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: September 6, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.

September 2016: Ron Parsons – Stanhopea and Their Relatives

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 close to 60,000 digital images, most of which are of orchids, and still retains a slide library that exceeds 100,000 botanical images. He has at least 3000 published photos that have appeared in magazines, periodicals, journals and books.

Ron has co-authored three 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. Most recently, the third book, a large, luxurious, two-volume set, A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species was published by Redfern Natural History Productions in January of 2014. The latter has nearly 1200 pages, 1800 photographs, and features more than 500 species.

Paphinia herrerae - J Gunn

Paphinia herrerae – J Gunn

In place of the skill session at the September meeting, the San Francisco Orchid Society would like to introduce Matthew Stephens, the new director of both the Conservatory of Flowers and the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Matthew StephensMatt has exciting plans for the orchid collection at the conservatory, and he will be at our meeting to share them.

The Conservatory of Flowers is a cherished National, State and Local landmark within the City of San Francisco. It is also the oldest wooden greenhouse in North America, at 137 years old. The core mission of the Conservatory of Flowers is to connect people and plants in a place of exceptional beauty. It’s massive redwood support beams support thousands of glass panes that allow plants from all over the world to grow, and thrive under the care of a world class team of horticulturists. Currently the Conservatory of Flowers is undergoing an exciting transformation. Over the next three to five years the organization is aligning a new organizational direction, cultivating strategic partnerships, and redefining a new level of organizational excellence. One of the items within this new direction will be to undergo a permanent gallery renovation with the Highland Orchid collection the Conservatory maintains. Specifically the Conservatory of Flowers will be focusing on cultivating one of the most comprehensive cloud forest orchid collections from North and South America that exists in cultivation. The creation of this collection will allow the Conservatory to focus newly rooted efforts towards conservation, and it is the hopes that we will eventually become a worldwide leader in cloud forest orchid conservation.

Please join us at 7 pm in the main auditorium for the presentation by Matt. There will be some light refreshments provided.

Upcoming SFOS Meetings

  • September 2016: Ron Parsons – Stanhopea and Their Relatives
  • October 2016: Cindy Hill Topic: Cindy’s Favorites and How to Grow Them
  • November 2016: Round Table Discussions
  • December 2016: Holiday Party

Current Newsletter

September 2016 SFOS Newsletter (PDF)