Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

Photo courtesy of Larry Vierheilig

Orchid lovers, flower fans and admirers of all things wild and wonderful, save the dates!  On March 9-11, 2018, Santa Barbara International Orchid Show ( returns to Earl Warren Showgrounds in beautiful Santa Barbara, California.  Thousands of blooms in every imaginable shape, color, pattern and texture, will be showcased at the show, one of the country’s largest and oldest celebrations of orchids.

The 73rd annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show’s theme, “The World’s Greatest Show – Orchids!” presents a performance of Nature’s theatre, with a cast of flowers from a plant family that boasts over 25,000 species. Come be amazed at the lavish display from the exquisite to the bizarre, from the extravagant to the sublime.  Some are sexy, attracting male bees by mimicking the look, scent and feel of a female bee. Others are flashy to catch the eye of passing hummingbirds. Some are secretive; it took scientists years to find a moth with a foot-long tongue for pollinating an orchid that hides nectar 12 inches deep.

The three-day Orchid Show highlights bold and beautiful horticultural innovations and feats of evolution represented by more than 50 orchid exhibitors and vendors from around the world.

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is open from 9am to 5pm Friday, March 9, 2018 through Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Earl Warren Showgrounds, located in Santa Barbara at Highway 101 and Las Positas Road.  General admission is $14; seniors, students with ID and advance group sales (minimum 25) are $12; and children 12 and under are free with an adult.


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