Experience the magic and renewal of spring as you’ve never seen it before at the 74th Annual Santa Barbara Intl. Orchid Show (www.SBOrchidShow.com) March 15-17, 2019 at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. Named “one of the top flower shows in the world” by the LA Times, the three-day event will feature thousands of blooms that highlight the bold and beautiful horticultural innovations and evolutionary feats of more than 50 exhibitors and vendors from around the world.
One of the country’s largest and oldest celebrations of orchids, the Santa Barbara Intl. Orchid Show pays homage to over 25,000 species of uniquely captivating blooms. Horticulturists, hobbyists and the general public alike are invited to come and experience stunning exhibits and floral arrangements, as well as orchid art and photography. Culture demonstrations will model proper care for these exotic flowering plants, and both local and international vendors will be selling beautiful blooms to enjoy at home.
Local growers and board members such as Cal-Orchid (http://www.calorchid.com/), The Santa Barabara Orchid Estate (https://www.sborchid.com/), Westerlay Orchids (http://www.westerlayorchids.com/), and Gallup & Stribling (https://gallup-stribling.com/) will be joined by first-class domestic and international cultivators, including:
Ecuagenera (www.ecuagenera.com) – A regular SB Intl. Orchid Show participant, Ecuagenera brings many fascinating species from the South America region, and their orchid display always thrills and delights visitors.
Floralia (www.floralia.com.br) – A third-generation Brazilian orchid nursery in Brazil, Floralia is operated by the original founder’s granddaughters. While most imagine that Brazilian orchids proliferate in the steamy climate of the Amazon, a great deal are actually found along the more temperate coast (which is why the Brazilian cattleya species acclimate very well to California’s coastal regions).
Orquideas Katia (www.flickr.com/photos/62003681 or www.flickr.com/photos/orquideaskatia) – Gustavo Aguirre, who hails from Colombia, has been exhibiting at the SB Intl. Orchid Show for a number of years. His website boasts a large collection of outstanding orchid photography, which can be downloaded with a Flickr account.
Seed Engei (www.seed-engei.com) – From Japan, Seed Engei sells Neofinitia falcata and other plants historically popular in Japanese culture. Visit their website to learn about the intriguing history of Fuki-ran and their precise methods of orchid cultivation.
Water Orchids (www.waterorchids.com) – From Taiwan, Water Orchids specializes in hybridizing and mericloning.
Other domestic exhibitors include:
- Orchid Society of Santa Barbara
- Santa Barbara Orchid Estate
- Sorella Orchids
- Divine Orchids
- Orchids of Los Osos
- Gold Country Orchids
- Beauti Florist
- Norman’s Orchids
- Paph Paradise
- Andy’s Orchids
- Live Art Plants
- Ingram’s Better Orchid Books/ Orchidabilia
- Casa de la Orquideas
- Flori-Culture: Orchid and Specialty Growing Supplies
- Sunset Valley Orchids
- Wing Studio
- Barsch Tropicals
- Orchid Design
- Linda Ann Vorobik Botanical Art
Other international exhibitors include:
- Orquideas Amazonicas – Peru
- Joseph Wu Orchid – Taiwan
- Wilson Orchids – Taiwan
An Historical Occasion:
With its mild Mediterranean climate and soft ocean breezes, Santa Barbara is home to an orchid industry that produces more plants than any other region in the country. Many growers introduce their finest blooms at the Intl. Orchid Show before sending them out as potted plants, cut-flower sprays and individual corsages. The first show took place in 1945, quickly attracting top growers from around the world, along with enthusiasts eager to experience the beauty for themselves.
Get your tickets and plan your visit at www.SBOrchidShow.com, where you can learn more about this prestigious event and find a full list of exhibitors and vendors. Discover the Santa Barbara Intl. Orchid Show Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17 at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, located in Santa Barbara at Highway 101 and Las Positas Road. Three-day passes are available, and group tickets may be reserved through the website. General admission is $14; seniors (ages 65+), students with ID and advance group sales (minimum 25) are $12; and children 12 and under are free with an adult.