Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

"An Introduction to East Asian Cymbidiums"
Michael Hwang

  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 – 7:00 pm8:30 pm

This presentation will provide an overview on the appreciation and cultural techniques needed to grow East Asian cymbidiums. Through this presentation, you'll gain an appreciation of the importance of East Asian cymbidiums in Asian societies and learn to appreciate the unique cultural techniques for growing temperate cymbidium species.

Cymbidium goeringii 'Mebina'

About Michael Hwang

Michael Hwang is an orchid hobbyist, and has been growing orchids for more than 15 years. His family immigrated to Canada in the early 1990s from Taiwan and he is currently living in Toronto, Canada. Michael's orchid collection is composed of mainly Cattleya, Dendrobium, and Paphiopedilum species, and Japanese Cymbidium goeringii. He took a special interest in East Asian cymbidiums when he first started growing orchids, especially Cymbidium goeringii; however, there was very little information in English available on how to grow it (there is still little to none). Since East Asian cymbidiums are considered to be difficult to grow and flower even by the most seasoned orchid hobbyists in North America, he take this as a challenge and is determined to grow and bloom them well in Canada. Over the years, Michael have collected and read numerous books and literature about East Asian cymbidiums in Chinese and Japanese.

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