The 63rd Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition
“The Thrill of Discovery"
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 https://www.facebook.com/PacificOrchidExpo for important orchid news and updates on upcoming events.