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Welcome to the Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society!





Special Announcements

Nomination & Election of Board Members in November

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.

Fill out the membership renewal form. If paying in person, check the roster for your data. Make sure we have all your correct information on file. If you do not want some of your information listed in a future Membership Directory, please place ‘N’ in the appropriate boxes on the form. If your information has not changed, you can check the renewal box, fill in the date, your name and write 'same' across the balance of the form.

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)

Membership Form

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 2015 auction. Our next auction is scheduled for 03/13/17.

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

October President's Message

Fall has arrived, and we are busy at LBAOS. The Huntington Library Orchid show occurs after our club meeting. Those members who can volunteer and help, please do so. This is a great opportunity to be part of a premiere orchid event in the United States. Do not miss out - get involved.

We all need to think about our society because elections are coming up. People run the club and we always need help. The more supporting members, the smoother the club can operate. Many people have worked for years to make the club better, and now people need to see how they can also assist our club. The work is not hard and not long if more help out. Elections are held in November.

Many thanks to our members who appeared before the club and gave ideas about growing their favorite orchids. We are lucky to have so many talented people who can share their knowledge and experience in growing orchids. Many thanks to Don, Karen, Una, and Butch for talking in September.

Remember, we have a special end to this year with our Bus excursion to The Huntington Botanical Gardens’ - a special ‘behind the scenes’ tour of their orchid greenhouses with Brandon Tam and a tour of the Thornton Estate greenhouse and potting shed with Doug Overstreet. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 3. You do not want to miss this trip!

Soon we will be at the end of another year. 2016 has been good. Be sure to mark December 12 on your calendar. Instead of our normal meeting we will have a wonderful Potluck and Awards Party. Besides giving awards to deserving members, LBAOS plays Santa and gives an orchid plant to all members who attend.

Best wishes,
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