This year’s Exposition will kick of with an exciting and fun filled Gala Preview Night, Thursday, February 21st, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Show & Plant Sale, Friday, February 22th, through Sunday, February 24th, 2019 in the Hall of Flowers at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
Pacific Orchid Exposition (POE)
The 67th Pacific Orchid Exposition, "Orchids of the Enchanted Forest"!
Orchids in Wonderland: 66th Pacific Orchid Exposition (POE)
This year’s Exposition will take place from Friday, February 23th, through Sunday, February 25th, 2018 in the Hall of Flowers at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
There will also be an opening Gala Preview Night celebration held on Thursday, February 22nd beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The theme for the 2018 Exposition is “Curiouser and Curiouser, Orchids in Wonderland.” The theme plays off the story of “Alice in Wonderland,” and the Mad Hatter Tea Party will be the theme for the Gala.
2017 POGE: A Beautiful Weekend in Golden Gate Park
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!
The 67th Pacific Orchid Exposition Press Release
For Immediate Release
February 22 – 24, 2019
“ A Night in the Enchanted Forest”
Thursday, February 21, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Show & Sale:
February 22 & 23, 2019
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
February 24, 2019
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
County Fair Building ‘Hall of Flowers”
9th Ave. at Lincoln Way
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
The San Francisco Orchid Society’s ‘Orchids of the Enchanted Forest’ brings a new and exciting vision to the mystical world of orchids for the 67th annual Pacific Orchid Exposition. More than 150,000 gorgeous, unusual and rare orchids will be on display and for sale at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park from February 21-24, 2019, presented by the finest local and international vendors. 3 days of fun and adventure for the entire family with daily demonstrations on how to successfully grow orchids in the Bay Area, hard to find supplies, companion plants, and a new feature that kids will just love, Orchid-gami!
There will be a Preview Night Gala on Thursday February 21st, where attendees will be the first to enjoy the orchid displays with reduced crowds (a few hundred rather than a few thousand people). Gala attendees will have first pick of the show vendors most beautiful and exotic orchids while enjoying live music from The Letterboxers, wine, and hors d’oeuvres.
Admission to the Show & Sale is free for children 16 and under when accompanied by an attending adult. General Admission $15.00. Preview Gala $75.00 per person ( must be 21 or over) at the door. Advance ticket discounts available at pacorchidexpo.org.