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Welcome to the Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society!





Special Announcements

60th Anniversary Celebration

May 11, 2015



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.

May President's Message

Happy Birthday to LBAOS! We are turning 60, and I believe we look great for our age. We have added new programs like the Bus Tour and started a Scholarship at Long Beach City College. We attract new members, and are able to continue to maintain a wonderful newsletter and website.

We have very good people serving as Officers and Board Members, and many members who come forward to help out. As for our May meeting, we will celebrate your Anniversary as a club! So please come for another good monthly meeting - you will not be disappointed.

Many thanks to Butch Arciaga for putting together the mounting class. This class is always a fun evening and such a good refresher about how to mount orchids. Thanks to Don Goss, Jim Hoyle and Espie Quinn for helping Butch. We are lucky to have so many talented club members who share their skills with the rest of us. I know that I always learn from these other members. Also a thank you to Karen and Victor Moy for bringing supplies. Last but not least, thank you to thoseĀ  members who stayed late to clean up the church hall, and those members who helped set up the hall.

You will not want to miss our May meeting! We have a wonderful speaker returning. There will be additional plants. Of course we will have cake! This next meeting should really be nice, and I hope to see you all there.

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