April showers bring May flowers, right? Well this isn’t quite the case for Santa Barbara. For the past 71 years, flowers have been arriving a little earlier than usual, as early as March! This March 17 – 19 explore stunning exhibits, plant sales, photography and floral arrangements at the 72nd Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show.
With its elaborate local, regional and international orchid displays spanning over 22,000 square feet, this year the International Orchid Show will showcase everything from art demonstrations to edible petals. Held at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, over 80 exhibitors and vendors will be displaying their unique orchids March 17 –19 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. With this year’s theme being “Orchid Mystique”, there will be several orchids and activities expanding the boundaries of horticulture. Some notable species that will be making an appearance this year include Ophrys apifera, an orchid that mimics the look and scent of female bees, and the Vanilla Orchid, used in the commercial production of vanilla flavoring. In addition to the wide display of flowers, there will be several interactive exhibits hosted by the Santa Barbara Zoo as well as the “Orchid Doctor”, available to help anyone with their temperamental flowers. If you fall in love with the thousands of orchids and want one yourself, you can check out the Sales Area where attendees are able to purchase their own orchids, simple or exotic.
Tickets for this amazing exhibit range in prices and are offered in a variety of different ways. General daily admission is $14 and $12 for seniors and students. If you want to explore the show all three days, you can purchase a 3-day pass for $22 or $18 for seniors and students. Children ages 12 and under are free. Plan on attending the international extravaganza with a large group of friends or family? Then you may benefit from the group ticket sale with a minimum of 25 tickets at $12 per person. Check out the website for the complete ticket details and links to purchase.
Plan your entire visit to perfection and consider staying at the beautiful Inn at East Beach, a haven for relaxation that stays within your budget. In just a few short weeks, come stop and smell the orchids at the 72nd Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show!
Where: Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
When: March 17 – March 19, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: General $14 | Seniors, Students & Groups $12 | Children 12 & under Free
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