• About the Show

About the Show

The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show has been named “one of the top orchid shows in the world” by the Los Angeles Times and has been featured alongside the U.K.’s prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. The Santa Barbara Orchid Show unites a thriving, international community of growers and enthusiasts cultivating an environment of wonder and delight in celebration of the world’s most exotic flower.

Explore the fascinating complexity and exquisite beauty of orchids, the largest plant family on the planet, many of which find an ideal home here in the temperate climate of the Southern California coast. Travel through a world of orchid species and hybrids – each a living work of art that contributes to a multi-million dollar industry, garnering Santa Barbara worldwide acclaim among horticulturists and field experts. Learn about orchid caretaking through grower demonstrations and feel inspired by gorgeous works of art that celebrate their beguiling depth and color. Watch as vendors and exhibitors from around the world vie for the titles of “Best Orchid in Show” and “Grand Champion Cymbidium” and other distinctive honors reserved for the show’s most outstanding flowers.

The next in-person Santa Barbara International Orchid Show will be March 10-12, 2023 at Earl Warren Showgrounds, located in Santa Barbara at Highway 101 and Las Positas Road. Three-day passes are available, and group tickets may be reserved through the website. General admission is $14; seniors (ages 65+), students with ID and advance group sales (minimum 25) are $12; and children 12 and under are free with an adult.