The 65th Annual Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition took place over a bright and sunny weekend amid an otherwise rainy Bay Area winter, giving everyone a much-needed taste of Spring! The Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park was the new venue of the show (February 24-26), and with a bigger variety of plants than ever before, guests were able to enjoy an unprecedented array of gorgeous blooms and gardening delights.
Orchid and flower enthusiasts were able to learn more about this year’s winning plants during the Docent Tours and lectures which ran periodically throughout the show. Guests were also able to view stunning award-winning orchids, including avid orchid grower, Lynne Murrell’s Paphiopedilum micranthum (aka the slipper orchid) which won Best in Show! In addition to viewing the winners, attendees purchased their favorite orchids and plants from both local and international vendors from around the world. A great partnership with the UCSF Medical Center allowed guests to park at the center a few blocks away and take complimentary shuttles to and from the show.
Lunch options were delicious at the Expo this year; Annie’s Hot Dogs, How Ya Bean, and The Grilled Geez Guy’s gourmet grilled cheeses were especially big hits. Plus, with the venue’s proximity to 9th Avenue, many guests chose to head across the street and dine at the nearby restaurants. To top it all off, live violin music by Kippy Marks gave the show an upbeat atmosphere on Saturday and Sunday.
This year we offered an abundance of unique and fun silent auction items, including cases of beer and wine, tickets to RuPaul’s DragCon, vouchers to Boomer’s Theme Park, luxury hotel stays in Mexico, admittance to the SF Chocolate Salon, and more!
The Pacific Orchid and Garden Expo was even highlighted by our local politicians. Mayor Ed Lee sent in a proclamation declaring it SF Orchid Society Day, and Senator Scott Wiener even attended the show on Saturday to present a certificate of recognition honoring the SF Orchid Society.
Can’t wait for next year’s expo? Neither can we! Make sure to mark your calendars for late February 2018–more details to come!