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!

Orchids in Wonderland: 66th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition 2018

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: January 2, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

January Speakers: Carol Klonowski, Jeff Harris, and Erik Sayles - The 2017 World Orchid Conference in Guayaquil (Ecuador)

Carol Klonowski has been growing orchids since the 1980’s when a friend in Berkeley, California, gave her a cattleya and it bloomed out with three big, dark lavender flowers and an intoxicating fragrance. She build an entire greenhouse in her backyard to accommodate the precious plant, which only led her to buy more orchids. Then another friend gave her a gift membership to the
Orchid Society of California and it’s been a serious hobby and passion ever since.

Jeff’s interest in orchids arose over 20 years ago from friends who were already orchid fanatics, who gave him plants as gifts, as well as invited him to travel with them on orchid/hiking tours to various places including Costa Rica, Ecuador and Borneo. As his own collection of plants grew, he was compelled to set up a warm-intermediate greenhouse in his backyard where he could more successfully grow and bloom a variety of orchids – especially vandas and bulbophyllums. He also has a small outdoor cool-growing area under his back deck for masdevallias and draculas. Jeff has been a member in AOS and SFOS since 2009, was SFOS treasurer from 2012-2014, and is the current Vice President and the newsletter editor.

Erik Sayle has been a member of SFOS for about 15 years. He currently serves as secretary on the board – a return to the position, which he held for two years when he first joined. His interest in orchids has “grown” over the years and he now maintains hundreds of (mostly) species outdoors in his yard in San Francisco as well hundreds more in a 16′ x 16′ greenhouse at his family’s place in San Mateo, close to the Bay. He has been renting additional space from Dan Newman’s Hanging Gardens in Pacifica for the past 15 years. Erik is particularly interested in cool and intermediate outdoor orchids such as Himalayan dendrobiums, coelogynes and pleurothallids. He likes warm-growing orchids like bulbophyllums, though doesn’t have much space for them indoors!

Carol, Jeff and Erik will recount stories of their experiences and show you pictures from their travels to 22nd Annual World Orchid Conference held in November 2017 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Carol’s talk will feature highlights of the orchid conference, and include sidelights on how members of our own orchid community contributed to some of the most interesting plants at the show and the exhibits. Orchid growers in the Bay Area will discover how many of the award winning plants can be easily grown right here in their own orchid collections. Jeff and Erik will provide more information on their pre-conference tour of Ecuador including visits to the Ecuagenera nursery greenhouses.

Upcoming Meetings

  • February 2018: Ken Jacobsen – Orchid Travels in Peru
  • March 2018: Theresa Hill – Paphiopedilum Breeding at Hillsview Gardens
  • April 2018: Peter Lin – Cattleya Species and their Culture
  • May 2018: Brandon Tam – Orchids at Huntington Gardens
  • June 2018: Fred Clarke – Australian Dendrobiums
  • July 2018: Lou Jost – topic TBD

San Francisco Orchid Society Membership (New Members and Renewals)

Membership Cost

(tax deductible)

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

How to Apply and Pay

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.

SFOS Member Handbook

SFOS By-Laws

Members can volunteer to help the society prepare for the Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition (POE), 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 Newsletters

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

SFOS Officers

Ron Norris, President
Jeff Harris, Vice President
Erik Sayle, Secretary
Mary Gerritsen, Treasurer (CFO)

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

Support Businesses
That Support the SFOS

Check out our new POE sponsors!

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

Another favorite: Paphiopedilum venustum. Hunting for it at Pacific Orchid Expo: www.orchidsanfrancisco.org/orchid-events/pacific-orchid-expo-poe/ ...

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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.