Staff Report

Orchid growers from around the globe will gather to exhibit the pride of their world-class specimens at the 73rd annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show from Friday through Sunday, March 9-11, at the Earl Warren Showgrounds.

The public is invited to tour and marvel at the melding of knowledge, beauty and prestige in the unmatched collection of rare and alluring orchids from passionate hobbyists and commercial leaders.

This year’s show doubles as the semi-annual conference of the American Orchid Society, which assures that the best-of-the-best of orchid horticulturists will attend.

The theme for this year’s expo is “Orchids—The World’s Greatest Show.”

Among the groups exhibiting will be premier California growers, including Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, CalOrchid, and Huntington Gardens. Throughout the year, these flower and plant experts host visitors to their separate gardens and showrooms, and the Orchid Show joins them to achieve unrivaled variety in a single location.

The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days at the showgrounds at Las Positas Road and Highway 101.

General admission is $14; seniors, students with ID and advance group sales (minimum 25) are $12; and children 12 and under are free with an adult. Tickets are available in advance at