No 2022 Show!
Santa Barbara International
Orchid Show
returns March 2023

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Letter from Our Show President – no show in 2022

Letter from Show President

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NO SHOW in 2022! Next Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is 2023! To learn more, sign up for our e-newsletter. The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show never sells its mailing list.

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The 2020 Show had been completely installed when the Show Board made the difficult decision to cancel before opening day to avoid the spread of COVID-19. The Show was at its most beautiful…and at the point of greatest expenditure. No visitors could attend the show; no tickets were sold at the door; all online ticket purchases were refunded.

Now the Show asks for help from our orchid friends as we move into an uncertain future. Please consider making a tax deductible donation in support of world of beauty that nourishes the hearts and minds of all of us.

As the Show evolves to face the new realities and challenges of a world changed by pandemic, it depends upon the financial support of fellow orchid lovers to raise seed money for upcoming shows. YOU can help! Donations large and small are urgently needed to help the Show create new traditions for the future!

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show exists to bring the joy of orchids to everyone with its internationally recognized displays of orchids in all their exuberant beauty. In addition to educating the public about the astonishing variety of flowers found in the orchid family, the Show has provided culture demonstrations, sponsored orchid art and floral arrangements, and partnered with other non-profit organizations that support orchid conservation in the wild.

Orchids – A World of Adventure, 75th Show – virtually

For a glimpse of our magnificent 75th Show in March of 2020, sadly cancelled by COVID-19 before it could open, view our YouTube video or Facebook video. Watch a timelapse of the Show’s multi-day installation. Learn about the History of the Show from the American Orchid Society magazine.

Your virtual tour of past shows…

Enjoy Huell Howser’s classic tour of the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show and the California Orchid Trail, courtesy of the Chapman College archives.

Orchids Online

Please support our orchid nurseries and vendors by visiting their websites. Be sure to contact the nursery ahead of any in-person visit, as some are still mail-order only or open only by appointment.

California Orchid Trail Map

The local nurseries of Santa Barbara county are on the California Orchid Trail Map or visit the California Orchid Trail website.

About Us

The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious orchid shows in the United States, reflecting the rich agricultural and orchid-growing history of Santa Barbara County. Visitors from all over the world return each March to delight in our grand orchid displays installed by local, national and international artisans and orchid enthusiasts. Exhibits of orchid art, photography and floral arrangements, in addition to a comprehensive workshop and demonstration schedule, provide visitors with a rich and unique orchid experience.

The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization with the purpose of sharing the joy of the orchid world and educating the public about orchids via its annual Show in March. Support the Show with your tax-deductible donation.

Our Sponsors

Our Sponsors help make this Community Event possible. Thank you!