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Welcome to the Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society!





Special Announcements

Sad News

Edgar Hendricks
1924 - 2014
Ed was a long time member of the Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society and will be missed. His wife, Meg, and family are in our thoughts and prayers.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, his son, Chris Hendricks, daughter, Priscilla Eckert, and his four grandchildren.

Please see the obituary and sign the guestbook at




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.

June President's Message

Spring always seems to go quickly here in Southern California, but this year it was in a real hurry. Many orchids are temperature tolerant, meaning they can take high and low temperatures, many growers will confirm this. These orchids will do well with the heat of summer. Be aware that there are cooler growers that will suffer in the heat; they will require your coolest growing area. Shade is very important for the summer because the light is too strong and will sunburn plants. Take time to review your plants and provide them with good growing conditions.

Many thanks to Butch Arciaga for providing a great meeting program for repotting orchids. Butch is a master at providing all sorts of tricks and clever ideas for grow-ing orchids. He brings so much material for his talk and even brings extra plants in case people forgot or needed orchid. We are very lucky to have not only a talented grower, but a generous and sharing person. You see why our club is so lucky. Great job once again, Butch!

Take good care of yourself and your plants and see you at the June 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