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Welcome to the Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society!





Special Announcements

Annual Auction on 03/14/16!

See "Meeting Info" for details

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 03/14/16.

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

February President's Message

The beginning of each year seems to go quickly. January is gone and here it is February. For me it goes quickly because LBAOS has our annual auction fundraiser in March. The auction is our major financial activity to raise money for our yearly expenses. Every member can help by letting friends, family and neighbors know about this fun auction night. Members can also save up some extra dollars and do some bidding that night, and of course, we gladly accept your help to make the auction happen. When is that auction? Well, mark your calendar for Monday, March 14th.

Many thanks to our January Speaker, Lili Springer from the Theodore Payne Foundation. Lili gave a really wonderful slide presentation of beneficial insects and bugs in the garden. I think it is very important to remember that most of the insects and bugs we encounter are beneficial. Lili was clear that our first reaction to an unknown insect should be leave it alone unless you know that it causes damage to your plants. Also, a thank you to Richard Wulff for providing the majority of the plant table and to George Hatfield for the lovely cymbidiums.

The Annual Auction should be our focus for the next several weeks in order to make it a success. So remember to talk up the auction to people of interest and to see how you can help us. No job is too small or too large if we all help. Finally, remember to pay your dues if you have not done so yet.

See you all at our other annual event, Fred Clark as our February speaker. Fred always gives a great presentation.

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