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Curated: Orchids and Their Care

At Zoom

May 15, 2021 / 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Learn about the care and science of your favorite flowers with orchid experts George Hatfield and Curator of Malacology Daniel L. Geiger, Ph.D. Although orchids have a reputation as fussy plants, many live as epiphytes (plants that grow on top of other plants), making them hardier than one might think! Yet it’s important to understand these plants to successfully grow them. Whether you’re new to orchids or an advanced grower, this online workshop with live Q&A will expand your expertise and confidence.

Hatfield, a globally-recognized master of the craft of breeding and maintaining showy Cymbidium plants, will teach you about their care, including the division of orchids, a vital, yet easy, task important to the long-term health of these plants. Watch this practice in action with the Cymbidium plants that make their home in the Museum’s historic courtyard. Then Dr. Geiger will offer a rare view of the Museum’s scanning electron microscope room, where he dives deep into research probing the secrets of microorchids.

Multiple ticket levels are available for this online program, from watch-only links to a great opportunity to add to your orchid collection. A limited number of tickets are available at each level (especially the most advanced): be sure to get yours before it sells out!

Buy Tickets >>

  • Basic: $30 (delivered by email)
    Want to only watch? We’ll email you a link.

  • Novice: $50
    Basic benefits, plus a live Cymbidium plant from Hatfield’s Nursery.*
  • Apprentice: $100
    Novice benefits, plus one small division from the Museum’s courtyard Cymbidium orchids.* Extremely limited number available.
  • Fanatic: $250
    Apprentice benefits (including a larger division from the Museum’s courtyard Cymbidium orchids), one orchid plant for experienced growers donated by Dr. Geiger (possible species are: Acianthera pectinatae, Dinema polybulbon, Restrepia brachypus – plants will be randomly assigned),* a free subscription to Orchid Digest, and recognition in the program’s opening slideshow. Extremely limited number available.

  • Ultimate Fan: $500
    Fanatic benefits, but with one each of the orchids for experienced growers donated by Dr. Geiger (Acianthera pectinatae, Dinema polybulbon, Restrepia brachypus, Sarcoglottis sceptrodes),* a free subscription to Orchid Digest, and recognition in the program script. Only one available.

Be sure to mark your calendar for our other garden-related program the Museum is hosting this spring:
Online Workshop: Art Meets Science –Block Printing Botanicals – May 1, 2021

Special thanks to our generous event sponsors:
Orchid Society of Santa Barbara, Hatfield Orchids, Orchid Digest, and Carl Zeiss Microscopy

SPONSORSHIP
Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available from $250–$2,500, with generous benefits that include seats and live Cymbidium plants from Hatfield’s Nursery to share with your staff and clients – please visit our sponsorship page for this program and contact Foundation & Corporate Relations Development Officer Melissa Baffa at mbaffa@sbnature2.org for more information.

* Plants will be distributed at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History; program registrants will receive pick-up information in early May.