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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!


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.


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

June meeting: 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 25 June, 2014, in the *** Garden *** Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Our own Don Misumi will present 'Orchids 101: Growing Orchids Outdoors'. Learn the basics of growing (non-cymbidium) orchids outdoors -- right alongside your bromeliads! Don will also supply plants for the Raffle Table. Please note the change in location!

Westchester Begonia Society's 55th Annual Show and Sale: Saturday, 19 July, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6323 W. 80th Street (NW corner of Sepulveda Blvd. and 80th St.), Westchester. Honoring Katsu Nakagawa. There will be a judged show and huge sale of begonias and more. Hours: 9 am -- 4 pm. Free admission and parking.

July meeting: 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 23 July, 2014, in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker TBA.

South Bay Bromeliad Associates' Show and Sale: Saturday and Sunday, 02 and 03 August, at Rain Forest Flora Inc., 19121 Hawthorne Boulevard (near the SW corner of Hawthorne Blvd. and 190th St.), Torrance. The show features sales from members' private collections and commercial vendors. Show hours: noon -- 4:30 on Saturday, 10 am -- 4:30 pm on Sunday. Sales hours: 10 am -- 4:30 pm on both days. Free admission and parking.

Palos Verdes Begonia Society's 24th Annual Show and Sale: Saturday, 23 August, at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 S. Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes. The show features unusual begonias on display by club members, and where will be sale plants from members' collections and specialty vendors. Free parking. Show admission is free with paid admission to the Botanic Garden ($9 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children aged 5 -- 12 years, and free for children under 4 years old). Additional information: (310)544-1948.

World Bromeliad Conference -- Bromeliads in Paradise: 08 -- 14 September, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Invitation letter. Registration form. Information about conference program advertisements. For mainland vendors: Letter, application, and sales rules; see also the Import Program webpage of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. The Bromeliad Society International website maintains the Conference Corner which has the most up to date information, including the conference schedule, travel logistics, etc.

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Show Photos

Photo Galleries from LBVBS Shows

Show and Tell Photos

LBVBS Meeting Show and Tell Photos

Most recently revised: 16 June, 2014