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: April 4, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
April Speaker: Alan Koch, topic “Growing Angraecoids at Home"
Alan Koch owns and operates Gold Country Orchids where he specializes in miniature and compact Cattleya’s. Alan started growing orchids in 1969 with 3 Cymbidiums given to him by an aunt. While in college he became interested in other orchids and discovered many would grow outdoors in Southern California.
He has moved five times as his orchid obsession has led to the need for more growing space. With the last move, he purchased 10 acres of land in Lincoln, California for his 250,000 orchids. He is recognized as an expert in the Brazilian Cattleya alliance and a trend setter in miniature compact and Cattleya breeding.
Alan has been published in the Orchid Digest, the American Orchid Society magazine, as well as many International Publications. He has also been published in several proceedings of the World Orchid Conference. He is an internationally known speaker. He is a past member of the AOS Judging Committee, and the Research Committee, as well as an Accredited Judge and is Training Coordinator for the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center. Alan also served two terms on the Orchid Digest Executive Committee and 3 terms on the Board of Directors, as well as two terms as a Trustee for the AOS.
Plant Opportunity Table: Supplied by Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids
Skills Session: begins at 7:00 p.m.
- May 2017: Neil Winslow, topic “Miltoniopsis”
- June 2017: Dan Newman, topic “Restrepias”
- 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)
$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:
P.O. Box 27145
San Francisco, CA 94127
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
Gary Turner, President
Mary Gerritsen, Vice President
Valerie Mountain, Secretary
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.