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San Diego Botanic Garden opens World of Orchids show


Last updated 4/8/2021 at 1:09pm


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The Phrag. Cardinale "Wilcox" orchid is one of many on display in the San Diego Botanic Garden's orchid showcase, World of Orchids.

ENCINITAS – San Diego Botanic Garden's inaugural spring orchid showcase, World of Orchids, opened Saturday, April 3, and will continue through Sunday, May 2, Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on select days until 8 p.m.

The exhibit is in the garden's state-of-the-art, 8,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed facility – the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory – which opened last year as a $6.5 million addition to the 37-acre urban oasis.

"The orchids at San Diego Botanic Garden have beauty and grace that will knock your socks off," Ari Novv, president and CEO, of SDBG, said. "There's nothing better than a bright spring day among the orchids."

SDBG's highly awarded Artist-in-Residence, René van Rems of the American Institute of Floral Designers serves as creative director for the exhibit. Van Rems is designing a new display for each of the five weeks, allowing visitors to experience changing flowers and arrangements across multiple visits.

The stunning designs will feature impressive specimens, locally bred hybrids and rare species plants displayed in unique and unexpected ways. In addition to the many orchids that typically grow in the garden's conservatory, displays will include plants on loan from private growers belonging to two local groups – the San Diego County Orchid Society,, and the Palomar Orchid Society, – as well as orchids and materials from local businesses.

On Saturdays and Sundays, as well as select Fridays during the month, vendors and conservation organizations will offer unusual and unique orchids and merchandise for sale. Admission to World of Orchids is included with the purchase of a one-day ticket or an annual membership. For more information and to reserve an entrance date and time, visit

Submitted by the San Diego Botanic Garden.


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