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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.

December President's Message

So here we are at the end of another year. 2014 was a good year for LBAOS. Financially, our Annual Auction was better than I thought - extra funds never hurt. The Officers and Directors started thinking about how we could use some of the extra funds to benefit our members and the local Long Beach community. We started with talks and ideas and 2015 will see these ideas and changes actually happen. We are in no rush, but we are working to make our club better.

Ending on better, we had another good meeting in November. Our speaker, Doug Overstreet, gave a strong informal talk covering Cattleyas. He highlighted some of the history of the genus and provided lots of cultural topics. Doug also provided an exceptional plant table for the evening. Many thanks to Doug for providing a well rounded presentation and a wonderful plant table.

A week after our meeting, our club attended St. Gregory's Holly Faire. The Faire is attended by vendors who sell their wares. LBAOS joined in and had a table. We sold orchids, passed out informational flyers and had lots of fun.

Our December meeting is more of a year-end social meeting. Members bring some of their favorite dishes to share. Remember to bring your own plates and tableware. In addition, we honor club members for their service to our society. This year we have a Diamond Award winner, and two AOS Award winners. We also honor the members who share their wonderful orchids at each meeting in the Plant Forum. As always, we will have free door prizes and a few orchids to auction off if you need any holiday surprises.

Our last meeting is very nice, plus Tina Wilvers puts together a slide program that covers the plants photographed during the year. Hope to see you at our last meeting for 2014!

Happy Holidays,
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