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!

Orchids in Wonderland: 66th Pacific Orchid Exposition


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: November 7, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

November Speaker: Jeff Tyler – “Orchid Foliage and More (Beautiful / Bizarre / Unique)”

My name is Jeff Tyler and I have enjoyed growing plants ever since I can remember.

As a young kid growing up in Corpus Christi (Texas), I would grow anything I could from cuttings, seeds, etc…When I was about 16, I lived in a rental home, and my dad and I built a greenhouse. It was at this time that I first tried growing orchids and I failed miserably! I was very good at growing hoyas, begonias and many other tropical plants. Unfortunately I did not live in that home long enough to master growing orchids. I also don’t think I had the patience at the time.

Our next home was a townhouse and due to the limited outdoor space, I decided to try growing African Violets inside under lights. I soon joined the African Violet society and later also joined a Bonsai Society. This was a very fun time for me and I did really well with the violets.

I moved to Sacramento (California) in 1988, and as a young adult I gave up growing plants for the most part, living in apartments is not very conducive to growing plants, plus I was too busy being young and hanging out with friends.

Then 16 years ago I purchased my first home with my spouse. In the spring of 2003 I built a 10′ x 12′ greenhouse and decided to try my hand at growing orchids again. In the summer of 2007 I built a second greenhouse (that is 14′ x 20′), and you can probably guess that I had been bitten very hard by the orchid bugand was much more patient and successful at growing them this time.In 2013 I built a third greenhouse (that is 14′ x 20′) and I also now have three outdoor protected growing areas where I grow many types of orchids year round with no cooling (other than a few fans ) or heating. The temperatures range from 30 – 110 degrees F,  with the extremes usually lasting only 10 – 12 days out of the year.

I belong to two orchid societies (Orchid Forum & Sacramento Orchid Society) and am very involved in both. I’ve been a board member on both societies, V.P. for the Forum several times over the years and President once. I’ve installed several orchids gardens for both societies and won many show trophies for these garden displays.

I currently grow around 2000 different orchids, with my main focus and passion being bulbophyllum, Australian dendrobiums and miniature orchids. I also have a great interest in dendrochilum along with anything strange or unusual from the orchidworld. I have garnered 35 AOS awards, some of which are garden display trophies.

Just over three years ago I turned my hobby into a business. Most of my orchid sales are done on eBay: http://stores.ebay.com/insituorchids

Or you can email me: cgaxquai@gmail.comAlso see my Facebook page for Bulbophyllum Orchids: https://www.facebook.com/BulbophyllumOrchids/

and my Facebook page for In Situ Orchids: https://www.facebook.com/In-Situ-Orchids-1680703428849287/

I also maintain Howard Gunn’s orchid collection for his widow Joan. I travelled to the 2008 World Orchid Conference in Florida and it was amazing!

Simply put, I love orchids!

Skills Session: begins at 7:00 p.m. Tom Pickford – “Mounting on Cedar Planks”

Upcoming Meetings

  • December 2017: Holiday Party
  • January 2018: J Harris/E Sayles/M Gerritsen – 2017 World Orchid Conference Trip
  • February 2018: Ken Jacobsen – Orchid Travels in Peru
  • March 2018: Theresa Hill – Paphiopedilum Breeding at Hillsview Gardens
  • April 2018: TBA
  • May 2018: Brandon Tam – Orchids at Huntington Gardens
  • June 2018: Fred Clarke – Australian Dendrobiums

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

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:

SFOS Memberships
P.O. Box 27145
San Francisco, CA 94127

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

Ron Norris, President
Jeff Harris, Vice President
Erik Sayle, Secretary
Mary Gerritsen, 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

"Falling for Orchid" is the most beautiful Orchid Show in the country in this season! Come to see the Mexican Laelia, Cattleya, Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium, Lady Slipper and many more Hybrids and Species Orchids you can grow in your home and make a perfect gift for Thanksgiving, Holidays.
Spectacular display and Orchid for sale with instructions from direct growers: Ambriz Kingdom of Plants, Orchid Design, Orchids of Los Osos and Seed Engei.

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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.