Gala; Thursday, February 19, 6:30 pm - 10 pm
Expo: Friday, February 20 - 22, 10 am - 5 pm
The 2015 Pacific Orchid Exposition, happening February 19-22 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, is focusing on "The Thrill of Discovery" for its 63rd annual show, which will feature several special varieties of orchids which are little known in the United States.
The show's presenting sponsor, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, has worked with Tom Perlite, the owner of Golden Gate Orchids and operations manager of the Pacific Orchid Exposition, to ship and cultivate rare orchids, such as Cymbidium goeringii and Anoectochilus formosanus, which will be on display throughout the event.
The Pacific Orchid Exposition kicks off with the wildly anticipated Gala Benefit Preview, February 19th from 6:30-10:00pm. The Gala Benefit gives attendees the first chance to view and purchase some of the best orchids in the world before the show opens to the general public. Guests can also enjoy live music, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a fabulous silent auction and and wine tastings from some of California’s premier wineries, including winners of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world.
Known as the largest orchid show in the United States, the Pacific Orchid Exposition will feature over 150,000 beautiful orchids from across the globe. Throughout the weekend there will be docent tours, orchid potting demonstrations and special lectures.
The event 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.