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

  • August 2019: Kevin Holcomb – Growing pleurothallids and other high elevation orchids indoors
Diuris amplissima
Caladenia bryceana

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.

Dale Martin: Orchids of Western Australia – Dragons, Fairies, Spiders, and other elusive creatures

Dale Martin

Dale was first stuck by the orchid bug in my early teens, when he discovered a commercial Phalaenopsis grower near where he grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 1976, he quickly became acquainted with Rod McClellan’s Orchids in South San Francisco and it wasn’t long until his kitchen window was brimming with orchids.



A move to Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) in 1989, afforded an opportunity to house the rapidly growing orchid collection in a backyard greenhouse. In 1999, he and his wife Lynne completed construction of a new greenhouse (and home) in Petaluma. Austin Creek Orchids was established in 2001. Semi-retiring from the high tech industry in 2014, left a bit more time for grandchildren, travel… and orchids!



In the past few years, Dale has focused largely on Paphiopedilums, although he grows many other genera including Angraecum, Bulbophyllum, Cattleya, Dendrobium, and various Vandaceous species and hybrids.

Dale has done a fair amount of international travel over the years, but with the exception of his 2015 trip to southwestern Australia, it was never about orchids. His presentation on “Orchids of Western Australia – Dragons, Fairies, Spiders, and other elusive creatures” provides an introduction to a few of the more than 400 unique terrestrial orchids that are found nowhere else but in Western Australia.

Caladenia procera
Elythranthera brunonis

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)