Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, Santa Barbara

4.3
#9 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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  • June 6, 2017
    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 »
  • April 5, 2017
    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 »
  • March 31, 2017
    It is certainly one of the finest collections of orchids in the country with several thousand different species aligned under large greenhouses in an informal way and unfortunately inadequately labelled and documented. There are species from around the world, but the big local specialty seems to be the Cymbidium, the Catteleyas and Laelias of California, but there is also a wonderful specimens from the Mexico, the Brazil and Central America. Admission is free and you're a little delivered to you, which is too bad, because such a show called lots of questions. It's really a set of beauty and it is curious that the travel guides do so little State. On the other hand, this has its advantages because we were pretty much alone in these huge greenhouses where it should not be easy to cross in case of heavy traffic! Finally, I'm, not a specialist, but the price, when they were posted, have seemed me both very cheap and affordable for some superb and frighteningly expensive species for others rather disappointing in view!
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  • June 6, 2017
    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.
  • April 15, 2017
    Friendly Knowledgeable staff. Great selection!
  • March 21, 2017
    Been here many times over the years. Lots lots of orchid varieties
  • July 27, 2016
    Absolutely beautiful place to visit. The owners are very attentive to the plants and excited to talk to you about them should you have any questions.
  • July 10, 2016
    The most diverse and interesting variety of orchids on the west coast. Great value and selection.

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