International Orchid Show In Santa Barbara To Feature Orchid Which Survived Montecito's Flooding

Mar 9, 2018

Orchid lovers from around the world will be on the South Coast for the 73rd annual Santa Barbara International Orchid show, which runs Friday through Sunday.

Among the orchids on hand is one which survived January’s disastrous debris flows in Montecito. It’s the miracle orchid.

When the January 9th flooding and debris flow hit Montecito, it ruptured a gas line and caused a huge fire. Fortunately, Dr. Len Grabowski wasn’t at his home when the fire destroyed it. He returned to find the house gone, but one of his orchids survived.

Dr. Grabowski will be speaking at the Orchid Show at noon tomorrow, and will have the miracle orchid with him. The show runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.