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, November 6, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.

November Speaker: Ron Parsons

Topic: An Orchid Adventure in Colombia

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In the late summer of 2014 Ron was fortunate enough to travel to the beautiful valley city of Medellin, Colombia to attend the most beautiful orchid show he has ever been to. The variety of orchids and other flowers was incredible. He also visited the famous orchid nursery “Colomborquideas” run by the Posada family as well as “Orquifollajes” owned by Francisco Villegas, observing many new things. The first wild place visited was a reserve owned by the Medellin Botanical Gardens, and the last days of his trip were spent at Tatama National Park, a seven hour drive south of Medellin, and one of the most fantastic places to see wild orchids! Ron found Colombia such a beautiful place that he plans to return many times.



Ron Parsons

About Ron:

Ron Parsons has been growing orchids for more than 40 years, and has been interested in species orchids for most of that time. Ron loves to photograph orchids and most other flowers whenever he can, whether it be on trips to see them in nature or in collections. He loves to travel to see orchids in the wild, and does so as often as possible. Ron has more than 70,000 digital images, most of which are of orchids, and still retains a slide library that exceeds 100,000 botanical images. He has almost 3500 published photos that have appeared in magazines, periodicals, journals and books. Ron has co-authored four botanical books, all with Mary E. Gerritsen. 

The first two, published by Timber Press, are Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid World and Calochortus, Mariposa Lilies and their Relatives. Our third book, a large, luxurious, 18.5 pound, two-volume set, A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species was published by Redfern Natural History Productions in January of 2014, and has 1200 pages, 1600 photos, and features 500 species in detail with many others included for comparison. Recently the pair worked on the new American Orchid Society cultural guide which is to be published this year.

Skills Session: Want to know how to take care of your orchids in the coming winter months? Join experienced grower Judy Carney at 7:00pm in the Recreation Room for her presentation, “What I do in preparation for winter and during winter as well.”

Upcoming Meetings

  • Nov 2018: Ron Parsons – “An Orchid Adventure in Colombia”
  • 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)

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
Vacant, 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

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Enjoy the best Laelia show this weekend!

Orchid Society of Santa Barbara
You are invited to join the Orchid Society of Santa Barbara
Orchid Safari Show & Sale this weekend
Saturday Nov. 17 • 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday Nov. 18 • 10 am – 3 pm
• Spectacular Displays
• Beautiful Orchid Sales
• AOS, CSA & Ribbon Judging

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Museum admission:
Adult (18-64 years) $12
Senior (65+ years) $8
Teen (13-17 years) $8
Child (2-12 years) $7
Child (under 2 years) Free

Orchid Design
Marcel’s Orchids
Orchids of Los Osos
Ambriz Kingdom of Plants

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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.