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Welcome to the Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society!





Special Announcements


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 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.

August President's Message

Hot days of summer are here, so take good care of yourselves and your orchids. This is a great time to do chores with your plants or to find companion plants that add interest to your collection. I especially like finding an interesting pot or two for my garden. Anyway, enjoy your plants and share ideas at our meetings.

Many thanks to Brandon Tam of The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens for his presentation at our July meeting. Brandon gave a solid talk regarding Paphiopedilum. He shared how The Huntington developed its collections, physical layout and potential orchid additions. Also of special interest are the upcoming orchid show in October and the possibility of a future tour of the Huntington. Brandon also donated a very nice Phragmepedium that we auctioned off after our raffle was finished. We had a really nice raffle table again, so many thanks to the members who donated and acquired the orchids for it.

As always, I want to thank everyone who brought in plants for judging - having those plants makes it seem like an orchid show at every meeting. So many thanks for taking the trouble to bring your orchids so everyone can enjoy them. In addition, many thanks to the members who helped set up the meeting hall and to those who stayed a little later to cleanup. The more people who help, the easier the tasks. This makes for a better meeting and club.

I look forward to the upcoming meetings and orchids that are brought in. Remember that we are slowly heading to election of officers and your participation is very welcome. Talk with Butch Arciaga if you are interested in joining the Nomination Committee and/or if you are interested in joining the Board of Directors. See you at the August meeting.

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