JUNE 2009



Meeting: Wednesday, 24 June at 7:30 pm in the Rotunda Room at the
Veterans Memorial Hall.

Speaker: Tim Nomer will talk about "Orchids: A to Z".  Mr. Nomer, a
past president of the South Bay Bromeliad Associates and a wonderful
photographer, will cover easy-to-grow orchids as well as more
difficult ones.

Raffle: Alan Levy will bring plants from Laren Whitlock's garden

Drinks:  Yvette Fisher and Jan Gove

Food:  Yvette Fisher, Sandee Tripp, and Barbara West


From Denise Pidd:

                              Bus Trip

The bus trip will be Saturday, 22 August 2009.  The cost is $20, which
includes a tip for the driver.

We will be going to:

    * Bird Rock Tropicals

    * home of Robert Kopfstein

    * home of Robert Kinnard

    * Plant Depot (in Capistrano)

    * Tree of Life Nursery (California natives)

There will be two pick-up locations:

    * Culver City: at Overland, in front of the Verterans Memorial
      Building, at 7:30 am

    * South Bay: in front of the Macy's in the South Bay Galleria, at
      8:00 am

Bring your lunch and drinks, and please be on time.

Any questions?  Ring Denise Pidd at (XXX)XXX-XXXX or email her at
(email address redacted).  Denise will be collecting money at the June
meeting, or mail a check made out to "LBVBS" to:

    Denise Pidd
    (address redacted)


From Don Misumi:

                       PS to the Show Report

Thanks to Jay Golden for helping as a Clerk for the judging at the
Show.  Jay said it was a great learning experience... glad you enjoyed
it and many thanks!


From Gloria Grover:

                          Membership News

Please extend a warm welcome our new member, Ken Simpson.


                       Upcoming Plant Shows

                56th Annual Culver City Garden Club
                            GARDEN SHOW

                Saturday, 27 June 2009 (noon -- 5 pm)
                Sunday, 28 June 2009 (10 am -- 4 pm)

                   Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
               4117 Overland Blvd. (at Culver Blvd.)
                          Culver City, CA

                           Free admission

     For additional Show and Garden Club membership information,
                         call (310)203-1482

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             The Westchester Begonia Society presents
            The 50th Annual Begonia Show and Plant Sale

                 Westchester's golden anniversary
           dedicated to the memory of Ruth Illions Pease

                   Covenant Presbyterian Church
                        6323 W. 80th Street 
            northwest corner of Sepulveda & 80th Street
                          Westchester, CA

                       Saturday, 18 July 2009
                         9:00 am -- 5:00 pm
                           Free admission
                           Ample parking

                       Judged show featuring
                     gigantic sale of begonias,
                          Gennie's jewels,
                     Yvette Fisher's Tillandias,
                             and more.

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                      Bromeliad Show and Sale
                           presented by
                 The South Bay Bromeliad Associates

                          Free admission
                           Free parking
               Sales from members' private collections
                      and commercial vendors
                         Saturday & Sunday
                         1 & 2 August, 2009
                      Rain Forest Flora Inc.
                       19121 Hawthorne Blvd.
                        Torrance, CA 90503

                 Show hours: Saturday noon -- 4:30
                       Sunday 10:00 -- 4:30
                Sales hours:  Saturday 10:00 -- 4:30
                       Sunday 10:00 -- 4:30


Here is the recipe for the carrot cake at the May meeting, which a
couple of people have requested.

Carrot Cake

4 large eggs
6 3/4 oz sugar
3 1/4 oz brown sugar (light or dark)
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup oil
8 oz whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup pineapple juice or rum
15 oz finely grated carrots
8 oz well-drained, chopped pineapple (from one 20 oz can)
5 oz shredded coconut

Beat the eggs, sugars, cinnamon, and nutmeg until thick and pale.  Add
the vanilla, then dribble in the oil while beating.  

Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Mix into the
batter alternately with the liquid.  Stir in the carrots, pineapple,
and coconut. 

Pour the batter into a greased 13"x9" pan (or several smaller pans),
and bake at 350 deg F until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes
out clean, around 45 -- 55 minutes (for the 13"x9" pan).  Cool.

Cream cheese frosting
3 oz butter
8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb confectioner's sugar

Beat the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Mix in the confectioner's sugar, and then add enough milk to make a
spreadable consistency.  Spread on cooled cake.



The La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society meets the fourth Wednesday of
each month, January through October, in the Rotunda Room at Veterans
Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City.

Emmit Willis, President
Jim Jaeger, Vice-President
Don Misumi, Treasurer
Gloria Grover, Membership
Jean Yoshii, Newsletter (Have an item for the newsletter?  Please
  email it to (email address redacted) or mail it through the post.)