SFGS is the San Francisco Chapter of The Gesneriad Society, a worldwide non-profit organization of people who enjoy plants in the family Gesneriaceae. The chapter has members from all over the Bay Area.
The gesneriad family includes popular ornamental genera such as Aeschynanthus (lipstick plant), Columnea, Episcia, Nematanthus (goldfish plant), Saintpaulia (african violet), Sinningia (florist gloxinia), and many more.
Visitors are welcome to our meetings. We bring our plants to show, share information about growing, and share plants at every meeting through a raffle.
Please confirm the meeting date and location prior to coming, in case we have any last-minute changes.
San Mateo County Times wrote an article about us in 2006: Great gesneriads: Diverse family of plants is a mouthful to say, a pleasure to grow
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Some alternatives to parking at the Oakland Marriott City Center. The attached Word document has details and additional short term/day parking options.
LONG TERM/OVERNIGHT PARKING
Hotel (Oakland Marriott City Center) Parking - $35 daily, or $40 for valet. 15% off self-parking for hotel guests.
BART Parking – park and leave car at BART station, take BART to hotel.
Expresso Airport Parking - Park car, take shuttle to Oakland Airport. Take BART from Oakland Airport to hotel.
Parking Panda/Amtrak - Compare parking prices nearby.
SHORT TERM/DAY PARKING
Metered street parking around the hotel is $2 hour (8am-6pm) and FREE on Sundays.
Oakland City Center Parking (ACE Parking)
Pacific Renaissance Plaza, 388 9 Street (Franklin & between 9 and 11 Street)
88 Franklin Garage (Pacific Park Management) on Franklin Street between 9th and 10th Street
Garage on corner of Webster and 11th Street has a flat fee all day ($5-$8) depending on when you arrive.
Trans Pacific Center Parking, 1000 Broadway (11th Street & Broadway)
Downtown Merchants Parking Association Garage. 1316 Franklin (between 14th and 13th Streets), but enter on Webster.
The San Francisco Gesneriad Society is the host chapter for this year's convention of The Gesneriad Society, Inc.
The Annual Convention runs from June 30 to July 4th at the Oakland Marriott City Center (BART 12th Street City Center).
Check out the event page and register! NEW - One Day passes to the convention.
The plant sale and flower show are open to the public FREE on Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th.
Thanks to all who participated in the September 2014 Show, "Gesneriads Go Wild!"
Show results can be found here: September 2014 Show Results
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