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: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

February's Speaker: Wenqing Perner (owner of Hengduang Mountain Biotechnology, Ltd in Sichuan, China) with Paphiopedilum orchids in bloom will speak on "The Rare, the New and the Unusual” - a tour of Chinese orchids

Our speaker in February will be Wenqing Perner, owner of Hengduang Mountains Biotechnology Ltd. of China.
Wenqing is trained as a linguist and psychologist, is fully fluent in English, Japanese, German, and her native language, Chinese. She studied Japanese at university in China and Psychology in Japan, got her Master’s degree in Japan and worked as businesswoman for 8 years in Japan.In 1998 Wenqing married Dr. Holger Perner, a German ecologist and orchid specialist.
In 2001 Wenqing and her husband moved from Germany to Sichuan, China
(Wenqing’s homeland) and worked at Huanglong National Park as a senior
consultant for nature conservation in a German governmental-supported project.  After the project’s end the couple remained in China and
continue to work for the national park, and in parallel ran their own company, Hengduan Mountains Biotechnology, which is focused on the laboratory propagation of slipper orchids and many other genera. The company is the only commercial company in China that could export CITES I orchids to the whole world.
Since 1999 Wenqing and her husband have been leading botanical tours to see
western China’s rare plant flora. Wenqing and Holger have been traveling extensively throughout the world attending orchid shows, and giving talks.
After Dr. Holger Perner’s passing, Wenqing Perner is continuing to run
their company, attends orchid shows and conferences, and leads tours in China.
REMINDER … It is time to pay dues (http://mp.gg/ja905)

Skills Session - Tom Perlite on preparing your plants for display or to sell at the orchid show (POE is only weeks away!)

Opportunity Table provided by Chris Mende and Tony Wells from The Tiny Jungle and Let's Talk Plants

Upcoming Meetings

  • February: Wenqing Perner – a tour of Chinese orchids (plant pre-orders due by Jan 15!) (www.hengduanbiotech.com)
  • March: to be announced
  • April: Chien Lee – Plant-animal Interactions in the Rainforests of Southeast Asia (chienclee.photoshelter.com)

68th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition

Sign Up to Volunteer at POE:


February 20-23, 2020 is POE – 2020 – Orchids in Focus

SFOS Membership

How to Apply

For both new members and renewals, please complete our online member application through Member Planet.

You will need to create a basic account with Member Planet to apply to the SFOS. This is a new process to simplify tracking of our membership dues payments and roster information.

If you want help with this new process, we can assist you at the membership table at the monthly SFOS meetings.

If you cannot use the online process, then please go ahead and mail a check with your contact information to:

SFOS Membership
P.O. Box 27145
San Francisco, CA 94127-0145

Membership Cost

(tax deductible)

  • $25/year (Standard Individual Membership)
  • $40/year (Household Membership)