Yellow orchid flowers at the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

Is the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate Worth a Trip?

Santa Barbara, California boasts some beautiful flora and fauna. It’s also home to one of the world’s largest collections of orchids. Established in 1957, the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate (SBOE) has something for the admirer, occasional hobbyist, and avid orchidist alike. It’s set amidst five acres of beautiful coastal landscape and is just 500 feet from the Pacific Ocean. If you’re looking for fresh flowers during your trip to the American Riviera, this stunning facility has you covered! Here are some of the things you’ll find at the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate.

How to Explore the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

Learn the History

Originally founded by Robert J. Chrisman, the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate was managed by Paul Gripp for a decade. Paul purchased SBOE in 1967, retired in 1986, and passed down the business to his two children, Parry and Alice. Today, the Estate is known around the globe for its lovely grounds and friendly service.

Attend an Event

Fall Open House | November

If you’re looking to build up your orchid collection, consider attending the SBOE Annual Fall Open House in November. The Estate sells everything from bare root and potted plants to seedlings and bulbs during the event. There are plenty of species to choose from, including Cattleyas, Masdevallias, Cymbidiums, Laelias, Dendrobiums, and more.

Can’t make it to the Open House? No need to worry. SBOE will send the plants right to your door! Simply specify your growing conditions and any preferences you have, and your plants will be shipped within two weeks. You can order ten plants for $85 or fifty for $375.

International Orchid Show | March

SBOE also hosts the International Orchid Show, the largest and oldest-running orchid showcase in the United States. Visitors from all over the world return to Santa Barbara each year to delight in grand displays installed by national and international artisans. Show-goers will find vendors offering thousands of blooming plants, orchid-related art, and growing supplies for sale. You can even enjoy the beautiful orchids at local nurseries, many of which hold open houses and special sales concurrent with the Orchid Show.


SBOE is located on Orchid Drive and is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They’re also open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be sure to check it out when you’re in the area!

Book Your Stay at the Cheshire Cat Inn

When it’s time to reserve your lodging in California, look no further than the Cheshire Cat Inn. Our bed and breakfast is just a 15-minute drive from the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate and has everything you need to relax and unwind. Enjoy comfortable accommodations, top-notch amenities, and beautiful views right from our inn. We even offer a complimentary wine tasting hour each evening and a delicious homemade breakfast in the morning. So what are you waiting for? Check our availability and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.


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