This spring, experience the rich tradition and captivating allure of “Orchid Magic” at the 74th Annual Santa Barbara Intl. Orchid Show, March 15-17, 2019 at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. Named “one of the must-see orchid shows in the world” by the Los Angeles Times and featured alongside the U.K.’s prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, the Santa Barbara Orchid Show unites a thriving, international community of growers and enthusiasts cultivating an environment of wonder and delight in celebration of the world’s most exotic flower. View cutting-edge hybrids amongst the thousands of varieties featured in garden-sized exhibits, plus practical repotting demonstrations, magical orchid artwork, and stunning sales plants from an international array of vendors.
Experience the untold beauty and fascinating complexity of an ancient organism, which finds its ideal home here in the temperate climate of the Southern California coast. Walk among these captivating plants – each a living work of art that contributes to a multi-million dollar industry, garnering Santa Barbara’s worldwide acclaim among horticulturists and field experts. Learn about orchid caretaking through grower demonstrations and feel inspired by gorgeous works of art that celebrate their beguiling depth and color. Watch as vendors and exhibitors from around the world vie for the title of “Grand Champion Cymbidium” and other distinctive honors reserved for the show’s most outstanding flowers.
These groups will converge at Santa Barbara’s Earl Warren Showgrounds to create a fleeting fantasy of beauty and diversity that is true “Orchid Magic”. Single-day tickets are $14 for General admission; $12 for Seniors (age 65 and above), Students with ID, and Advance group sales (minimum 25); and free for children 12 and under with a paid adult. Three-day passes are just $22 for General and $18 for Seniors and Students. Group tickets must be purchased in advance on the website www.SBOchidShow.com.
Individual tickets can be bought on the website or at the Earl Warren ticket office the day of the show. The website also has lists of 2018 exhibitors, vendors, trophy winners, and tour bus operators, plus links to Santa Barbara tourist information. Earl Warren Showgrounds is at Highway 101 and Las Positas (street address 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105).
If you’d like a preview, your virtual tour begins with Huell Howser’s classic tour of the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show and the California Orchid Trail, courtesy of the Chapman College archives