The SFOS 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, February 4, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.

Wenqing Perner (owner of Hengduang Mountain Biotechnology, Ltd in Sichuan, China) with Paphiopedilum orchids in bloom will speak on "The Rare, the New and the Unusual” - a tour of Chinese orchids

Our speaker in February will be Wenqing Perner, owner of Hengduang Mountains Biotechnology Ltd. of China.
Wenqing is trained as a linguist and psychologist, is fully fluent in English, Japanese, German, and her native language, Chinese. She studied Japanese at university in China and Psychology in Japan, got her Master’s degree in Japan and worked as businesswoman for 8 years in Japan.In 1998 Wenqing married Dr. Holger Perner, a German ecologist and orchid specialist.
In 2001 Wenqing and her husband moved from Germany to Sichuan, China
(Wenqing’s homeland) and worked at Huanglong National Park as a senior
consultant for nature conservation in a German governmental-supported project.  After the project’s end the couple remained in China and
continue to work for the national park, and in parallel ran their own company, Hengduan Mountains Biotechnology, which is focused on the laboratory propagation of slipper orchids and many other genera. The company is the only commercial company in China that could export CITES I orchids to the whole world.
Since 1999 Wenqing and her husband have been leading botanical tours to see
western China’s rare plant flora. Wenqing and Holger have been traveling extensively throughout the world attending orchid shows, and giving talks.
After Dr. Holger Perner’s passing, Wenqing Perner is continuing to run
their company, attends orchid shows and conferences, and leads tours in China.
REMINDER … It is time to pay dues (
If you want to pre-order plants from our February speaker – Wenqing Perner (Hengduan Biotech), the deadline is January 15th!
Click the Price list link below for more info:
Skill Session:
Tom Perlite on preparing your plants for display or to sell at the show.
Opportunity Table provided by Chris Mende and Tony Wells from The Tiny Jungle and Let's Talk Plants

Upcoming SFOS Meetings

  • February: Wenqing Perner (owner of Hengduang Mountain Biotechnology, Ltd in Sichuan, China) on “The Rare, the New and the Unusual” – a tour of Chinese orchids
  • March: to be announced
  • April: Chien Lee (nature guide and photographer from Borneo) – ( speaks on Plant-animal Interactions in the Rainforests of Southeast Asia
  • August: Jason Miller – SFOS 2019 research grant recipient: Genetic diversity of Cypripedium arietinum within Wisconsin

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