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: April 5, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.

May Speaker: Peter T. Lin, Diamond Orchids – Genus Dendrobium: A Family Portrait of Dendrobium Species

Peter T. Lin of Diamond Orchids, started growing orchids over 30 years ago, but then stopped due to school and starting a career. It wasn’t until about 12 years ago that the orchid “bug” came back and he is now heavily involved once again.

Peter is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society and a hybridizer of mini-catts. He enjoys meeting with other orchid enthusiasts, and can often be found at various orchid shows and societies around the country. He also has hundreds of photos of his orchids that he maintains on Flickr. You can view them by typing this address into the internet:

SFOS-Genus-DendrobiumDue to limited growing space, Peter likes to specialize in miniature orchids, both species and hybrids, and has received numerous AOS awards. His other interests in orchids include Dendrobiums, Angraecoids, and Neofinetias. He maintains a collection of a thousand or more orchids at his home in Southern California in 3 small greenhouses, as well as in the house under fluorescent lights.

May Skill Session: Tom Perlite - Orchids that need a dry rest: The How, Why and Who

Upcoming SFOS Meetings

  • June 2016: Marni Turkel – Show Me the Plant (a discussion of 10 of her favorite orchids)
  • July 2016: Phyllis Prestia – OCA Tour of Madagascar
  • August 2016: Ron Kaufman (Founding Director of the Orchid Conservation Alliance) Topic: TBD

Current Newsletter

May 2016 SFOS Newsletter (PDF)