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: December 5, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Holiday Party with Potluck Dinner (No December Speaker)

As in the past 3 years, we will not have a speaker in December. We will be providing main courses – like roast turkey and vegetarian lasagna, and our members (you) will provide side dishes like salads, veggies, desserts, beverages (but no alcohol please), etc.

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 for you to label your dish and list key ingredients for those with dietary concerns or food allergies (especially if it has nuts or shellfish).

We will be giving a plant to each attending member. 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 plant-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 each plant/item entered for the exchange.

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

Let’s celebrate the end of the year together, and hopes for an even better year ahead.

Upcoming Meetings

  • 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: Peter Lin – Cattleya Species and their Culture
  • 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

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.

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

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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.