Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, Santa Barbara

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#10 of 17 in Parks in Santa Barbara
Home to one of the world's foremost collections of orchid species and hybrids. Established in 1957 amidst five acres of beautiful coastal Santa Barbara landscape, SBOE offers to the admirer, occasional hobbyist, budding student of orchids, seasoned grower or avid orchidist alike, a diversity of orchids and an understanding of orchid culture bound to challenge and delight. Visitors are always welcome, so join us anytime!
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  • Here a huge magnitude of greenhouses in which to grow orchids. Even if you're not going to buy them, you can just visit and walk among these unusual colors. Here is a small, free parking. The hosts are very friendly to tourists.
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  • Luckily a local told us about the Orchid Estate. It's a family owned business with an incredible variety of orchids, many for sale. The owners were very hospitable and helpful, taking the time to answ...  more »
  • The most amazing collection and variety of orchids available to the public. It was fun just walking through it and photographing the flowers. We bought a very special orchid and had it shipped home. I...  more »
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  • Amazing experience, we did go here because my GF loves orchids, in a big way, the staff let us peruse at our leisure for hours, at the end of the day we had a whole selection to "check out" by the front desk. This is a place for people who are into the flowers. the staff are growers, and not hipsters, so definitely more on the eclectic side of the places we have been to.. but in a very good way. Highly Recommended.
  • I've gotten many plants and quite a lot of good advice on orchid growing here over the past few years. They take wonderful care of their plants and have so many you could almost never see them all. If you need advice on care for an orchid talk to Wayne, he is extremely helpful! Here is a pic of an orchid I bought from them just last month!
  • I had misunderstood and thought it is like a fair or tourist attraction to see orchids, however it is a store to buy orchids. The attendant was really friendly and they had lots of different kind of orchids. But if you are not into buying orchids, probably it may not be that interesting.
  • Huge orchid estate. Lovely to just walk around and enjoy the various varieties of orchids and purchase those that strike your fancy. Very knowledgeable staff.
  • Excellent place and people, to buy Orchids.

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