Our club was founded in 1968 by enthusiasts who collect and nurture tropical plants, notably bromeliads. Members often belong to several clubs with specialty interests in orchids, cactus, succulents, begonias, and many others. Our members range in experience from new growers to those with decades of growing experience. Bromeliads are easy to grow and offer a great range of beauty and interesting forms. Shown above: Orthophytum saxicola [Photos by Katherine Poehlmann unless otherwise indicated]
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Regular monthly meetings are held on the first Sunday of each month except July—club picnic, August—annual show and sale, and December—holiday party.
We meet at the Community
Room (second floor) of the Palos Verdes Main Library,
Our meetings feature a speaker presentation, refreshments, a show-and-tell display of members’ plants, and a door prize drawing at 1:30 p.m.
Guest Speakers present slide shows of trips to Bromeliad habitats, botanical gardens, methods of growing Bromeliads, or demonstrations of potting and growing techniques. Sometimes they bring special plants for sale.
An exciting plant auction is held at each regular meeting, where attendees can buy Bromeliads, often at bargain prices.
Our portable SBBA Lending Library contains outstanding books on the cultivation and identification of Bromeliads, available for checkout to club members.
Guests and visitors are always welcome!
Annual dues are $10 per year per household (individual or family), for which will receive a monthly newsletter and may participate in all club parties and special events. A member privilege is selling plants at our club auctions and plant sales. You are invited to join the SBBA to enjoy the friendship and knowledge shared by our members.
For more information, contact Ted Johnson: (310) 541-4185.
Our club is an affiliate of the Bromeliad Society International. BSI graciously allows us to present SBBA-specific info on these pages. Here are the many benefits of BSI membership: http://www.bsi.org/bsi_info/BSIBenefits.pdf
Upcoming SBBA events
March 4th Program – Cork: Versatile Material for the Garden
Save the Date
for SBBA’s Spring
WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Live Art Plantscapes Nursery at
Live Art Plantscapes is located south of
Flora greenhouses destroyed by wildfires in
This news article tells the sad story: https://www.dailybreeze.com/2017/12/12/south-bay-nursery-owner-struggles-to-recover-after-huge-san-diego-fire-loss/ Volunteers from the local community plus several garden clubs, including SBBA and the San Diego Bromeliad Society, are helping with plant rescue and cleanup. See some work party photos taken January 13 here.
Rainforest partners Paul Isley and Jerry Robinson
plan to rebuild. Their showroom and retail store in
Rainforest Flora Nursery is a frequent venue for the
SBBA shows and sale in August. Located at
Mysteries Solved! See what happens in the garden when you’re not looking. View this enchanting video, enhanced with music in the background: http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/xHkq1edcbk4?rel=0
Dave's Garden is the hands-down favorite website of gardeners around the world. Articles and videos show how to start seeds and learn how to have your best garden ever. Members can chat with other gardeners in 230 forums, and get help to identify plants, pests, birds and butterflies. Membership on Dave's Garden is free and allows you to participate in dozens of forums, plus PlantFiles, BugFiles, BirdFiles, the Garden Watchdog, maintain a personal garden diary, trade list, wish list, and many other features. This article, “Introduction to Bromeliads,” http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1648/ was written in 2008 by Geoff Stein. It offers marvelous photos and cultivation advice for some of the bromeliads that are found in the landscapes and greenhouses of our SBBA club members.
Tips and Techniques:
►California is in the midst
of a severe drought. You can help by reducing water usage in ways you may not
have considered. Here are some useful tips: http://www.bewaterwise.com/tips01.html. One way to reduce evaporation in the garden
is by using organic mulch.
► Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? www.pollenlibrary.com is a very useful website to identify trees, weeds, and grasses that may trigger allergic reactions. Enter your zip code in the search window. You can list All allergens or Significant or Moderate, shown by season and/or species.
►“What's Eating Me? Clues to Bug Destruction from a Tropical/Succulent Point of View.” Geoff Stein has written an excellent illustrated article on parasites and pests that attack the kinds of plants we collect. http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2932/ Geoff describes himself thusly: “Veterinarian and Exotic Plant Lover…..obsessive, compulsive collector of all oddball tropical and desert plants.”
►How to make a “gutter garden” for growing veggies from seed in a small yard.
►Preparing bromeliads for show or sale.
►How to make your own inexpensive plant tags.
►Free bagged used coffee grounds on request: Call 3-hours ahead to your local Starbucks and ask for used grounds for composting. You can also arrange for regular pickup (e.g., once/week at a specific time). More info on coffee grounds for composting: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080707171641.htm
to find out what’s scheduled for Southern
► The South Coast Botanic Garden on the Palos Verdes
Peninsula, CA, offers visual delights and activities of interest for all ages. Open
364 days per year, 9 to 5, admission is free on the third Tuesday of the month.
Annual membership includes reciprocal admission privileges at hundreds of other
botanic gardens across the
► Classic Bromeliad book available for sale.
► The San Diego Bromeliad Society will host the next Bromeliad Society International's World Conference, to be held from 29 May -- 03 June, 2018. Note that non-BSI members must also add the BSI membership fee to their conference fee. Full details here: http://www.bsi.org/new/conference-corner/page/3/