S.B. Orchid Estate International Orchid Fair

Browse orchids from over 30 vendors and organizations, see potting demonstrations, meet authors and more.

When: Friday, July 9, 2010, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Special Events


Enjoy the sights, smells, and shopping of 30th annual “Weekend of orchids from around the world”- outdoors under open-air canopies! Over thirty orchid vendors and orchid organizations offering blooming to bare-root plants for purchase plus friendly orchid expertise and tall tales for free. This year's guest author is Dr Rudolf Jenny from Switzerland, who will be chatting with visitors and selling his new title “The Stanhopea Book”. Summer is the peak bloom time for many of these bizarre orchids with large floral fragrances. Many species of Stanhopea grow outside in coastal California, because the temperatures here are similar to their native Central and South America. Recurring potting and culture demonstrations from simple repotting and dividing to growing glorious specimen plants by SBOE staff and noted orchidist Lance Birk. At 1 p.m. on Friday the American Orchid Society will judge beautiful and strange orchid flowers in public view. At 1 p.m. on Saturday the All Japan Neofinetia Society will judge the orchid species Neofinetia falcata based on their foliage and decorative pots plus provide commentary in English and Japanese.

Also this weekend: Dr Rudolf Jenny will speak on “Stanhopea Orchids” at a special meeting of the Santa Barbara Branch of the Cymbidium Society of America. (For lecture details, see link, sidebar.)

Phone: 805-967-1284

Event posted June 24, 2010
Last updated June 24, 2010


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