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 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 include our Holiday Dinner in October and our Plant Show and Sale in May. We are meeting online on Zoom until our usual meeting room re-opens. Guests and visitors are always welcome at our meetings!

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New! LBVBS/BSLBV PayPal account is now open for business! Your donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!

Feed your bromeliad addiction while staying safer at home

Our in-person meetings are cancelled while our meeting venue remains closed. In the meantime, we are meeting online via Zoom. Here are some other ways to get your bromeliad fix online.

Hang out



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..


The LBVBS normally meets 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.) online until the Veterans Memorial Hall re-opens. Note: our meeting schedule may vary during the pandemic and to accommodate our speakers who live in different time zones. We will provide as much notice as possible when deviating from our usual schedule.


Annual dues are $10 per household, however 2021 dues are voluntary (donations are gratefully accepted!). Please see Paul, our Membership Chair, at our meetings; donate via PayPal; or to mail a check, please email us for the details.

Upcoming events

Note: Many events are being called off because of the coronavirus. Before attending any events listed here, please check with the host clubs to confirm whether or not they have been cancelled.

December meeting: There is no meeting in December. Regular meetings resume in January 2022. Happy Holidays!

January meeting: Wednesday, 26 January, 2022, in the Rotunda Room(?) at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Speaker TBA.

February meeting: Wednesday, 23 February, 2022 Speaker TBA.

March meeting: Wednesday, 23 March, 2022 Speaker TBA.

World Bromeliad Conference: Rescheduled to Tuesday through Saturday, 7 -- 11 June, 2022 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 Conference Corner for further information, registration, and updates.

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: 16 December, 2021