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60th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition Presents "A Salute to the Golden Gate"
The San Francisco Orchid Society's 60th annual Pacific Orchid Exposition will be held at Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion on February 23-26, 2012.
The Pacific Orchid Exposition, held at Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion on February 23-26, is themed "A Salute to the Golden Gate". The iconic San Francisco structure is celebrating its 75th anniversary and the Pacific Orchid Exposition (POE) will partner up to showcase orchid displays in true San Francisco fashion.
The Pacific Orchid Exposition (POE) is the largest orchid show in the United States and is aptly named for the extraordinary, lush displays of organic beauty that are showcased every year. Because of its numerous diverse microclimates, the Bay Area is widely acknowledged as one of the best orchid growing regions and is home to hundreds of exotic species. In fact, the event boasts more than 150,000 orchid flowers from all over the world and offers educational exhibits from local, national and international orchid growers.
Each day, attendees can take part in docent tours and learn cultivation tips as they wander through this amazing orchid wonderland. Professional and amateur growers, as well as orchid societies, will be displaying their unique orchids and rare hybrids, allowing any nature lover the chance to purchase a one-of-a-kind treasure.
The event begins Thursday, February 23rd with the anticipated Gala Benefit Preview night, giving collectors and orchid enthusiasts the first chance to browse and purchase some of the best selections of orchids before the show opens to the general public. The Gala Benefit Preview will feature live music, delicious hors d'oeuvres, fabulous raffle prizes, a silent auction, and wine tasting from some of northern California premier wineries, including winners from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world.
Location: Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion
Thurs, February 23 (Gala Benefit) - 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Fri, February 24 - 10am - 6pm
Sat, February 25 - 9am - 6pm
Sun, February 26 - 10am - 5pm
Gala: $45 / $40 online
General: $15 / $13 online
Senior: $12 / $10 online
Weekend Pass: $60 / $55 online
Gala plus unlimited show access to regular show (excludes special events)"