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Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, Santa Barbara

(4.4/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Based on previous reviews I thought this would be something like a botanical garden. But when we arrived the owner seemed frustrated with us because we were just there to look and not buy. Most areas ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The most diverse and interesting variety of orchids on the west coast. Great value and selection.
  • A real hidden gem most locals don't know about. Worth the drive to Goleta. Such a lovely place to spend an hour or three! So many amazing orchids ranging from tiny to big and showy. So much variety here, it boggles the mind. The wonderful ocean breezes there make this a little piece of paradise even more serene and inviting.
  • I am a long time customer and have sent many people to Santa Barbara Orchid Estates over the years. I have received nothing but exemplary service and incredible product. All of my friends have had similar experiences. I have never received a negative comment. They ship to me frequently and the product arrives in incredible shape and extremely well packaged. I've never had any damage or loss. I would recommend this business to anyone. I have no financial or familial connection, just reporting on an excellent business. he will be pleased.
  • Love this place is awesome service is excellent they are very helpful nice and answer all your questions:-)