2024 San Francisco Succulent Expo

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In a nod to the Society’s 40th anniversary and the great expositions of San Francisco’s past, our June Show and Sale is has been rebranded as the SF SUCCULENT EXPO. Detailed information and weekend presentation schedule below

The event is held at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park – more info

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June 14-16 2024

  • Free and Open to the public:
    Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
    Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
  • Society members early access:
    Friday 3 pm – 7pm
    Saturday 9 am – 10am
  • Members can also skip the entry line all weekend! Join now for $15
  • NOTE that the show area is still being set up Friday for the member-only preview sale. We encourage members to come to shop Friday and then come back for presentations and the show over the weekend.

Featuring

  • 40+ Plant vendors selling unusual species of succulents & cacti you can’t buy at stores.
  • Expanded hand-made pottery selection with 5+ new and returning vendors
  • Plant Hotel (store plants while you shop)
  • Exceptional specimens on display in the “Nicely Grown” plant show
  • Expert growing advice, live planting demonstrations.
  • Habitat & conservation info.
  • Proceeds support the SF Succulent Society’s monthly programs and further our mission of education, conservation, and propagation
  • Our friends from the SF Bromeliad Society will also be participating.

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Make your experience more enjoyable

  • BYOB – SAVE TREES: Please bring your own box to shop and take plants home
  • Please plan to pay by card or tap for quicker checkout.
  • Use the plant hotel to store your plants while you enjoy the show
  • Pro-Tip: Saturday morning is always the most crowded and longest lines
  • Sunday and afternoons are always less crowded, so come then if you can.
  • More space and more registers + additional day (Friday, members only) mean less crowding.

Special Presentations

We are proud to present several programs in the Auditorium where the show is held. These are free and open to the public on a first come first seated basis. The featured talk on Sunday will be streamed live on Zoom.

Saturday June 15

Judges Table Talk
Show Chair and Judges

Announcing the show winners and highlighting some of the best plants.

Sunday June 16

“Dudleya”
Kelly Griffin, hybridizer, author, habitat explorer

Kelly will be talking about Dudleya and signing his new book on the genus co-authored with Jeremy Spath and Jeff Moore.

Sunday June 16 at 11:00am

TBD Mesemb Topic
Steven Hammer, habitat explorer, author, grower

Steven Hammer is best known in Cactus & Succulent circles for his books on conophytum, and as an international authority on identifying and growing mesembs. Steven will also be selling plants in the sale area.

More info coming soon

Join the Zoom Meeting if you can’t make it in person
Link coming soon

Meeting ID: TBD
Passcode: TBD

Or watch on our Members-Only Facebook Group
fb.me/sfsucculent

Our headline presentation for the weekend will function as the SFSCS monthly meeting for June, and as our summer installment of the MesembsVirtually lecture series in conjunction with the Manchester Branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society and the International Mesemb Study Group. 

Zoom stream will start at 11am Pacific Daylight Time in California, (7pm in the UK) with a quick tour of the show


Location

The San Francisco County Fair Building

  • On the southern edge of Golden Gate Park at 9th Ave. and Lincoln Way – Directions
  • 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

Muni:

Easy access via 7, 44 bus and & the N-Judah which will take you to BART in downtown SF.

Parking:

There is no public parking lot at the County Fair Building. If you plan to drive, carefully read and obey all posted signs on city and park streets, as they are STRICTLY enforced. You will have a better chance to find parking the earlier you come, otherwise plan on allotting additional time to park. Look for parking along the streets in the park (Martin Luther King Jr Drive and Nancy Pelosi Drive) or along Lincoln Way. There are hourly parking garages further away (Golden Gate Park Parking Garage North Entrance).


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Get involved

Volunteering is a great way to meet people and have fun helping the Society.

Sign up for shifts and get no-line admission on the day you volunteer (including Friday early access).

On Saturday and Sunday we also offer $10 per 2-hour shift sale credit (“showbucks”) as a thank-you.

Sign Up!

Show your plants or enter a display in the juried plant show. Check out our Show Participants Guide and contact the show chair if you are interested..

  • There will be prizes for individual plants & displays.
  • There will be theme displays and prizes for the best crested/monstrose, grafted, and hybrid plants, and for “Fabulous Tales” (plants submitted with stories.)
  • Show plant load in for non-vendors is Friday 9am till 7:30pm and Saturday first thing in the morning 7:30–8am.
  • Plants must remain on display till 5pm Sunday, and be loaded out by 6:30.


Vendors

Northern California’s top rare Cactus and Succulent sellers:
Desert Wonders
Gardeners Home
Planta Seca
PB & J Cacti & Succulents
Radiant Cactus and Succulents (Sacramento)
L&J Plants and Things

Returning Favorites and New Surprises:
Gardenia Gardens and Design
Cloud Hidden Plants
Succielife
Edna’s Garden
Fynbos Flora
Gardeneur
CasaPlants
The Succulent Addict
Succulents and Beyond – NEW

An epic selection of succulent pottery
Peety Pots (LA)
Rowe Clayworks (Morro Bay)
Cherney Design
Rene Rosso
SFSCS Member Potters

Specialized local botanical growers / hybridizers
Artisan Plants
Agavoides
Dunne & Parisi
Epiphyllum World
Jim Smith

Vendors from the Monterey Bay Area and the Central Coast
California Succulents (Watsonville)
JC Succulents (Watsonville)
Desert Rose of Santa Cruz
Jorge Quiñónez (Monterey)
Grow (Morro Bay)

And plant vendors all the way from Southern California
Kyles Plants (LA) – NEW
Green Touch Nursery (LA)
Sphaeroid Institute (San Diego) – NEW
Thorn Oasis (LA) – NEW

Partner society and co-organizers:
Bromeliad Society of SF (air plants and bromeliads plants from 12+ members)

And many more growers:
Casper’s Landscape
Karen Casino
Sus’s Succulents
Marilyn Mangle
Hongting Wang
J. D. Wikert

Vendor list is closed for this year. If you are interested in future years, the best way is to join the Society, come to meetings, and offer to be a featured grower at a monthly meeting.

Existing vendor links: Barcode order form (deadline June 1), 2023 Vendor Handbook (coming soon)