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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 6, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
February Speaker: Ken Jacobsen - Orchid Travels in Peru
Ken was first introduced to orchids by his uncle in the 1960’s and has been growing Cymbidiums himself for over 40 years. Over time, he has added the Odontoglossum alliance plants and several other genera. Since his wife Amy joined in his orchid addiction, they now also raise Cattleyas and Laelias, Lycastes, Encyclias, Vandas, and Masdevallias. Together they even have a few Disas! Their collection now numbers over 2500 Cymbidiums, and about another 4500 of the other genera.
Ken is a judge in the AOS judging program and the CSA judging program. He has written many articles for the CSA Journal.
Skills Session at 7pm: Tom Perlite - "How to Prepare and Enter Your Plants for Ribbon and AOS Judging at the Show"
- 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)
- $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.
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
Ron Norris, President
Jeff Harris, Vice President
Erik Sayle, Secretary
Mary Gerritsen, Treasurer (CFO)
For any SFOS related questions, contact email@example.com.
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.