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!


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.


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 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.

BSLBV Holiday Dinner: 7:00 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, 10 October, in the Multipurpose Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Open to all, member or not. The BSLBV will provide mains and soft drinks. Please contribute a side dish or dessert and if you would like to participate in the optional Plant Exchange, a wrapped plant (preferably a bromeliad or orchid). 2024 dues of $10 per household will be collected from those who wish to renew or join. RSVP by end of day on Friday, the 6th, if you can: email Annette and let her know how many are coming and what you plan to bring. (Even if you do not RSVP, come anyway -- however, your RSVP makes it much easier for Annette to plan our Dinner.)

Bromeliad-buying Bus Trip: Saturday, 14 October. Pick-up at 7:45 am at the Veteran's Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City (southwest corner of the intersection with Culver Boulevard). This year's trip will head north to five nurseries in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. $35 per person includes driver's tip, snacks, and soft drinks; bring your own lunch and boxes for your purchases. Seats are open to all (members or not) and available on a first come (i.e. paid), first served basis; your seat will be confirmed when your check or electronic payment is received. Please see the bus trip flyer for details on the schedule, itinerary, and payment methods. Email Phil Kwan if you have any questions.

BSLBV Bus Trip Flyer

November Meeting: There is no meeting in November. Regular meetings resume in January 2024. Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in the US! .

December Meeting: There is no meeting in December. Regular meetings resume in January 2024. Happy Holidays!

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.

Unable to make it to our meetings and events?

Here are some ways to get your bromeliad fix online.

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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.

Show Photos

Photo Galleries from LBVBS Shows

Show and Tell Photos

Most recently revised: 04 October, 2023