Register now for the International Speakers Day: A Virtual Experience

Hosted by The Paph Forum & The Paph Guild

        March 20, 2021, from 12:30 - 5:30 PM EDT

$30 - Register here to join!



A Virtual Paph Forum, March 20, 2021


This event will feature 4 notable speakers from the Netherlands, China and the US.

A recording of the presentations will be available, in case you are not able to participate in the live event.


Our 2021 speakers:


Michael Tibbs, Exotic Plant Company, The Netherlands

An Update on Paphiopedilums in Europe

Photo of Michael Tibbs with a Paph orchid

Michael's orchid career started in the early 1980;s 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 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

Photo of Wenqing Perner

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

Photo of Frank Cervera

Frank's presentation results from a 25-year sojourn to the jungles of Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, 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

Photo of Ross Hella

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.


Vote for the People's Choice Award.

Voting for the People's Choice Award is now open!  Click on the link to view the entrants and pick your favorite.  The top three plants' owners will receive a free year of membership in the Slipper Orchid Alliance and the top plant's owner will receive the People's Choice trophy.  Voting ends at 11:59 PM EDT on March 19th.  We will announce the winner at the Paph Forum on March 20th.