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Welcome to the Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society!





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Sad News

Joseph Ray Gundersen
9/22/1929 - 7/31/2014

Gen Gundersen’s husband, Joe, passed away early Thursday, July 31. May he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gen and their family.

Please see the obituary and sign the guestbook.

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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.

August President's Message

Hello to everyone. June and July have now passed and here is August. Make sure that you complete all your repotting work, so your plants are established before the winter. Yes, you need to think that far ahead. Also, look for hidden pests on your plants. With this added humidity, scale and mealy bugs can become a problem before you know it. Then there are those slimy snails and slugs.

July we had a member cultural forum, where Jim Hoyle, Don Goss and Butch Arciaga all gave talks. Many thanks to all three gentlemen for sharing their collective knowledge with the club. Remember that you can always ask questions before the meeting starts and during our break. Our club has plenty of members who can answer your questions on orchids. Thank you to Jim, Don and Butch for a very helpful meeting. We appreciate your contributions for our club.

On a personal note, thank you all for my birthday surprise. Yes, the meeting did fall on my birthday. I really appreciate your card, the cake and your singing, and yes, I did not expect a thing. I look forward to the August meeting and seeing our friend, Norito, as the evening speaker.

Best wishes,
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