The LBVBS Facebook page logo created by Sheilla Perez, a photo of a flowering bromeliad

La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society

About us

The Bromeliad Society of La Ballona Valley (our legal name), a.k.a. 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 Paylen, Fritz Kubisch, Charles Wiley, Lloyd Smith, Bob Harris, R.M. "Frenchy" Delgado, and others. Our first big annual show was held in 1953.

Our in-person meetings feature a speaker, refreshments, a show and tell of plants brought by members, and a plant table (bargain plants for your collection!). Annual club events normally include our Holiday Dinner in October and our Plant Show and Sale in May. In-person meetings are subject to pandemic conditions and may be replaced by online Zoom meetings. Guests and visitors are always welcome!

New! Treasurer Paul Nakamura's report on our Bromeliad Buying Bus Trip in October.


Meetings

New meeting dates for 2024! The LBVBS meets at 7:00 pm Pacific Time on the third Wednesday of the month, January through October, in the Iksan Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, California. (Map courtesy of Google Maps.) Parking is free in the lots at Veterans Memorial Park.

Note: our meeting schedule may vary depending on room availability. We will provide as much notice as possible when deviating from our usual schedule.


Membership

Annual dues are $10 per household. Please see Diane, our Membership Chair, at our meetings; or to mail a check, please email us for the details.


Upcoming events

Note: While more events are resuming, the coronavirus situation is dynamic and conditions may change rapidly. Before attending any events listed here, please check with the host clubs to confirm whether or not they have been cancelled.

South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society's Show and Sale: Saturday and Sunday, 13 and 14 April, at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Hours: 9 am - 4 pm. Free admission and parking. More information: Club website, show flyer.

South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society's show flyer

April Meeting: 7:00 pm Pacific Time on Wednesday, 17 April in the XX Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Program: We will start with a demonstration of how to get your plants ready for our Show, then start in on a video presentation of Sejong Zhang discussing Tillandsias of southern Brazil.

Annual BSLBV Show and Sale: Saturday, 04 May, in the Multipurpose Room and its patio at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Hours: 10 am - 5 pm. Free admission and parking. For more information: Show flyer (PDF file) or call (310)487-3367.

Bromeliad Society of La Ballona Valley's show flyer

LBVBS Show documents: Forms for show entries will be available at the Show setup on Friday the 3rd, or download and print: Show rules (PDF), exhibit schedule (PDF), entry registration form (PDF), entry tags (PDF, print on card stock for best results), example of filled-out show paperwork (PDF). You can also download these files from our Google Docs folder.

May Meeting: 7:00 pm Pacific Time on Wednesday, 15 May, in the Iksan Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker: We will continue with Sejong Zhang's discussion of Tillandsias of southern Brazil.

Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society's Spring Show and Sale: Friday and Saturday, 17 and 18 May at the Tarzana Community Center, 19130 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana. Hours: 6 -- 9 pm on Friday, 9 am -- 3 pm on Saturday. More information: LACSS Facebook page, club website.

World Bromeliad Conference 2024: Wednesday through Saturday, 22--25 May, 2024 at the West Palm Beach Marriott. (Note: some events such as the BSI Board Meeting and the Judges School are scheduled for Tuesday, the 21st.) The Conference includes a plant show and sale, seminars, and optional bus tours. Please see the BSI's Conference Corner for further information, registration, and updates.

June Meeting: 7:00 pm Pacific Time on Wednesday, 19 June in the Iksan Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker: TBD.

Cactus and Succulent Society of America's 57th Annual Show and Sale: Friday though Sunday, 28 to 30 June, at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Drive, San Marino. Show and Sale hours: 10 am -- 5 pm on all three days. Free with admission to the garden, but reservations required -- see Show website for more information.

Cactus and Succulent Society's show flyer

July Meeting: 7:00 pm Pacific Time on Wednesday, 17 July in the Iksan Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker: TBD.


Unable to make it to our meetings and events?

Here are some ways to get your bromeliad fix online.

Hang out

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Retail therapy

Also check out our Cool Stuff section below.

This is by no means a complete list of online resources. Send us links to your favorite bromeliad-related websites, etc..


Cool stuff

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Club stuff

Club social media pages, documents, etc.

Past Club Events

Reports on club events

Show Photos

Photo Galleries from LBVBS Shows

Show and Tell Photos

Most recently revised: 12 April, 2024