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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 2017:

Tillys in GermanyMarch 23: Tillandsia Collection of German Bromeliad Society with Ben Harink:
In July 2016, Ben was able to visit the conservation collection of the German Bromeliad Society. This is a collection of mainly Tillandsia species, either documented or identified species and forms that are deemed as highly valuable to science and hence need to be protected. at the time of Ben's visit, the majority of plants were outside and looking quite fabulous, with quite a few specimens in bloom. The focus of the collection is the Mexican species, and Ben was quite amazed to see the many local forms they had, as well as their ability to grow the cloud forest and lowland species equally well.

Ben HarinkBio:
I been interested in plants and animals ever since being a small kid. I had a good sized Tillandsia collection when I was a kid in Germany. However, having not greenhouse, I gave up after a few years and started rearing insects as a main hobby. I have been living in different places, including India and Switzerland and have travelled extensively in search of plants and animals. I found my love for Bromeliads again, when I moved to the Bay Area 3 years back and figured that the climate was much better than in Germany. I do enjoy growing bromeliads from seed, and have a keen interest in Pitcairnia and Tillandsia.

April 20: Peter Wan and the Route of the Mayan.

May 18: Martin Grantham and Tillandsias in Oaxaca and Chiapas.

June 15: Dr. Carlos Sanchez, Director of the Havana Botanical Garden

July: No meeting. Annual Tour

August 17: James Thurrott. Jay began growing bromeliads in the 70’s and now grows more than 700 varieties of bromeliads at his home in Port Orange, Florida.

September 21: TBT

October 19: TBT

November 16: TBT

December 21: Holiday Potluck











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

January 19
2017 Pacific Orchid Expo, San Francisco Orchid Society.
February 24-26,

March 23, April 20,
May 18, June 15,
No July Meeting, Annual Tour
August 17, September 21,
October 19, November 16,
December 21, Holiday Potluck

San Francisco Botanical Garden
May 5, Members Only Sale 5-8pm
May 6, Public Sale 10am-2pm,

2017 BSSF Annual SALE with SF Succulent and Cactus Society, June 10 & 11, Saturday & Sunday


Annual BSSF Garden Tour July, 2017

San Francisco

Locations to be announced

There will be a potluck picnic so please bring a dish for 8 and beverage to share. 

Dan's contact info is