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Santa Barbara Orchid Show - This Weekend - March 11 - 13, 2011

Drama Queen

The Santa Barbara Orchid Show is taking place this weekend at the Earl Warren Showground in Santa Barbara.   In addition to the formal show, several of  the orchid growers in our area are holding open house events at their facilities.

Island View Nursery - Orchids 3

Springtime in Santa Barbara is orchid season.  Why not immerse yourself in the extravagant and theatrical beauty of orchids, and celebrate the color and fragrance and vibrant beauty of the season.

Tropical Tornado

If you are not able to attend the show in person, here are some links provided by the Santa Barbara Orchid Society that will take you to other sites where you may learn more about the culture and society of orchids and those who love and grow them.

Island View Nursery 6 Cymbidium

Here is the link to an earlier post I wrote about my visit to the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate.

Angelic

And, as a special treat,  here is an online copy of a book entitled Orchid Album.

 Written by Robert Warner and Benjamin Samuel Williams, the book was published in 1882.   It describes the wild orchids that were  hunted and collected in Columbia by the authors.  (To scroll through the book, click the black arrows at the top - to enlarge or reduce the images, click the + or - symbols.)

May your weekend be filled with dreams of orchids....

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