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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 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.

November President's Message

Days getting shorter and nights getting cooler - the pleasant days of autumn are here. Enjoy these days and take time to attend to your orchids before winter arrives. Luckily, we live in a mild climate and enjoy our plants year round. I especially look to see if a plant is in real need for repotting. I also look for insects. With winter slowing down a plant’s growth, insects can really suck the life out it. Check each plant to make sure they are free of insects and if not, take action now.

I always enjoy when we take time to have the membership talk about their plants and include a Q&A. I want to thank each member who participated, both presenting and those who asked questions. Lots of good ideas and information was exchanged at the October meeting.

Remember that we will vote for Board members and Officers at the November meeting. If you want to provide any name for the election, please do so. Call any of the Officers or Board Members or email If you want to help the club in any way, please let us know. No job is too little and big jobs are easier if we team up, so step on up. It is fun once you get started.

As a club, we are moving ahead with our new projects to reach the Long Beach community and give back to our membership. The horticultural scholarship with Long Beach Community College is in work, the excursion team has identified the bus service and is working on the venues for our first bus trip, and we are working on the improvement of our monthly plant opportunity table and special auctions. Again, any ideas you have for your club are welcome. For the first time LBAOS will take part in the St. Gregory's Holly Faire/Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair, on Saturday, Nov.15, from 9 to 3pm. We will sell some orchids and have information about our club. Check out the Faire and have some early holiday cheer.

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