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: June 6, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

June Speaker: Dan Newman – “Restrepias – The Easy Pleurothallids”

Dan Newman started growing orchids in 1982. His first successful subject was a Dendrobium hybrid bought as a tiny seedling at a lei stand in the Honolulu Airport. When that plant finally grew up and bloomed a few years later, he was hooked!

By 1996 he had 350 orchids in a one-bedroom apartment. That year he moved his plants into a rented commercial greenhouse in San Francisco. He took over the large species collection of his friend and orchid mentor, Walter Teague, and his hobby evolved into his nursery, Hanging Gardens. Dan started growing orchids full-time in 2000, and moved to a larger greenhouse in Pacifica a few years later. Most of his plants are cool to intermediate growers (really warm growers are challenging in Pacifica, but it’s hard to resist trying a few).

Species orchids make up his core collection and most of his sale stock. He also grows a variety of “companion plants”, which share the natural habitats of orchids. Dan joined the San Francisco Orchid Society in 1987 and served as its president in 1996/97. In recent years, he has spoken on a variety of topics to orchid societies in California and elsewhere.

Plant Opportunity Table: Provided by Dan Newman (Hanging Gardens)
Skills Session begins at 7:00 p.m.: "Strategic Planning" discussion for all members

Upcoming SFOS Meetings

  • July 2017: TBD
  • August 2017: Alan Koch – Angraecoids
  • September 2017: Robert Pemberton – Biotic resource needs of orchid pollinators
  • October 2017: TBD
  • November 2017: Jeff Tyler – Orchid foliage and more

Current Newsletter

June 2017 SFOS Newsletter (PDF)