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.
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.
As part of SDES's an epiphyllum garden is maintained at Safari Park. 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. However; what we do know about these changes is they are designed to provide visitors with a more enjoyable year around experience.
The garden will continue to exist 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.