La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society
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.
March meeting: 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 22 March, 2017, in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Bob Kopfstein and George Long will present a program on their recent trip to the Vallarta Botanical Gradens in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society's 45th Annual Show and Sale: Saturday and Sunday, 08 and 09 April, 2017, at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula. Show hours: 9 --4 both days. Show is included with paid Garden admission (adult $9, senior/student $6, age 5--12 $4, under 5 free; Garden members free). Club website
April meeting: 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 26 April, 2017, in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Come and learn how to get your plants ready for our show!
Annual LBVBS Show and Sale: Saturday and Sunday, 06 and 07 May, 2017, in the Auditorium of the Veterans Memorial Hall 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Show hours: 12 -- 5 on Saturday, 10 -- 4 on Sunday. Sale hours: 10 -- 5 on Saturday, 10 -- 4 on Sunday. Lecture and demonstration on bromeliad culture at 2 on both days. Free admission and parking. For more information: (310)621-6769, show flyer (PDF file).
LBVBS Show documents: Exhibit schedule (PDF), entry registration form (PDF), entry tags (PDF, print on card stock for best results).
May meeting: 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 24 May, 2017, in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker TBA. Free plant for new members!
June meeting: 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 28 June, 2017, in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker TBA.
World Bromeliad Conference: 29 May -- 03 June, 2018 at the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego. Conference announcement letter (PDF). Please see the Bromeliad Society International website's Conference Corner for further information, registration form, and updates.
Photo Galleries from LBVBS Shows
Most recently revised: 16 March, 2017