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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 (bargain plants for your collection!). Annual club events include our Holiday Dinner in October and our Plant Show and Sale in May. Guests and visitors are always welcome at our meetings!


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

September meeting: 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 25 September, in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Barry Landau will present "Tillandsia hybrids around the world".

Garden Hop: From 9:00 am on Saturday, 05 October. Three of our members have graciously opened up their gardens to us: Ken Simpson, Leah Brown, and Marsha Steinberg. Please see our September Newsletter for details.

Bromeliad-buying Bus Trip: Saturday, 12 October. This year's trip will head south to Bird Rock Tropicals, Cordova Gardens, Garden by the Sea, and Anderson's La Costa Nursery. $30 per person. Please see our September Newsletter for details.

October meeting: 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 23 October, in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Holiday Dinner: Open only to paid members. The club will provide mains and drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert. If you want to take part in the Plant Exchange, please bring a wrapped bromeliad or orchid. Voting for 2020 club officers will also be held if necessary.

November meeting: There is no meeting in November. Regular meetings resume in January 2020. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

December meeting: There is no meeting in December. Regular meetings resume in January 2020. Happy Holidays!

January meeting: 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 22 January, 2020, in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker TBA.

World Bromeliad Conference: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 through 13 June, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida. Celebrating the BSI's 70th anniversary, events include nursery tours of Michael's Bromeliads and Tropiflora, visit to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, conference reception and welcome, speakers, banquet with rare plant sale and auction, judged plant show, plant sale, and more. Note: Conference registration is open only to BSI members for now (non-members will be able to register in the near future -- conference fee will include BSI membership). Please see the Bromeliad Society International website's Conference Corner for further information and updates.


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Show Photos

Photo Galleries from LBVBS Shows

Show and Tell Photos

LBVBS Meeting Show and Tell Photos

Most recently revised: 18 September, 2019