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: March 7, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

March Speaker: Debra Atwood, Napa Valley Orchids - "What's in the pot?"

Napa Valley Orchids was started in March 2001 by third generation Napan Debra Atwood. In addition to growing a greenhouse full of beautiful orchids, primarily species, she also consults, is a regular speaker at orchid societies and garden clubs, and in addition, performs greenhouse maintenance for a handful of clients. She has also taught orchid classes for many years, and still conducts orchid workshops as time allows. Currently Debra grows Angraecoids, species Phalaenopsis, Neofinetias, Maxillarias, and what ever else catches her fancy. Her greenhouse maintains an intermediate temperature range, and her plants thrive in the Mediterranean climate of Napa Valley.

What’s in the pot?

In her talk “What’s in the Pot?”, Debra will share her expert knowledge about orchid culture, repotting and some of the unexpected findings the grower may have while repotting, and how to handle these.

New Member Orientation: An introduction to the San Francisco Orchid Society, our activities and opportunities led by Claire Zvanski and Florence Inserto.

Upcoming Meetings

  • April 2017: Alan Koch, topic “Angraecoids/ Monopodials
  • May 2017: Neil Winslow, topic “Miltoniopsis”
  • June 2017: Dan Newman, topic “Restrepias”

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 and Garden Exposition, 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 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

Volunteers Needed!

For the 2017 Pacific Orchid & Garden Exposition

The San Francisco Orchid Society needs a lot of volunteers for a variety of positions. Help us out and have FUN at the same time.

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 info@orchidsanfrancisco.org.

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

Seminars and Demonstrations at the Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition

All held in the Auditorium seating area, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park
Friday Feb 24
Time Speaker and topic
10 Bruce Rogers, Bruce Rogers Orchids: Orchids 101
11 Paul Bourbin: Repotting Orchids
12 Debra Atwood, Napa Valley Orchids: 10 tips for successful orchid growing
1 Rachel Johnson, Flora Japonica: Freestyle Orchid Design
2. Dexter Hodes: Mounting Orchids
3 Florence Inserto: Taking care of your new Cymbidium division

Saturday Feb 25

10 Florence inserto: Taking care of your new Cymbidium division
11 Paul Bourbin: Repotting orchids
12 Rachel Johnson, Flora Japonica: Freestyle Orchid Design
1 Jeff Harris: Use the Orchid Notebook App and Photos to Track Your Collection
2 Sergio Garcia, Olompali Orchids: Brazilian Cattleya
4 Jeff Tyler, In Situ Orchids: Mounting orchids

Sunday Feb 26

10 Angela Tsai and Ricky Wong: Growing Orchids Outdoors
12 Paul Bourbin: Repotting Orchids
1 Jeff Harris: Use the Orchid Notebook App and Photos to Track Your Collection
2 Debra Atwood, Napa Valley Orchids: Know your roots
3 Rachel Johnson, Flora Japonica: Freestyle Orchid Design

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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.