The most highly coveted of ornamental plants, the orchid, takes center stage Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5, at the 20th annual San Diego International Orchid Fair at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas.
Thousands of varieties of these rare, exotic and graceful plants, from international specialty orchid vendors, will be on display and for sale in the Garden’s Ecke Building. Orchid-related products such as pottery, paintings and books will also be available for purchase. In addition, orchid care lectures will be offered throughout the day for participants to learn how to care, grow and nurture these delicate plants.
The fair is an official American Orchid Society event, where these flowers will be shown and judged. Local orchid growers are encouraged to participate. To register, growers should bring plants to be judged to the San Diego Botanic Garden’s Ecke Building between 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, or between 9 a.m. and noon Friday, Oct. 3.
The San Diego International Orchid Fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5. The fair is free with paid admission or membership to the garden. General admission costs $14 for adults; $10 for seniors, students and active military; and $8 for children ages 3-12.