This is the 65th anniversary of the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show held annually in March. The show started in 1945 by the Santa Barbara Horticultural Society at Montecito Grange Hall. The show has moved several times as it grew larger and drew more and more interest from collectors, spectators and hobbyists eventually to its current location at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. The display of thousands of orchids takes up the large exhibit hall; and the small building called Warren Hall houses the vendors. Growers come from far and near to display their prized exotic plants. Many are also offered for sale. At its peak in 1999, the orchid show drew 14,000 people.
The Santa Barbara Show, one of the oldest in the nation, is considered the premier orchid show in the country. The Showgrounds becomes a magical paradise of exotic flowers. Commercial growers create their dsiplays around a theme. This year's theme is Nature in Harmony.
The above information was extrapolated from an article in the SB Newspress, the Facebook Page of the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show,and the Santa Barbara Independent.
For the full story about the history of the show, interviews and information go to: http://www.newspress.com/, and http://www.independent.com/
photographs by Charles Rowden and Dick Clark from the SBOrchidShow facebook page