At one time, Santa Barbara County growers held a rare stock in trade, orchids that couldn't be found elsewhere. In recent years, importer sand large scale local growers have flooded the market, so that anyone with $10-$20 can find a beautiful orchid at a local retail supermarket. SB Orchid Estate, one of the early hybridizers, doesn't even try to compete with this market. Instead, its orchids range from interesting to the exotic -- things that you can't find elsewhere. The owners have been doing this years and have an interesting story to go with each plant sold. The "Estate" has seen days when its green houses were in better repair -- still. as you wander through its many greenhouses, you can't help but be amazed at the variety (and sometimes price) of the orchids offered for sale. For those interested in plants and gardens, SB Orchid Estate is well worth a visit.
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