Topic: Let us Surprise You
Date: June 14, 2018
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 AOS 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 Regional Director of
the International Phalaenopsis Alliance, currently celebrating its 25th
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 supplying the raffle table and will be selling plants
at this meeting.
***Members may NOT sell anything at this meeting.
— Jay Collins
Vice President, Programs
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