Our membership fee is $15 and due in January each year.
Think about paying early to avoid a line at the Membership Table in January.
Another option to waiting in line is to mail your check. See mailing details below.
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:
5232 Premiere Ave, Lakewood, CA 90712
(Temporarily assisting Membership)
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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 03/10/14.
The plant opportunity table each month and the yearly auction are great ways to obtain orchid plants at a very reasonable price.
Looks like Fall now is going into Winter, cooler days and nights, and of course, the days are getting shorter. Look for those orchids that need more sheltered conditions, and protect them from cold winds or direct rain. For those orchids that go completely dormant and require only occasional water during our cold months, protecting them from winter rains is important if they are outside. After a rainstorm the air is very dry, often a light misting or watering is beneficial. Finally, remember that in Southern California, we can get a short warm cycle and that is when watering is always okay.
Many thanks for the members who spoke about their orchids at our November meeting. I think the important general idea to embrace is to be observant and know your own growing conditions and your plants. In this way, knowledge is power and how you adapt ideas other people share. If you grow outdoors, in these cooler months you will notice flowers mature slowly but the flowers will last longer. Bring some of your blooming plants indoors so you and others can enjoy them.
The December meeting is a social one. It is just great to spend time sharing the past year with some good food and friends. We also have free door prizes and a few orchids to auction off, too. Please attend and share a favorite recipe with others, just check the Potluck list to see what category you should bring. To everyone, thank you for a good year and for supporting our club. Also, many thanks to officers and board members as well as members who worked during the year to make LBAOS a better society.