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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.

October President's Message

Fall has arrived! We will get all sorts of weather. Fall can be hot and dry, cool and wet, and/or windy - a little of everything. One constant is that the days are getting shorter. Take it all in and make good arrangements for your plants.

Coming up and announced at our September meeting is the Huntington Library show and sale on October 16 to 18. Read the details in the newsletter.

We had two special guests at our last meeting. First was our speaker, Tom Biggart. Tom drove up from El Cajon and talked about Brazilian Laelias. Tom talked about his method for growing these Rupicolous Laelias, which was very informative. He also brought a very nice raffle plant table and donated a great Dendrobium and one of his hand-thrown pots with a freshly divided Laelia.

Our other guest was Marcus Malouf. Marcus is the first recipient for your LBAOS scholarship. It was so good to meet him and hear him speak about his school work and goals. Marcus stayed late to help us clean up the meeting hall, which was greatly appreciated. Thanks to both Tom and Marcus for attending our meeting.

Do not forget that Officer Elections are next month. Many thanks to the people who have stepped up and asked how they can serve the club. Please remember that the club can use help in very simple, easy ways, like setting up or cleaning up after our meetings, or in serving in a more official role. Whatever time you have, please let us know. We are a better club when more members get involved. Many thanks to everyone who helps, brings in plants or brings goodies to eat for our meetings. See you in October!

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