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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.

July President's Message

I hope you all had a pleasant Fourth with family, friends and your orchids. Summer is finally here and of course, this is a prime growing time for our plants. I hope you use some of the valuable growing information that has been shared by this year’s speakers and our very own membership. Do not be afraid to try different techniques for growing your orchids, as long as the advice has solid merits.

Many thanks to our club’s mighty growing trio, Espie, Jim and Butch, for their presentations at our June meeting. Being involved with growing your orchids and knowing what kind of orchids you have is very important, and our three members are great examples of why that is important. Espie, Jim and Butch take pride in knowing what plants they have and what their requirements are. They know there is no one single "trick" to growing orchids, but the importance of listening to other growers and trying what you have learned cannot be emphasized more. Thank you to the three of you for sharing your knowledge with us.

Just a brief note that summer brings hot temperatures. Some of your orchids might do well with those high temperatures and some may not. Get to know what orchids you have - are they warm, intermediate or cool growers. Information is power, as the saying goes. Enjoy your summer and be sure to come to our meetings.

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