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, December 4, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.

December Meeting: Holiday Party & Dinner

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Mark your calendar and plan to attend SFOS’s annual Chanachriskwanzafestivsolst, aka Christmas Party and Feast. We will not have a speaker in December, but rather focus on you, our members, the most valuable assets of our society. Because you make this society shine so brightly all year long we are pulling out the stops and will be providing the main courses – like roast turkey and vegetarian lasagna. We ask that you provide some of your favorite side dishes like salads, veggies, desserts, and beverages (but no alcohol please), to share.

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 also will supply disposable tableware but encourage you to bring your own non-disposable dinnerware so that we can reduce waste and you can dine in the luxury that you are accustomed.

Rather than purchasing tickets for the opportunity table as we typically do at other monthly meetings, this month everyone will get one free ticket and we will give away plants until all are gone. We also encourage everyone to contribute to the opportunity table by bringing plants and plant related items – particularly those that might be good for newer members. The more the merrier! 

And as usual, we will have our wonderful Show and Tell table, so bring in your plants and share your blooming triumphs with all your fellow orchidphiles. Is there a better way to experience the joy of the season?

Most importantly, let’s join together and celebrate the end of the year, and wish for a loving, peaceful, and safe year ahead for us all.

If you are planning on attending December 4th, please RSVP ASAP so that we have an accurate count of attendees and can plan accordingly.

To RSVP click here:

Holiday Dinner 2018 Signup

Skills Session: N/A

Upcoming Meetings

  • 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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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.