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Welcome to the Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society!





Special Announcements

LBAOS Annual Orchid Auction

March 9, 2015

5:00pm - Doors open for volunteers to help set-up

6:00pm - Preview & Registration (Get your Paddles!)
6:30pm - Auction Begins

Join us at our Annual Orchid Auction! Bid on quality indoor and outdoor growing orchids, plants and supplies from commercial growers and society members at auction prices. Start or expand your orchid selection. Obtain a gift for someone. Don’t miss this opportunity!

LBAOS Auction Flyer


Annual Membership Fees are due in January


Our membership fee is $15 and due in January each year.

Think about paying your dues early to avoid the lines in January and February.

See our membership secretaries at a meeting to join or renew your membership. We email the newsletter to those who prefer this method.
Please fill out the membership renewal form that contains this email choice.

If paying by check, make it out to: LBAOS

If mailing, mail to:
Tina Wilvers
5232 Premiere Ave, Lakewood, CA 90712
(Temporarily assisting Membership)

If you have any comments or suggestions,
please contact me.

Tina Wilvers
Mail: 5232 Premiere Ave, Lakewood, CA 90712

Oncidium 1st Place:
Onc. hybrid unknown #1
Grown by Chris Hogan

Oncidium 2nd Place:
Onc. hybrid unknown #2
Grown by Carmen Lujan



The Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society (LBAOS) is a non-profit organization formed to promote appreciation of orchids and to provide a source of information, education and support for both novices and experts.

LBAOS members range from dedicated hybridizers and growers with hundreds of orchids to beginners who just want to keep a few plants alive. Knowledge and mistakes are shared with a great sense of humor. It's always nice to know that "the expert" kills a few plants, too!

Our monthly membership meeting is free, and visitors are always welcome! Monthly meetings include expert guest speakers, a plant opportunity table, and a friendly judging of members' orchids for continued growth and knowledge. Orchid culture demonstrations are given by experts and timed to the seasons. Please see our "Meeting Info" for more details.

An exciting plant auction takes place annually. Orchids from our members' gardens, as well as orchids donated from our vendors, are auctioned to the highest bidder. Over the years, some very sought after plants have made their way to the auction tables! We just completed a very successful 2013 auction. Our next auction is scheduled for 03/9/15.

The plant opportunity table each month and the yearly auction are great ways to obtain orchid plants at a very reasonable price.

February President's Message

This year begins our 60th year as a club - a journey that has touched so many and schooled us all about orchids. Our first meeting of the year celebrated the Cymbidium. Many thanks to our January speaker, George Hatfield, who pointed out the many attributes of this orchid. Cymbidiums are superbly adapted to grow in Southern California and perfect beginner plants, so do not forget this beautiful orchid genus.

I want to remind all members and visitors that our Annual Auction is just a month away, March 9th. Mark this on your calendar and tell your friends and neighbors about this fun evening of orchids. The evening is our sole money event to support our clubs activities, so we need everyone's help. You can help just by letting others know about our auction, or you can offer your service to make the auction a real success. The Annual Auction is really an exciting evening with the energy of an auction and surrounded by all those beautiful orchids. You just do not want to miss this meeting. Share the auction with others.

What else? Well, on Saturday, March 28th, LBAOS is bringing back the bus trip - our first bus trip in over 10 years! We are so glad to be able to offer this service to our members. If space allows, we will invite non-members to take the bus to the San Diego Show and to visit Andy's Orchids. You need to sign up and pay for this great trip now. Already over half the bus seats have sold. Snacks and drinks are provided and our entrance into the Orchid Show is included in the price. This is one sweet deal. Our club decided not to make this a fundraiser. Instead, LBAOS will pay for part of the expense of the trip - another gift for being a member.

Finally, remember your membership. This is the season to renew your membership or for new people to join our club. Being a member is a great deal in itself. I look forward to seeing you all at our February meeting and then for our own March Madness: our Annual Auction and our Bus Trip!

Best regards,
Gary Putnam

Photos from Meetings

Dendrobium Cultural Award:
Den. loddeigesii
Grown by Gen Gundersen

Vandaceous Cultural Award:
Ascf. Cherry Blossom 'Pink Panther'
Grown by Nancy Wask

Misc. Cultural Award:
Lycaste Alan Salzman
Grown by Butch Arciaga

Paphiopedilum Cultural Award:
Paph. (philippinense x Prince Edward of York)
Grown by Gary Putnam

Cattleya Alliance Cultural Award:
Lc. Trick or Treat
Grown by Espie Quinn

Cymbidium Cultural Award
Cym. Sweet Devon
Grown by Butch Arciaga

Photos by Tina Wilvers