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: March 7, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
March Speaker: Debra Atwood, Napa Valley Orchids - "What's in the pot?"
Napa Valley Orchids was started in March 2001 by third generation Napan Debra Atwood. In addition to growing a greenhouse full of beautiful orchids, primarily species, she also consults, is a regular speaker at orchid societies and garden clubs, and in addition, performs greenhouse maintenance for a handful of clients. She has also taught orchid classes for many years, and still conducts orchid workshops as time allows. Currently Debra grows Angraecoids, species Phalaenopsis, Neofinetias, Maxillarias, and what ever else catches her fancy. Her greenhouse maintains an intermediate temperature range, and her plants thrive in the Mediterranean climate of Napa Valley.
What’s in the pot?
In her talk “What’s in the Pot?”, Debra will share her expert knowledge about orchid culture, repotting and some of the unexpected findings the grower may have while repotting, and how to handle these.
New Member Orientation: An introduction to the San Francisco Orchid Society, our activities and opportunities led by Claire Zvanski and Florence Inserto.
- April 2017: Alan Koch, topic “Angraecoids/ Monopodials
- May 2017: Neil Winslow, topic “Miltoniopsis”
- June 2017: Dan Newman, topic “Restrepias”
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
The Story of Orchids - Flowers that defy all expectations
Gary Turner, President
Mary Gerritsen, Vice President
Valerie Mountain, Secretary
Jack Ryder, Treasurer
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.