Welcome!
Welcome to the San Fernando Valley Bromeliad Society website.  We would like to cordially invite you to our next monthly meeting.  We meet the first Saturday of the month at the Sepulveda Garden Center. 16633 Magnolia Blvd Encino, CA  91316
 SHOW AND SALE  May 30-31       NEXT  Meeting June 6, 2015
Photo Gallery
Some of our recent photos from our meetings!

2015 Membership Dues
Pay at the meeting  to:
SFVBS – Treasurer-  
Mary Chan


   TIME TO RENEW………      Yearly Membership Dues     $10.00  for a single or couple

We hope to see all members, and welcome visitors and the general public, at our monthly Sat. meeting at our normal location - Saturday May 2, 2015 @ 10:00 am. Our meetings follow the same general schedule described below.  More information about the next meeting can be found in the current Newsletter or the Calendar.  

AGENDA 9:30 – SET UP & SOCIALIZE
10:00 - Door Prize – one member who arrives before 10:00 gets a Bromeliad
10:05 - Welcome Visitors and New Members. Announcements and Speaker Introduction.
10:15 –Speaker presentation:  We try to provide a wide variety of Bromeliad related programs throughout the year. These cover different types of Bromeliads, cultivation tips and techniques and lots of pictures of Bromeliads and other plants growing in both habitat and in cultivation.  Speakers usually bring plants for sale - a fantastic opportunity to add to your collection.  Some of our recent speakers:

Gregg DeChirico, President of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America), has spoken about various trips to see Bromeliads in South America;

Pamela Koide-Hyatt, owner of Bird Rock Tropicals, has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Central and South America in search of Tillandsias;  

Guillermo RIvera, owner of South American Nature Tours, leads trips throughout South America to see Bromeliads, cactus and other succulents.

Andy Siekkenen has been exploring Mexico for the past decade searching for Bromeliads in habitat. 
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11:15 - Refreshment Break and Show and Tell:   
11:30 - For Show and Tell is our educational part of the meeting – Members are encouraged to please bring one or more plants. You may not have a pristine plant but you certainly have one that needs a name or is sick and you have a question.  
11:45 – Mini Auction: members can donate plants for auction, or can get 75% of proceeds, with the remainder to the Club. 
12:00 – Raffle: Please bring plants to donate and/or buy tickets.  Almost everyone comes home with new treasures! 
12:15 - Pick Up around your area 
12:30 –/ Meeting is over—Drive safely  


                                                                                   
WHAT IS A BROMELIAD?    
That is a hard question!  Basically it is a diverse plant family that is found throughout South, Central and southern North America.  The most well known are the so-called airplants that don't need to be potted.  Different kinds can grow in a wide variety of climates.  Many can be grown indoors!  Click on the pictures to get a sense of the many kinds you can grow.  Click here to learn more.