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!


Feed your bromeliad addiction while staying safer at home

Here are some ways to get your bromeliad fix online.

Hang out

Read

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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..


Meetings

The LBVBS meets at 7:00 pm Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the month, February through October, in the Multipurpose 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 Kim, 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 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.

February Meeting: 7:00 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, 14 February, in the Multipurpose Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker TBD. Note: There will be no heat because of HVAC repairs at the Veterans Memorial Complex, so please dress warmly.

Garden Visit: Tentatively scheduled for Sunday, 19 February, at Mo Shab's home. Time TBD.

Garden Visit: At Pat Gotcher's home. Time and date TBD.

March Meeting: 7:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time on Tuesday, 14 March, in the Multipurpose Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker TBD.

April Meeting: 7:00 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, 11 April in the Multipurpose Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker TBD.

May Meeting: 7:00 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, 09 May, in the Multipurpose Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker: TBD.

World Bromeliad Conference 2024: This entry will be updated when the BSI makes the Conference information available.


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 February, 2023