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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 Begonia Society's Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, 11 June, 2016 in the Cafeteria of the Da Vinci School, 13500 Aviation Boulevard (SE corner of 135th St. and Aviation Blvd.), Hawthorne. Hours: 8 am -- 1 pm.

San Fernando Valley Bromeliad Society's display at the LA Cactus and Succulent Society's Annual Drought Tolerant Plant Festival: Saturday and Sunday, 11 and 12 June, 2016, at the Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, CA, 91316. Hours: 9am -- 4 pm. Free admission, family friendly. Learn about succulent bromeliads and how to use them with other drought tolerant plants. More information: club website.

Culver City Garden Club's 63rd Annual Show and Sale: Saturday and Sunday, 11 and 12 June, 2016, at the Culver City Teen Center, 4153 Overland Ave. (near Culver Blvd.), Culver City. Featuring an exhibition of homegrown plants, flowers, and edibles; a Club plant sale table; two workshops on gardening and plant topics each day; raffles of merchandise and gift certificates from local merchants and vendors; and free starter plants for kids! Hours: 10 -- 4 on both Saturday and Sunday. Free admission and parking. Additional information: (310)203-1482 or Culver City Garden Club webpage.

World Bromeliad Conference: 13 -- 19 June, 2016 at the Westin Galleria Houston Hotel. Please see the Bromeliad Society International website for further information, registration form, and updates. Letter for exhibitors. Letter for program ad purchase.

Celebration of Life in honor of Don Misumi: Saturday, 18 June, 2016 at Pickwick Gardens, 1001 West Riverside Drive, Burbank. Informal outdoor service at 10:00 am, followed by brunch.

June meeting: 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 22 June, 2016, in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Long Beach City College Horticulture instructor, plant explorer, and LBVBS member Jorge Ochoa will present a program on his recent travels in Chiapas, Mexico.

July meeting: 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 27 July, 2016, 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, 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.

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.


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Show Photos

Photo Galleries from LBVBS Shows

Show and Tell Photos

LBVBS Meeting Show and Tell Photos

Most recently revised: 11 June, 2016