SOUTH BAY BROMELIAD ASSOCIATES (SBBA)
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: Guzmania ‘Marjan’.
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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, 701 Silver Spur Road from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free. Here is a map to the 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 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, available to club members: http://www.bsi.org/bsi_info/BSIBenefits.pdf
Upcoming SBBA events
May 5th club meeting:
Gregg DeChirico will be speaking about the cultural guidelines of growing Tillandsias in Coastal California, from San Francisco to San Diego. Gregg has been growing all types of plants for over 30 years. He has a nursery called Gregg's Greenhouse in the Santa Barbara area that specializes in seed-grown rare and exotic plants.
Orlandiana 2012: The December 2012 Newsletter of the Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago included photos of some of the spectacular displays at the 2012 Bromeliad Society International show. We thank Steve Goode for permission to share these photos. Jackie Johnson (past SBBA president Ted Johnson's wife) is a consistent winner of artistic awards wherever she competes. Two of her award-winning creations are among this collection of outstanding Orlandiana photos.
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.
Rainforest Flora Nursery is a frequent venue for SBBA shows and sales. Located at 19121 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503, their website is www.rainforestflora.com. Take a vicarious tour through the magnificent display area, with waterfalls, koi fish, and a wide variety of exotic tropical plants—bromeliads, tillandsias, orchids, and ferns—through this four part series:
Tips and Techniques:
►“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
► Puyas at the UCLA Botanical Garden (cactus area) are in bloom in luscious colors -- pink, royal blue, turquoise. Spectacular! Many varieties of bromeliads are clustered around the pond, watched over by dozens of turtles of assorted sizes. Spring flowers make this a very pleasant outing. Admission is free. Try metered parking on the street near the south entrance at Hilgard and Le Conte. Monday–Friday 8 to 5, Weekends 8-4. Info: http://www.botgard.ucla.edu/
► May 4-5 annual La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society (LBVBS) Show and Sale in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA. Show hours are noon--5 on Saturday, 10--3:30 on Sunday. Sale hours are 10--5 on Saturday, 10--3:30 on Sunday. Lecture and demonstration on bromeliad culture at 2 p.m. on both days. Free admission and parking.
► The Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SCROC) Spring Plant Sale will be held on May 6, 7, 8, and 9th from 9am-1pm at the Horticulture area located in parking lot 2 on the SCROC campus: 2300 Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance, California 90501. For sale: vegetables, herbs, perennials, succulents, shade plants, California natives, Mother's Day gift pots, and desert scene terrariums.
► June 8-9 Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society (LACSS) Drought Tolerant Plant Festival. Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino, CA 91436. This is their 13th Annual Show and Sale. For more info: www.lacactus.com/JuneShow.html
Sat 9-5. Lectures, Hands-on Workshops, Raffle, Silent Auction, Interior Educational & Exterior (Landscaping) Displays, Pottery, Crafts.
Sun 9-4, Including Kids’ Activities 10:30-3. Arts & Crafts, Make Father’s Day Gifts, Games, Pot-A- Plant, Educational Gardens, and much more.
► June 8-9 Los Angeles International Fern Society (LAIFS) Annual Fern & Exotic Plant Show & Sale, Sat & Sun 9-4. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 310 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007 (one block south of the 210 Freeway). For more info: (626) 821-3222. Plants for sale: ferns, orchids, carnivorous plants, bromeliads, epiphyllums, succulents, cactus, tropicals and subtropicals, drought-tolerant perennials. Plant-related items: (jewelry, containers, books, crafts, art, purses, glass, ceramics). Show is free. Admission to the Arboretum is $8 ($6 for seniors, $3 for kids).
► Classic Bromeliad book available for sale.