Pacific Orchid Expo (POE)

2016 Pacific Orchid Exposition (POE)

64th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition Explores History, Tradition and Folklore with “A Legacy of Orchids”

The 2016 Pacific Orchid Exposition, taking place February 26-28 at Fort Mason in San Francisco, has chosen “A Legacy of Orchids” as the theme for its 64th annual show.

Orchids are one of the oldest plant species and date back thousands of years. Their legacy and importance in society throughout history have been noted in the Aras Pacis of Ancient Rome and in the Materia Medica, which is the oldest known Chinese pharmaceutical text.

The plant has long been a symbol of refinement, wildness and exotic discoveries, but it also represents more than just an object of beauty. For many, orchids hold special memories while others can be remnants of places and native ecosystems which sadly have been lost.

The historical significance of orchids can be further depicted in the Angraceum sesquipedale (pictured above) which is the official image of the 2016 show. This remarkable plant’s roots are traced back to naturalist Charles Darwin who discovered ties between its extremely long spur and a pollinator moth with a probosis, or a head appendage, long enough to reach the nectar.

The Pacific Orchid Exposition boasts over 150,000 beautiful orchids from around the world and features docent tours, orchid potting demonstrations, cultivation tips and a diverse array of orchids for sale.

The event showcases intricate exhibits from local, national and international orchid growers, as well as vibrant displays from Orchid Societies around California. Plus, throughout the weekend there is a silent auction featuring fabulous items to bid on like wine, art, trips, and more.

The Pacific Orchid Exposition, which is the largest orchid show in the United States, is hosted by the San Francisco Orchid Society (SFOS), a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to foster the culture and cultivation of orchids and to promote orchid education to its members and the public. The SFOS proudly supports local horticultural conservation efforts, including research and preservation efforts at the Conservatory of Flowers, the U.C. Botanical Garden at Berkeley and many other orchid conservation groups.

2016 POE Ticket Information

San Francisco Orchid Society
64th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition, “A Legacy of Orchids”


February 26-28, 2016
Fri.& Sat.: 9am-6pm, Sun.: 10am-5pm


Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, California


General Admission: $14 advance online/$15 at the door
Seniors (65+): $11 advance online/$12 at the door
3 Day Pass: $25
Children 16 and under are free


Call 650.548.6700



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POE 2016 Sponsors

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2015 Pacific Orchid Exposition (POE)

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The San Francisco Orchid Society celebrated another successful Pacific Orchid Exposition at its 63rd annual show, themed “The Thrill of Discovery.” The event, held February 19-22, 2015 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, is the largest orchid show in the United States, featuring over 150,000 orchids from around the world.

The show kicked off with the Gala Benefit Preview night where guests enjoyed delicious hors d’ouevres, danced to fabulous live Jazz music and sipped on fine wines from some of California’s premier wineries. The Gala provided guests with the first chance to view and purchase their favorite orchids before the event opened to the general public.

CBS Broadcaster Liam Mayclem served as the Gala emcee and joined many other notable names, including Senator Mark Leno, who issued a special proclamation to the society for its important environmental efforts. The Taiwan Tourism Bureau, presenting sponsor for the event, provided traditional musical entertainment and gave away fabulous prizes, including three round trip flights to Taiwan!

Thousands of people flocked to the general show and plant sale which continued throughout the weekend. The 2015 show featured docent tours by the Orchid Doctor and potting demonstrations and horticultural talks by expert orchid growers. Also displayed at the event were several rare orchids, all of which had not been previously available for public viewing.

The Pacific Orchid Exposition serves as the major annual fundraiser for the San Francisco Orchid Society (SFOS), a 501 (c) (3) organization. Proceeds from the event go to help support local horticultural institutions, such as the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley and the Conservatory of Flowers, as well as other national and international orchid research and conservation programs.

If you missed it this year, mark the date now for next year’s show, scheduled for February 26-28, 2016 at Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion. Be sure to follow us on our Facebook Page at for important orchid news and updates on upcoming events.