(San Francisco, Calif., October 3, 2014) --- The 2015 Pacific Orchid Exposition, happening February 19-22 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, is focusing on "The Thrill of Discovery" for its 63rd annual show, which will feature very special varieties of orchid, little known in the United States.
The show's presenting sponsor, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, has worked with local grower Tom Perlite, the owner of Golden Gate Orchids and operations manager of the Pacific Orchid Exposition, to ship and cultivate a rare orchids, including Cymbidium goeringii and Anoectochilus formosanus, which will be on display throughout the event.
The Pacific Orchid Exposition, which is the largest orchid show in the United States, is hosted by the San Francisco Orchid Society (SFOS), a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to foster the culture and cultivation of orchids and to promote orchid education to its members and the public. The SFOS proudly supports local horticultural conservation efforts, including research and preservation efforts at the Conservatory of Flowers, the U.C. Botanical Garden at Berkeley, and other Orchid conservation groups.
The Pacific Orchid Exposition kicks off with the wildly anticipated Gala Benefit Preview, February 19th from 6:30-10:00pm. The Gala Benefit gives attendees the first chance to view and purchase some of the best orchids in the world before the show opens to the general public. Guests can also enjoy delicious gourmet hors d’oeuvres and wine tastings from some of California’s premier wineries, including winners of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world. They can bid on fabulous auction items which include gift baskets and certificates, dinners, getaways, wine, original art, and more.
The general show follows February 20-22 and boasts over 150,000 beautiful orchids from across the globe. Throughout the weekend there will be docent tours, orchid potting demonstrations and special lectures. The Taiwan Tourism Bureau will also be on hand offering special entertainment and demonstrations for attendees.
Who: San Francisco Orchid Society
What: 63rd Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition, "The Thrill of Discovery"
When: Gala Benefit Preview: Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 6:30pm – 10:00pm
General Show: February 20-22, 2015
Fri. 10am-6pm, Sat. 9am-6pm and Sun. 10am-5pm
Where: Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, Calif.
Tickets: Gala Benefit Preview: $43 online; $50 at the door
General Show: $14 online/$15 at the door,
Seniors(65+): $11 online/$12 at the Door
Weekend Pass with Gala: $60
Weekend Pass without Gala: $25