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Welcome to the Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society!





Special Announcements

Sad News

Patricia Rowland
1923 - 2014
(The Rowland Collection) passed away on Sunday morning, 8/31/2014.

Pat was a staple among our contributing vendors. She provided many plant tables over the years, and she was a wealth of knowledge. During her lifetime, Pat was an avid artist, sculptor, jeweler, and potter as well as an accredited AOS and CSA judge. She raised and hybridized orchids for over 50 years and received many awards. She was a founding member of several local orchid societies.

Pat will be missed by so many in the orchid world.



Our membership fee is $15 and due in January each year.

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.

October President's Message

Hello to you all. Autumn is now here and there is still plenty of time to spend on our orchids. Warm weather is still ahead during the Fall. This is usually when Southern California receives the strongest Santa Ana conditions, which has high temperatures and low humidity. Remember, our orchids enjoy high humidity, so do your best to increase the humidity around your plants during any Santa Ana's. If added protection is possible, do it, especially if plants are in spike or blooming. Because blooms are often damaged by the hot winds and dry humidity, shelter those plants if you can.

What a great speaker we had last meeting with Tim Culbertson! Many thanks to Tim for jumping in at the last minute and giving his presentation on Lycastes. Tim gave a first rate presentation that was both informative and easy to follow. I really enjoyed his talk and his enthusiasm for orchids, and I look forward to asking him back for a different presentation next year. We had a timing mix-up with Dennis Olivas, and I hope we can schedule a talk by him during his next visit. I would also like to thank Norito Hasegawa for arranging Tim's talk and plant table.

The year is passing. Election of officers and board members is near. There is a preliminary Nomination Slate in this newsletter. The names on this slate are willing to continue; however, if anyone would like to fill any of the named positions or just join the Board, please feel free to contact any Board member. Remember that you can help the club in many easy ways. Helping to set up the hall and break it down after the meeting is an enormous help. Our club is better when we have more members involved, so do not worry about how much or little time you have to offer, all help is appreciated. Ask me or any officer or board member how you can assist us in making our club work better. Your ideas are welcome, so please feel free to talk to us.

See you at our October meeting.

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