The San Francisco Orchid Society meets on the first Tuesday of every month.

Located at San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers), adjacent to the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum (at Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, San Francisco).

Plants submitted for American Orchid Society Judging must be entered between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Ron Parsons

Topic: An Orchid Adventure in Colombia

Coryanthes misasii -Colomborquideas

In the late summer of 2014 Ron was fortunate enough to travel to the beautiful valley city of Medellin, Colombia to attend the most beautiful orchid show he has ever been to. The variety of orchids and other flowers was incredible. He also visited the famous orchid nursery “Colomborquideas” run by the Posada family as well as “Orquifollajes” owned by Francisco Villegas, observing many new things. The first wild place visited was a reserve owned by the Medellin Botanical Gardens, and the last days of his trip were spent at Tatama National Park, a seven hour drive south of Medellin, and one of the most fantastic places to see wild orchids! Ron found Colombia such a beautiful place that he plans to return many times.

Ron Parsons

About Ron:

Ron Parsons has been growing orchids for more than 40 years, and has been interested in species orchids for most of that time. Ron loves to photograph orchids and most other flowers whenever he can, whether it be on trips to see them in nature or in collections. He loves to travel to see orchids in the wild, and does so as often as possible. Ron has more than 70,000 digital images, most of which are of orchids, and still retains a slide library that exceeds 100,000 botanical images. He has almost 3500 published photos that have appeared in magazines, periodicals, journals and books. Ron has co-authored four botanical books, all with Mary E. Gerritsen. The first two, published by Timber Press, are Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid World and Calochortus, Mariposa Lilies and their Relatives. Our third book, a large, luxurious, 18.5 pound, two-volume set, A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species was published by Redfern Natural History Productions in January of 2014, and has 1200 pages, 1600 photos, and features 500 species in detail with many others included for comparison. Recently the pair worked on the new American Orchid Society cultural guide which is to be published this year.

Opportunity Table: TBD

Skills Session at 7:00 pm: TBD

Upcoming SFOS Meetings

  • Nov 2018: Ron Parsons – “An Orchid Adventure in Colombia”
  • Dec 2018: Holiday Party
  • Jan 2019: TBA
  • Feb 2019: Stig Dalstrom – Paphiopedilums of Bhutan
  • Mar 2019: Santiago Ramirez – Orchids and Bees