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.
The auction is still on my mind. I just want to thank everyone who helped with our annual auction, again. Your help makes the difference between a successful or a mediocre evening. Many thanks for the new helpers who came forward and found out how they could help the club. Of course, if you attended our auction we really appreciate you, too!
Many thanks to Butch Arciaga for his expertise and hard work to put together and run the potting workshop at our April meeting. This workshop is a great follow up to our auction, and this is an excellent time of the year to repot many orchids. It was a wonderful surprise to see so many new faces at our April meeting. Many attended because they enjoyed our auction. Seeing those new people is a real reminder of another benefit from holding our annual auction - connecting to new people and enriching our society.
I hope you are looking at your new and old orchids. We are now into the growing season. This is the time to use all that information from Butch and other speakers to repot those plants that have or are about to overgrow their pots. Our speaker this month is Tim Culbertson who will be giving us more cultural information and a plant dividing demonstration.
I wish you much fun and success with your orchids, and I hope to see you all in May.