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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

Next Meeting: December 6, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.

Third Annual SFOS Chanachriskwanzafestivsolst Holiday Party!!!

It’s coming! It’s coming!

Instead of our usual monthly speaker, for December we will be repeating last year’s very popular party/potluck. Chef Paula Shiu will be providing roast turkey and vegetarian lasagna, and our members (you) will provide side dishes like salads, veggies, desserts, beverages, etc. And yams! Mmmm! Although we will have paper plates, cups, and plastic cutlery available, we ask that you also bring your own service if possible to cut down on the amount of waste we produce. We will provide cards to label your dish and list some ingredients for those with dietary concerns.

Old Saint Norchid will be giving a nice little plant to each attending member who has been good all year… well, maybe even if you haven’t been so good. Plants will be provided by Bob Hamilton, John Leathers, and Fred Clarke (Sunset Valley Orchids) – Thank you!

When you arrive, be sure to get a ticket at the member table for the gift drawing.
We will also be having an orchid exchange drawing, which will be optional. If you wish to participate, bring a plant or orchid related item (or two or three). Please label it with your name and some info about it, so that the person who receives it can talk to you about it. Be sure to get a ticket for that too.

If that isn’t enough, there will also be a door prize or two. So be sure to get your ticket for that too. Whew! All those tickets!

And we will have our usual wonderful Show and Tell table, so bring in your plants!

Let’s all have a fun time, and celebrate the end of another great year: two very successful shows, and a year of interesting and informative speakers.

We need an accurate count of attendees, so please RSVP.

Paula Shiu will be catering, serving turkey and vegetarian lasagna.
Members should bring a covered dish of their choice.

Volunteers needed to help set up starting at 6PM

Upcoming Meetings

  • December 2016: Holiday Party
  • January 2017: Ronald Midget – Beyond Sc. Beaufort: A 25 Year Odyssey in Cattleya Breeding

San Francisco Orchid Society Newsletters

San Francisco Orchid Society Membership (New Members and Renewals)

Membership Cost

(tax deductible)
$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:

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, held at Lower Fort Mason. 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

SFOS Officers

Gary Turner, President
Mary Gerritsen, Vice President
Valerie Mountain, Secretary
Jack Ryder, Treasurer

For any SFOS related questions, contact

Support Businesses
That Support the SFOS

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

65th Pacific Orchid & Garden Exposition

Big Ideas for Small Gardens

February 24-26, 2017

Fri. & Sat. 9am–6pm
Sun. 10am–5pm

SF County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers)
Golden Gate Park / 9th & Lincoln

1199 9th Avenue
San Francisco, CA

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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.