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

Upcoming Meetings

  • September: Jonathan Robbins from Flori -Culture
  • October: Peter Lin from Diamond Orchids
  • January: Ron Kaufman • Lithophytic Orchids of Brazil

Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.

Kevin Holcomb: Growing pleurothallids indoors in an enclosed environment

Kevin Holcomb from Atlanta, Georgia will be speaking about his trials and errors of growing pleurothallids, and other high-elevation orchids, indoors in an enclosed environment.

Kevin Holcomb at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Kevin, has been fascinated with plants his entire life. He was first introduced to the world of pleurothallids when the Atlanta Botanical Garden opened the Fuqua Orchid Center Tropical High Elevation House as part of the garden’s expansion in 2002. Intrigued by this strange group of orchids, he began to read about them on the internet, and during his research, he came across a blog called “Orchids In Bloom” by Ron Hanko, which detailed Ron’s use of an orchidarium, or Wardian Case, to grow these unique, and usually miniature, plants indoors, under lights. Inspired by Ron’s blog, in 2010, Kevin converted a 45-gallon aquarium, previously used to grow aquarium plants, into a makeshift orchidarium, and began experimenting with growing different types of miniature orchids. After a great deal of success with this set-up, in 2014, Kevin sought the services of a local, custom aquarium manufacturer, and using Ron Hanko’s orchidarium as a template, built an orchidarium using exhibit-grade acrylic. Kevin now grows over 100 plants from 14 different genera.

SFOS Membership

How to Apply

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

Membership Cost

(tax deductible)

  • $25/year (Standard Individual Membership)
  • $40/year (Household Membership)