Welcome to the San Francisco Orchid Society

Welcome to the San Francisco Orchid Society web site. We are lucky to reside in one of the best parts of the country for the cultivation of orchids in the home, greenhouse, and garden. It is our hope that our site, our meetings, and our members will spark your enthusiasm to give this most satisfying hobby a try!

San Francisco Orchid Society Meetings

The San Francisco Orchid Society meets on the first Tuesday of every month.

Located at San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers), adjacent to the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum (at Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, San Francisco).

Plants submitted for American Orchid Society Judging must be entered between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.

Contact SFOS at info@orchidsanfrancisco.org

Next Meeting: May 2, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

May Speaker: Mary Gerritsen - Slippery Tales - Misadventures in Hunting Slipper Orchids

Mary Gerritsen has been interested in orchids for over 30 years since her
post-doctoral days in the late 70’s in San Diego. She has worked in the biotechology industry for many years, developing drugs for autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Now semi-retired, she works as an independent biotechnology consultant and in her spare time, travels as much as she can to see orchids in habitat.

In the past ten years she has gone on orchid trips/treks to various parts of the US and Canada, as well as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Borneo, Western Australia, Thailand and southern and western China. She has also traveled to various parts of Europe/Mediterranean to photograph the terrestrial orchids there.

Mary enjoys writing about orchids, and is a co-author (with Ron Parsons) of two books (Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid World, and A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species). She has also written articles for orchid magazines including Orchids and Orchid Digest. She has a collection of mostly miniature, cool growing species. Mary is currently the vice president of the San Francisco Orchid Society and serves on the board of directors of the Orchid Conservation Alliance.

Plant Opportunity Table: Selections from collections of Dave Hermeyer, Mary Gerritsen and Tom Perlite
Skills Session begins at 7:00 p.m.: Meet with the plant doctors: Tom Perlite and Jason Douglass

Upcoming Meetings

  • June 2017: Dan Newman, topic “Restrepias;” Skills session “Strategic Planning” meeting for all members;
  • July and August 2017: TBD
  • September 2017: Robert Tenberton, topic TBD

San Francisco Orchid Society Newsletters

San Francisco Orchid Society Membership (New Members and Renewals)

Membership Cost

(tax deductible)
$25/year (with Email Newsletter Option)
$45/year (with USPS Mail Newsletter Option)

How to Apply and Pay

You can apply and pay two ways:

Electronically via PayPal (PayPal account is not required)

For both new members and renewals, please complete our online member application, and then submit your payment with a debit or credit card via PayPal.

With a Check and Printed Application

Please print & complete our membership application and send it with a check (made payable to: SFOS) and for the appropriate amount to:

SFOS Memberships
P.O. Box 27145
San Francisco, CA 94127

SFOS Member Handbook

SFOS By-Laws

Members can volunteer to help the society prepare for the Annual Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition, held at the Hall of Flowers (County Fair Building) in Golden Gate Park. The creativity and enthusiasm of our members help make the show a success. Join now and see how you can get started.

San Francisco Orchid Society Library

Literature is available for SFOS members on orchid-related topics at each month’s meetings. For a list of what’s available, please download a copy of our book list below.

—SFOS Librarian Chuck Chan

2017 Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition

Senator Scott Wiener and Mayor Ed Lee give recognition to the San Francisco Orchid Society at the 65th Annual Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition

(left to right, SFOS President Gary Turner, Senator Scott Wiener, Vice President Mary Gerritsen, Promotional Director Frances Larose)

SFOS Officers

Gary Turner, President
Mary Gerritsen, Vice President
Valerie Mountain, Secretary
Treasurer: TBD

For any SFOS related questions, contact info@orchidsanfrancisco.org.

Support Businesses
That Support the SFOS

The San Francisco Orchid Society wishes to thank the following sponsors for their major, ongoing support. Their participation has helped make our show an international event. We encourage you to visit their site.

International Orchid Tours Available

Hey everyone, Ron and I had the pleasure of meeting YouTube sensation Astrid of Astrid's Orchids, very sweet, while in Oregon for their show, and she made a shout out to the San Francisco Orchid Society in her recap video about her purchases from the Oregon Orchid Society's show and sale, check it out! ...

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Since the turn of the millennium, the SFOS has donated over $50,000 in support of local horticultural education and botanical gardens, botanical research, and international conservation efforts.  Many of the organizations the SFOS support include Orchid Conservation Alliance, the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, SF Botanical Garden, UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Horticulture Department, the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park and many more.