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, January 8, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.

January Meeting: Dan Newman

Topic: Hanging Gardens: Worts and All

Miltonia moreliana and Dan

Every growing environment has its microclimates. By developing an understanding of the conditions in different parts of the growing area, we can position individual plants where they have the best chance to flourish. Sounds simple, but in practice, the process is more complicated as Dan will explain. It involves a lot of trial and error, ongoing observation of results, and the willingness to make changes when needed – the last part being maybe the hardest!

After 15 years in his current greenhouse, Dan believes that he has made progress in some areas, but fallen behind in others.  Whoever said orchids thrive on neglect must have been growing the plastic kind!  The presentation will offer a look at different environments in the Hanging Garden’s greenhouse and some of the things that grow there, with a candid discussion of what works and what doesn’t.  He will also look at some of the dilemmas encountered in the continuing effort to become a better grower (or at least not a worse one). 

About Dan

Dan Newman started growing orchids in 1982. His first successful subject was a Dendrobium hybrid bought as a tiny seedling at a lei stand in the Honolulu Airport. When that plant finally grew up and bloomed a few years later, he was hooked! By 1996 he had 350 orchids in a one-bedroom apartment. That year he moved his plants into a rented commercial greenhouse in San Francisco. He took over the large species collection of his friend and orchid mentor, Walter Teague, and his hobby evolved into his nursery, Hanging Gardens. Dan started growing orchids full-time in 2000, and moved to a larger greenhouse in Pacifica a few years later. Most of his plants are cool to intermediate growers (really warm growers are challenging in Pacifica, but it’s hard to resist trying a few). Species orchids make up his core collection and most of his sale stock. He also grows a variety of companion plants, which share the natural habitats of orchids.

Dan joined the San Francisco Orchid Society in 1987 and served as its president in 1996/97. In recent years, he has spoken on a variety of topics to orchid societies in California and elsewhere.

SFOS President Jeff Harris

Message from the President – by Jeff Harris

I enjoyed seeing so many of you at our annual holiday potluck dinner Dec 4th – we had a good turnout, tasty food and lots of plants on the opportunity table – thank you to all who brought plants for that.  I think everyone left with at least one nice “gift.”

We have a lot happening as the new year begins – so please join in!

And start prepping your spiking plants to bring to the displays at Filoli, POE and SF Flower and Garden show in March – if you do not know what I mean – ask me!

Weds Jan 2nd – the next POE show committee (virtual “Zoom”) meeting is from 7-8:30pm – are you a chair or co-chair a POE activity? You should call in – if you have not already gotten an email invite – let me know and we will get you the info – and if you are curious and considering stepping up to do more – you are welcome to call in and see what sounds like a good fit for you.  Almost every aspect of the show needs more volunteers.

We have a POE 2019 sign up sheet at: http://signup.com/go/nYxkgeo

Tues Jan 8th is our next general member meeting – NOT Jan 1st.

Remember we bumped this meeting out this one time to the second Tuesday to avoid meeting on new year’s day given concerns raised by many who could not attend.

We need more members to contribute display plants, and help setup, staff and take down the Filoli orchid show displays (filoli.org) from Jan 10th through the 21st.

Remember you can get a free pass to tour the rest of Filoli on the days you volunteer to staff our display!

We really need your involvement – if you have some blooming plants you would contribute to the display, but need help getting the plants to Filoli – let Ron Norris or me know – and we will work something out.

We have a Filoli sign up sheet at: http://signup.com/go/imMzcXH

Also you should expect to get an email prompting you to pay your dues from MemberPlanet after New Years – but you can pro-actively check out your profile/status and renew early at: mp.gg/ja905

Happy Holidays.

See you in the New Year!


Upcoming Meetings

  • Jan 8, 2019: Dan Newman
  • Feb 2019: Stig Dalstrom – Paphiopedilums of Bhutan
  • Mar 2019: Santiago Ramirez – Orchids and Bees
  • Apr 2019: Harold Koopowitz

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.

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

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

Jeff Harris, President
Erik Sayle, Vice President
Jeremiah Chua, Secretary
Faye Rabino, 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

Unable to display Facebook posts.
Show error

Error: (#4) Application request limit reached
Type: OAuthException
Code: 4
Please refer to our Error Message Reference.

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.