Ross decided to begin hybridizing paphs, concentrating on smaller-growing plants. In 2010, with orchids literally growing in every room, Ross and his wife, Julie, built a greenhouse and started Deerwood Orchids. They have received numerous flower quality and culture awards.
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