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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.

No July Meeting. Annual Tour July 10, San Mateo Peninsula.

At the Last meetingTillandsia bryoides

June 16: Nels Christianson in NW Argentina
An overview of the two-week 2012 Cactus and Succulent Society trip to northwest Argentina (led by Guillermo Rivera) with pictures of Tillandsias, Puyas, Deuterocohnias (Abromeitiellas), Dyckias, several genera of cacti, including Gymnocalycium, Tephrocactus, Echinopsis, Parodia and Tunilla, as well as many herbaceous species.

Nels ChristiansonNels Christianson is a native of Merced, California. He was educated at UC Santa Barbara, Georgetown University, UCLA and the Federal University of Minas Gerais where he studied Brazilian literature through a Rotary Foundation scholarship. He retired in 2014 after a 37-year career in hospital administration and international relations at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Nels is a board member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, a published poet and a board member of California Poets in the Schools, an organization which brings poetry composition workshops to 25,000 K-12 students statewide and whose headquarters is in San Francisco. Nels has been a member of the CSSA and of the Sunset Succulent Society in Marina del Rey since 1984. He is a potter and sells planter pots at his club meetings. Nels is the president of the Westchester Begonia Society, a member of the Culver City Gesneriad Society, Bromeliad Society international, La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society and San Fernando Valley Bromeliad Society. He is a weekly volunteer at the Desert Collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens. Nels is especially interested in tillandsias and terrestrial bromeliads and has been hybridizing Dyckias for ten years.


BSSF Welcomes Guests
and New Members.
Meetings held
3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. at
S. F. County Fair Building, Recreation Room
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, Sunday July 10, 2016. Tour the San Mateo Peninsula.

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.

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The Bromeliad Society International

for Bromeliad Cultivation and Identification Information