published June 8, 2012

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Speakers Day, Puerto Rico

The Florida Caribbean Judging Center, Puerto Rico Site is presenting its First Speakers Day on Saturday, July 21, 2012. It will start with Dr. James Ackerman from The University of Puerto Rico who is going to talk on the status of the native orchids of Puerto Rico. He will be followed by Alan Koch from Gold Country Orchids, who will give a talk on Cattleyas for a tropical environment and by Roy Tokunaga from H&R Orchids with a presentation on tropical Dendrobiums. In the afternoon Glen Decker from Piping Rock Orchids will talk on warm tolerant Paphiopedilums and final talk will be by Fred Clarke from Sunset Valley Orchids who will present a program on Catasetinae. The four speakers from the mainland US will bring plants for sales. Speakers Day will start at 7:30 am with the opening of the sales area. The first lecture will be at 9:00 am. The event will end at 6 pm when the sales area closes. Admission is Free. There will be a $10 charge to cover the cost of coffee and refreshments in the morning, a box lunch at noon and a short coffee break in the afternoon.



The Eighteenth Phalaenopsis Symposium
August 24 & 25, 2012

The Howard Johnson Plaza Altamonte Springs Orlando North Hotel, in Altamonte Springs, Florida will serve as the headquarters for the Symposium, offering a very attractive $69 per night room rate for a single or double bedroom. In addition to dining facilities at the hotel itself, the city boasts a multitude of fine restaurants, several of which are close to the host hotel.

Registration fee for this year Symposium is $89 for IPA members and $104 for non-members. There is also a one-day registration for Saturday only. The Registration Form and additional information is available for download at the IPA website Please be aware of the deadlines, especially for the hotel reservations, as we expect to have a great turnout at the Symposium this year.

Our Keynote Speaker will be Mr. Chen-Chung Chen, owner of Mainshow Orchids in Taiwan. Mr. Chen is well known for his breeding program on Phalaenopsis species and primary hybrids. He has been growing and propagating phalaenopsis for over 30 years. In addition, Mr. Chen, a TOGA judge, has served as the Judging Chair of the prestigious Taiwan International Orchid Show. The subject of his talk will be "Improving on the Basics: Phalaenopsis Species and Primary Hybrids".

Our other three guest speakers will be: Frank Smith, owner of Krull-Smith, Apopka, Florida, who will give us an overview of the hybridizing program in Florida and Dr. David McDaniel of Orchid Classics, Virginia Beach, Virginia. He currently operates one of the best orchid laboratories in the US and will share with us his extensive knowledge of Phalaenopsis hybridizing with a focus on making interesting primary hybrids and intergeneric hybrids using compact Vandaceous plants. Our fourth speaker will be Norman Fang from Norman’s Orchids in Montclair, California, who will explain, in logical detail, how to properly care for phalaenopsis growing in Sphagnum moss.

In addition, on Friday we will have AOS judging and our evening Preview Party with generous hors-d’oeuvres and a cash bar, our traditional Saturday recognition luncheon and auction, and on Saturday evening after the formal close of the Symposium, a barbeque party at Krull-Smith, hosted by Frank Smith. In addition, our Saturday session will include several workshops focusing in greater depth on different aspects of Phalaenopsis growing, ranging from culture to hybridizing to judging.

We are expecting record attendance at this event so early registration and hotel reservations are strongly recommended. For those in the AOS judging program, this event will also qualify for credit in their continuing education. For others who simply want to become better growers and learn more, it’s an ideal opportunity to expand your knowledge of the genus Phalaenopsis, learn new ideas for improving your culture and spend some quality time with other Phal enthusiasts.

For more information contact Carlos Fighetti