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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.

January President's Message

Happy New Year! Here is to a good 2015 for our members and our club. In May 2015, LBAOS will turn 60; so let’s have a good year. Several new programs will start in 2015 as well, which is good news.

As for 2014, we ended the year on a very nice note. Our Annual Potluck was really nice. Don Goss, Espie Quinn and Jim Hoyle received awards for the orchids they brought to the meetings each month. We gave out the Diamond Award to Espie Quinn honoring her service to LBAOS. We also gave out two AOS Certificates to honor the service of Gen Gundersen and Mary Ellen Gerberick. For the Potluck everyone won or received a really nice orchid. How nice is that! Tina Wilvers put together a slide presentation that covered 2014. Bonnie Navens and Butch Arciaga also helped provide awards for the night.

So 2014 ended on a high note, and 2015 will begin on a high note as well. I thank each and every member for the work and time they spent making our club better. It really has continued to get better. Remember, any help is good help. So if you have a little time, please help your club. Again, Happy New Year!

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