The San Diego Epiphyllum Society (SDES) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with the purpose of encouraging the study and growth of epiphyllum and related epiphytic species. SDES works to develop public support and facilitate an exchange of ideas on growing, displaying, and collecting epiphyllums.
As part of SDES’s goal of expanding the enjoyment and appreciation of epiphyllums, the Society on Mother's Day weekend has a spring flower show at the Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park. At the Mother's Day flower show members are available to provide information on the care of epiphyllum and and SDES makes cuttings and plants available for purchased. During the epiphyllum blooming season the San Diego Safari Park opens its' epiphyllum garden which SDES maintains.
Epiphyllums are easy to grow, come in a huge variety of sizes, shapes and colors. They grow in small or large containers. Some are hanging plans while others are better displayed in pots on the ground.
The plants need filtered light. They do best hung or placed on shelves under patio covers, in trees or under shade cloth or lathe.
Epiphyllums, because of their splendor, are often referred to as Orchid Cactus but most of us just call them Epies.
An Epiphyllum garden at Safari park is maintained by SDES. In the past the garden was open from late spring through mid summer when the plants where in bloom. This area is undergoing some changes in 2017 and at this time we are not sure where or what type of public display of Epiphyllum plants will result.
Whatever is finally decided the public will be able to have an area where the beauty of the plants are on display.
The garden exists because of the support of volunteers who donate their time year around. Through their efforts this garden has become the largest and finest public display of Epiphyllum in the World.