Archive for the 'Growing Orchids in San Francisco' Category

More from the Pacific Orchid and Garden Expo

Friday, March 17th, 2017

The Pacific Orchid and Garden Expo reliably highlights the best of the orchid world. Blooms abound, from the latest hybrids to obscure species. Dave and I are so busy with our cameras, but we are often stopped in our tracks by the stunning displays. Individual flowers and artful arrangements compete for attention from every direction. […]

Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition 2017

Monday, February 27th, 2017

The Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition was a great success this past weekend. After many years at Fort Mason, the event returned to its old home in Golden Gate Park’s Hall of Flowers. Even as visitors managed tougher parking and big crowds, it was still obvious that the flowers were just as magical as previous […]

Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition

Monday, February 6th, 2017

The San Francisco Orchid Society’s big yearly show has a new name and a new location for 2017. The Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition (formerly the Pacific Orchid Exposition) happens Friday, February 24th – Sunday, February 26th. This year’s event is moving from Fort Mason to the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, near […]

Growing Orchids Outdoors in Pacifica

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

We moved from San Francisco to Pacifica over two years ago, and ever since, I’ve been learning how to grow orchids next to the ocean. Since I keep my cool growers outdoors, they’re subjected to all the elements which Mother Nature can throw at them. These outdoor orchids prove their toughness day after day, and […]

More Photos from Orchids in the Park

Friday, August 5th, 2016

I’ve found more great flowers from Orchids in the Park 2016. Fragrant orchids, mini orchids, jewel orchids and more filled the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. Moth Orchids and Lady Slippers abounded, too. Check back soon for more photos from this spectacular event.

Orchids in the Park 2016

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Orchids in the Park always bring incredible orchids to Golden Gate Park. This past weekend’s event featured both modern hybrids and spectacular, unusual species. Enjoy the photos from this dazzling show. If this blog sometimes sound like a broken record about the endless diversity of the orchid family, these photos illustrate why. Even veteran orchid […]

Don’t Miss Orchids in the Park This Weekend

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Don’t miss Orchids in the Park this weekend! San Francisco’s annual summer orchid show takes place in the County Fair Building at 9th Avenue & Lincoln Way, near the entrance to Strybing Arboretum. These photos from recent years hint at the botanical wonders to expect at this weekend’s event. Besides orchid displays, there will also […]

Orchids Love Fog

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Orchids love fog. That’s one reason why the Northern California coast is a great place to grow orchids outdoors. Frequent fog, especially in areas closest to the ocean, creates a perfect humid climate for cool growers. Orchids want at least 50% humidity. Fog occurs when levels reach 100%, and the air is saturated with enough […]

More Photos from Pacific Orchid Expo 2016

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the Pacific Orchid Expo, with countless stunning blooms and more floral fragrances than my nose can process. But I think an under-appreciated aspect of the show is the diversity of all of these flowers. It’s mind-bending to contemplate that these all belong to a single plant family. This is […]

Pacific Orchid Expo 2016

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

What does it look like when you put 150,000 orchids under one roof? Well, it looks like the Pacific Orchid Expo, and it’s pretty amazing. Dave and I are just starting to sort through our photos, and here are some of the highlights I’ve found so far. By the time we’ve seen all the orchid […]