The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is coming up this March and any guests who are around during that time should absolutely check it out. Orchids are among the most magical and romantic flowers known to man.
Anybody who has read The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean or who has seen the loosely connected film Adaptation (where the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is actually featured) can relate to the poetry and intangible influence of an orchid. For those of us who would like to experience that beauty firsthand, this show is the place to do it.
The venue, the Earl Warren Showgrounds, is a short drive from Hotel Milo and the absolute ideal location for this show. The space’s large and elegant rooms compliment the pleasant and elegant nature of the orchids on display. The location, the flowers themselves, and the participants set this event apart from the rest.
Known by many as the best exhibition of its kind, the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show promotes itself as one of the largest and longest-running orchid shows in the country. The show is decorated with incredible collections of orchids in full bloom and presented in various garden displays, floral arrangements and corsages. These different presentations come from an impressive list of vendors and exhibitors. The participants derive from the area’s leading nurseries, botanical gardens, flower shops and similarly inspired businesses. Exhibitors will also take part in a contest, offering awards to the top displays, arrangements, and more.
The sheer sensory joy that comes from visiting a place filled with so many beautiful flowers presented creatively is what makes the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show worth visiting. The contests, the vendors and exhibitors also provide guests the opportunity to learn more about this mystical flower while enjoying this prized Santa Barbara tradition.