See "Meeting Info" for details in July
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.
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5232 Premiere Ave, Lakewood, CA 90712
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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.
What a wonderful spring we have had - moderate temperatures and plenty of sunny days. Alas, El Niño was a dud for us locally. One nice thing about cooler temperatures is it allows us to catch up on repotting. I hope you are taking advantage of these beautiful days.
It was very nice ice to see new members: Claudia and Lloyd Hastings, Cindy Taylor and Mary Miranda. We also had visitors from other Orchid societies, which is nice. Brandon Tam graced us with a visit and talked about The Huntington Library's International Orchid show in October. Be sure to mark your calendars for the week of October 19-23. The actual show dates are October 21-23. The othersdates are when we can volunteer to help set up the show.
Tim Culbertson was our speaker for May. Tim gave a dual presentation. He talked about the considerations professional growers take for their business; he outlined the different needs between professionals and amateur growers; and, finally, he ended his talk with a demonstration showing a no-nonsense technique for repotting orchids. Thank you, Tim, for your talk and demonstration.
We are not done with speakers. We have several good speakers scheduled and still have our own in-house members to provide helpful techniques and methods for growing orchids. We are moving ahead to plan our next bus excursion, which most likely will occur in the fall, so stay alert for this next event. Also, we have made a decision regarding our scholarship awards for students at Long Beach City College.
Summer will soon be here and there will be plenty of meetings and shows to keep your interest focused on orchids.