The 72nd Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

Posted on Mar 10 by SEASONS Magazine

Photo courtesy Santa Barbara International Orchid Show.

Photo courtesy Santa Barbara International Orchid Show.

The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show returns to the Earl Warren Showground (3400 Calle Real) from Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day for its 72nd Annual Show. This year the theme of the show is “Orchid Mystique.”

It’s very fitting that Santa Barbara hosts this International Orchid Show. Santa Barbara has been the epicenter for domestic orchid growth for decades. Many greenhouses in the area open their doors on the weekend to sell these alluring flowers. These flowers were once very rare, during the days of orchid propagation, orchids sold for thousands of dollars. Now, orchids are widely available thanks to widespread horticultural technology like laboratory orchid cloning.

This annual orchid show features amazing blooms that exceed the average expectation of an orchid. 2017’s theme “Orchid Mystique” allows orchid experts to display their knowledge and show their best flowers. This show is one of the country’s longest-running celebrations of the orchid family. It has a reputation for having one of the grandest living displays of this genus—over 25,000 species. This celebration centralizes some of the rarest species and trend-setting hybrids.

Photo courtesy Santa Barbara International Orchid Show.

Photo courtesy Santa Barbara International Orchid Show.

This year’s featured orchid can be seen on the festival poster. This orchid is a quintessential example of the connection people make with this captivating flower. The flower is Mystacidium capense, a species from Africa, named “Carrie Chu.” Don Brown, a celebrated Santa Barbara hobbyist, named this amazing orchid after his wife. The Carrie Chu was recently awarded the very prestigious First Class Certificate and Certificate of Cultural Excellence by the American Orchid Society for the flowers exquisite quality, display and exceptional growing achievement.

Photo courtesy Santa Barbara International Orchid Show.

The “Carrie Chu” or Mystacidium capense, Photo courtesy Santa Barbara International Orchid Show.

For more information, visit sborchidshow.com or call 805/403-1533.

—Lauren Bennett

 

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