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!
Welcome to the San Francisco Orchid Society
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 email@example.com
Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
June Speaker: Fred Clarke - Australian Dendrobiums and their culture
Join us for Fred Clarke’s presentation on Australian Dendrobiums and their cultivation. These orchids from down under flourish in the Bay Area and are not commonly found at your local box store. Aussie Dendrobiums are easy to grow, tolerant of heat and cold, have fragrant flowers, and re-bloom from the old bulbs!!! They grow well with Cattleyas and in frost free areas they are perfect plants for the shade house. Fred will also cover the best practices for growing these remarkable plants to help you achieve the very best results.
Fred Clarke has been growing orchids for 40 years and has been hybridizing for 37 of those years. With over 35 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in Vista, California.
He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Aussie Dendrobium and Paphiopedilum hybrids.
His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric hybrids led to the development of several notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced one of the blackest flowers ever witnessed. This grex has received eight FCCs, eight AMs and the coveted AOS Award of Distinction on the first flowers shown for judging!
Fred is an Accredited Judge in the Pacific South Judging Region. His plants have received hundreds of quality awards from the American Orchid Society.
Skills Session at 7pm: Dean Hass of Botanico will lead a Q&A session on general repotting and deflasking.
- June 2018: Fred Clarke – Australian Dendrobiums
- July 2018: You be the judge – AOS judging workshop
- Aug 2018: Sharman O’Neill – Vanilla!
- Sept 2018: Norman Fang – Development of the Harlequin Phalaneopsis
- Oct 2018: Kay Klausing – Orchid viruses
- Nov 2018: Harold Koopowitz – Breeding The New Miniature Slipper Orchids
- Dec 2018: Holiday Party
- Jan 2019: TBA
- Feb 2019: Stig Dalstrom – Paphiopedilums of Bhutan
- Mar 2019: Santiago Ramirez – Orchids and Bees
San Francisco Orchid Society Membership (New Members and Renewals)
- $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:
P.O. Box 27145
San Francisco, CA 94127-0145
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
Jeff Harris, President
Erik Sayle, Vice President
Linda Tripp, Secretary
Faye Rabino, Treasurer (CFO)
For any SFOS related questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
That Support the SFOS
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.