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La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society

About us

The La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society (LBVBS for short) is a group of bromeliad enthusiasts and plant lovers from Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California. One of the oldest bromeliad societies, LBVBS was started in 1950 by Victoria Padilla, Bill Palen, Fritz Kubich, Charles Wiley, Lloyd Smith, and Bob Harris. Our first big annual show was held in 1953.

Our meetings feature a speaker, refreshments, a show and tell of plants brought by members, and a raffle table (many bargain plants for your collection!). Annual club events include the Holiday Luncheon in December and our Plant Show and Sale in May. Guests and visitors are always welcome!


Meetings

The LBVBS meets at 7:30 pm on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through October, in the Rotunda Room at Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, California. (Map courtesy of Google Maps.)

Parking is free in the lots at Veterans Memorial Park. Enter from Culver Boulevard.


Membership

Annual dues are $10 per household. Please see Paul, our Membership Chair, at our meetings or, to mail a check, please email us for the details.


Upcoming events

South Bay Bromeliad Associates' Show and Sale: Saturday and Sunday, 06 and 07 August, at Rain Forest Flora Inc., 19121 Hawthorne Boulevard (near the SW corner of Hawthorne Blvd. and 190th St.), Torrance. Free admission and parking. More information: Club website.

Annual Intercity Cactus and Succulent Show/Sale: Saturday and Sunday, 13 and 14 August, at the Los Angeles Arboretum, 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia. Hours: 9 am -- 5 pm both days. Paid admission required for the Arboretum.

Closeout Sale -- Bromeliads and Succulents: Saturday and Sunday, 20 and 21 August, from 9 am -- 3 pm Saturday and 10 am -- 3 pm Sunday. Gregg DeChirico is moving from Island View Nursery, 3376 Foothill Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013. Enter through the huge nursery in the front, exit the rear, and turn right. Gregg's nursery is one of many located in the rear area. After this sale, he will also be open by appointment for a few weeks. Additional information: email Gregg

One day sale: Saturday, 20 August, from 11 am -- 3 pm. Donna Marie Baker is selling Bill Baker's bromeliads and succulents.

Moving sale: Jacque Wrinkle, wife of the late Guy Wrinkle, is moving to Arizona. she is downsizing Guy's enormous collection of cycads, succulents, tropical plants, palms, bromeliads, and bulbs in a 3000 square foot greenhouse and around the house. Plants must be sold by 20 August. By appointment only.

August meeting: 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 24 August, 2016, in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker TBA.

September meeting: 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 28 September, 2016, in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker TBA.

October meeting: 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 26 October, 2016, in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker TBA.

Bromeliad-buying Bus Trip: Saturday, 29 October, 2016. This year's trip will go north to Larry Tabeling's greenhouse, Bryan & Mary Chan, Kollenborn Orchid Co., Dorothy & John Warnock, and Terra Sol Garden Center.


Cool stuff

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Show Photos

Photo Galleries from LBVBS Shows

Show and Tell Photos

LBVBS Meeting Show and Tell Photos

Most recently revised: 03 August, 2016