Archive for the 'Growing Orchids in San Francisco' Category

66th Pacific Orchid Expo Is Coming This Weekend

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

The 66th Pacific Orchid Expo takes place this weekend in San Francisco, February 23rd – 25th. This year’s theme is “Curiouser and Curiouser, Orchids in Wonderland.” It’s one of the largest orchid shows in the world, and features tens of thousands of orchids, as well as other fascinating plants. It’s truly a wonderful sight, and […]

Winter Blooms in Our Garden

Monday, February 5th, 2018

The Northern California coast is already a beautiful place, but winter orchid blooms make it even better. The plants in these photos are reliable performers in our garden every year. We grow lots of Cymbidiums, which do very well in our climate. And so do some other orchid varieties, like cool-growing Zygos, Epidendrums, Laelias, and […]

Cymbidium Season

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Cymbidiums adorn much of the California coast. Many varieties bloom in autumn, when orchid lovers can spot them in flowerpots and gardens on the coast of the SF Bay Area. Plants in my and my neighbors’ gardens are currently blossoming in Pacifica, and we’re enjoying another fantastic Cymbidium season. Many people are amazed that orchids […]

The Dracula Ball

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Want to go to a fantastic party and help orchids at the same time? Enjoy the Dracula Ball: Gala under Glass on October 19th at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. This fundraiser celebrates Draculas — not the Transylvanian kind, but the Latin American orchids with the same name. Tickets start at $75 […]

Water Orchids More During A Heatwave

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Some readers may wonder why I’m posting a reminder about heatwaves at the start of autumn, but SF Bay Area locals understand. For us, the warmest months of the year are September and October. True to form, our cool, foggy weather gave way to warmer temps on schedule this year, and we’ve had a few […]

Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Surely, we’re spoiled for orchids around here. Only a few weeks after Orchids in the Park, Dave and I headed over to Golden Gate Park again. This time, we went to the historic Conservatory of Flowers, and found lots of orchids and other stunning blooms.  Here are a few of the sights — The Conservatory […]

Even More from Orchids in the Park

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

There was so much to enjoy at this summer’s Orchids in the Park that I still have plenty of photos to share. Longtime readers already know that my orchid tastes often run to the bizarre, the uncommon, or varieties that I’ve never seen in person before. So here are some of my freaky favorites from […]

A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and Their Culture

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

No matter where you live, every orchid lover needs A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and Their Culture by Mary E. Gerritsen and the San Francisco Orchid Society. This well-written book has hundreds of beautiful photos and lots of helpful orchid info. There are concise sections on care basics, explanations of the Bay Area’s varied […]

More Photos from Orchids in the Park

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

How many botanical wonders can be found at Orchids in the Park? Lots!!! Here are more of our photos from this year’s event. Big flowers or small, hybrid or species, fragrant or not — it’s just a tiny fraction of the orchid world’s diversity. The show included an Antelope Dendrobium, the aptly-named Dendrobium helix. There […]

Orchids in the Park 2017

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Year after year, Orchids in the Park is full of delights. Whether it’s the latest in Moth Orchid hybrids, or brilliant yellow Lycastes which smell like cinnamon, there’s lots for every orchid lover. I’m just starting to go through all the photos from this past weekend’s event, but it’s easy to see that it was […]