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Next Meeting

Day: 3rd Thursday of the Month unless otherwise noted in the Programs.

Time: 7:00 pm setup, 7:30pm call to order
Location: S. F. County Fair Building, Recreation Room
1199 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way (entrance to Golden Gate Park), San Francisco
See Maps for directions.

Meetings include a featured speaker, program or discussion topic along with members Show and Tell, refreshments and the very popular plant raffle table and silent bid plant auction. See Programs and Dates. (Note: this year we are having our annual tour in July in lieu of a meeting.)

Our meetings are also listed in the events calendar of the San Francisco Botanical Garden.


Programs 2018:

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.





February 15:

March 15:

April 19:

May 17:

June 21:

July 19: Christy Brenner

August 16:

September 20:

October 18:

November 15:

December 20: Holiday Party



All meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

January 18
February 15
2018 Pacific Orchid Expo, San Francisco Orchid Society.
February 22-25,

March 15, April 19,
May 17, June 21, July 19
August 16, September 20,
October 18, November 15,
December 20, Holiday Party

San Francisco Botanical Garden
May 4, Members Only Sale 5-8pm
May 5, Public Sale 10am-2pm,

2018 BSSF Annual SALE with SF Succulent and Cactus Society, June 9 & 10, Saturday & Sunday


Annual BSSF Garden Tour July 16, 2017