Welcome to the SFGS Website

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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

Parking options near Oakland Convention

posted Jun 22, 2015, 11:44 PM by TehShan Lee   [ updated Jun 23, 2015, 12:21 AM ]

Some alternatives to parking at the Oakland Marriott City Center.  The attached Word document has details and additional short term/day parking options.


Hotel (Oakland Marriott City Center) Parking - $35 daily, or $40 for valet. 15% off self-parking for hotel guests. 

  •  In & Out Privileges for overnight hotel guests.

BART Parking – park and leave car at BART station, take BART to hotel.

  •    Ashby (Berkeley) BART Station Parking - $7/day
  •    Permits are not available for purchase at the station, can only be purchased online prior to arriving.

Expresso Airport Parking - Park car, take shuttle to Oakland Airport. Take BART from Oakland Airport to hotel.

  •    $10/day. Online coupon, 7 days for $48. 8.5% access fee (Port Authority fees incurred upon all off-airport parking operators)

Parking Panda/Amtrak - Compare parking prices nearby.



Metered street parking around the hotel is $2 hour (8am-6pm) and FREE on Sundays.

Oakland City Center Parking (ACE Parking)

  • Monday-Friday, 5 am -11 pm, Weekend 8 am-6 pm
  • $6/hour, $25.00 all day rate

Pacific Renaissance Plaza, 388 9 Street (Franklin & between 9 and 11 Street)

  •    $2 per hour, maximum daily rate $24. Overnight Out By 8am $30

88 Franklin Garage (Pacific Park Management) on Franklin Street between 9th and 10th Street

  •    $1.50/hour, $14 max. Overnight $10.00 (in addition to daily rate)
  •    Flat fee all day on the weekends.

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)

  • $1/15 min, $18.00 max/day
  • 7:00 AM and closes at 8:00 PM - Monday through Friday
  • Cash only

Downtown Merchants Parking Association Garage. 1316 Franklin (between 14th and 13th Streets), but enter on Webster.

  • $12 max M-F, $10 max before 9am (if out before 6:30), $6 Sat
  • Overnight Parking Available 8:00pm-6:30am  $25.00
  • Mon-Fri 6:30am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, CLOSED SUNDAYS

Annual Convention June 30-July 4, 2015 in downtown Oakland

posted May 8, 2015, 11:51 AM by TehShan Lee   [ updated Jun 2, 2015, 12:09 PM ]

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.

September 6, 2014 Show Results

posted Sep 29, 2014, 12:53 AM by Paulo Castello da Costa

Thanks to all who participated in the September 2014 Show, "Gesneriads Go Wild!"

Show results can be found here: September 2014 Show Results

SFGS is now on Facebook

posted Aug 6, 2012, 11:03 PM by Paulo Castello da Costa

Please visit SFGS on Facebook and "like" our page to keep up-to-date with upcoming events and sales. You don't have to be on Facebook to visit the page.

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