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Welcome to the
Bromeliad Society of San Francisco.

We are dedicated to the growth and spread of horticultural and scientific knowledge of the Bromeliad Family (Bromeliaceae) and enthusiasm for the preservation of its species and habitats.

For cultural information about Bromeliads go to BSI

Hardy Bromeliads for Bay Area Gardens

What are your Hardiest Bromeliads for the Bay Area?
Outside the Bay Area? The Tropiflora List

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Be sure to check our Links and Scrapbook.


Guxmania speciesJanuary 18: Costa Rica with Ben Harink

Ben will be talking about a three-week trip he did this year to Costa Rica. This was a family vacation, but Ben did get a lot of time to actually spend in nature and look for plants, and also came across many bromeliads. His talk will focus on these, but as there have been many other interesting plant and wildlife encounters, he will include these as well. Costa Rica is an easily accessible country, and seeing plants and animals has been easier than in most countries that Ben has visited so far.






Ben HarinkBen Harink has been fascinated by plants and animals since childhood and had already assembled a good-sized collection of tillandsias while still a youth in Germany. Ben later began rearing insects as a hobby while living there. He has traveled extensively and lived in several other countries in the past, including Switzerland and India. Ben has been a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area for the past four years where he developed an interest in growing bromeliads from seed, especially species of the genera Tillandsia and Pitcairnia.







BSSF Welcomes Guests
and New Members.
Meetings held
3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. at
S. F. County Fair Building, Recreation Room
1199 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way (entrance to Golden Gate Park), San Francisco
(Note, February meeting is on the 28th)
See Maps for directions.


Membership is $15US per person or $20US per household annually. Membership includes a Monthly Newsletter sent via email or snail mail.

Checks may be payable to BSSF and sent to
Harold Charns Tres.
255 States St.
San Francisco, Ca. 94114
or contact Harold.

Annual Garden Tour, Summer 2018 Tour Marin County

See Photos of past tours in our Facebook Page albums

Bromeliad Growing
The Bromeliad Society of San Francisco is an affiliate of the Bromeliad Society International, BSI. For complete botanical, habitat and horticultural information and indentification the BSI site is the best place to begin. The BSI publishes a bimonthly color journal with the latest bromeliad information and discoveries and membership is encouraged.

Visit our Links Page to other societies in San Francisco or of similar interest.
Be sure to also check the many links on the BSI site.

To contact the webdesigner for this page email Dan.




The Bromeliad Society International

for Bromeliad Cultivation and Identification Information