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!

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Meetings

The LBVBS meets at 7:30 pm Pacific Time on the third Thursday of each month, January through October, in the Iksan Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, California. (Map courtesy of Google Maps.) Note: our meeting schedule may vary during the pandemic. We will provide as much notice as possible when deviating from our usual schedule.


Membership

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


Upcoming events

Note: While more events are resuming, the coronavirus pandemic 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.

SBBA's April Meeting: 1:20 pm Pacific Time on Sunday, 03 April at Rain Forest Flora Inc., 19121 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance. SBBA has invited us to their meeting, where our VP, Ken Simpson, will be a co-speaker along with Jerry Robinson. More information: Club website.

April Meeting: 7:30 pm Pacific Time on Thursday, 21 April in the Iksan Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker: TBD.

Annual LBVBS Show and Sale: Saturday, 30 April, in the Teen Center, 4153 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Show hours: 12 -- 5. Sale hours: 10 -- 5. Free admission and parking. For more information: Show flyer (PDF file) or call (310)487-3367.

LBVBS Show documents: Exhibit schedule (PDF), entry registration form (PDF), entry tags (PDF, print on card stock for best results), example of filled-out show paperwork (PDF). Or download these files from our Google Docs folder.

May Meeting: 7:30 pm Pacific Time on Thursday, 19 May, in the Iksan Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker: TBA.

Ecuagenera Pop-up Show: Saturday and Sunday, 4--5 June, at Rain Forest Flora Inc., 19121 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance. Deadline for pre-orders: 12 May (note: bromeliads are listed under the 'TROPICAL PLANTS' tab). Small vendors who are interested in selling at this event should email Matt

World Bromeliad Conference: Tuesday through Saturday, 7 -- 11 June, at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida. 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. Please see the Bromeliad Society International's Conference Corner for further information, registration, and updates.

San Diego Bromeliad Society's Sale: 10 am -- 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, 11--12 June, at the Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego. More information: club website.

June Meeting: 7:30 pm Pacific Time on Thursday, 16 June in the Iksan Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker TBA.

July Meeting: 7:30 pm Pacific Time on Thursday, 21 July in the Iksan Room at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker: TBD.

Culver City Garden Club's 67th Annual Garden Show and Plant Sale: Saturday and Sunday, 02 and 03 October, at the Stone House, Lindberg Park, 5041 Rhoda Way, Culver City. Horticultural competetion, plant and gardening marketplace, garden hop, consultations with master gardeners, free starter plants for kids, plant sale, raffle prizes, workshops, and more. Hours: 11 am -- 4 pm on Saturday, 10 am -- 4 pm on Sunday. Free admission and parking. Additional information: club website and Facebook page.

Culver City Garden Club's 67th Annual Show and Plant Sale: Saturday and Sunday, 02 and 03 October, at the Lindberg Park "Stone House", 5041 Rhoda Way, Culver City. Hours: 11 am -- 4 pm on Saturday, 10 am -- 4 pm on Sunday. Free admission and parking. Additional information: club website and Facebook page.


Cool stuff

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Club stuff

Club social media pages, documents, etc.

Show Photos

Photo Galleries from LBVBS Shows

Show and Tell Photos

Most recently revised: 01 April, 2022