The 18th Annual Orchid Festival
When: Saturday October 5th 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday October 6th 10 am – 3 pm
It’s almost here! .This year we’ve brought new ideas, vendors and classes to add to the excitement. You decide which of your favorite charities receives the proceeds from your purchase through the use of “Rotary Bucks” given with each purchase.
See something beautiful; take a free tour of the orchid filled greenhouses* and see hundreds of orchids blooming- in the desert! And don’t forget your camera.
Learn and laugh; Enjoy an orchid class and take home your own orchid or arrangement. Kids can attend the free Sat 10 am class to build their own orchid terrarium (by using their own empty and clean gallon milk container)
Delight the palate: Indulge your taste buds through Trader Joe’s Wine and Cheese tasting station. Enjoy your favorite tasting in a 2013 commemorative wine glass.
Grab lunch or a quick bite; Various food vendors will be ready with many delicious choices, from burgers to sweets.
Enjoy the live music; thanks to the Joshua Tree Community Jazz Band (Sat) and YVHS Jazz Ensemble (Sun) and our stage sponsor, Pacific Western Bank.
Cheer for charity; with the YVHS Cheerleaders performance
* Nonslip, rubber soled shoes are required for all greenhouse tours.
Curious as to what the it’s all about? Click on the links below to see the 2012 event.
How the Event Got Started:
The Morongo Basin Orchid Festival was first held in October of 1996. Sponsored by the Landers Area Chamber of Commerce, Gubler Orchids, Hi Desert Star, and Z-107.7 Radio, the purpose of the festival was celebrate the orchid harvest and to attract out-of-town visitors. Proceeds from orchid sales were first used to finance productions at the Homestead Valley Park. Productions included a Concert from the Safaris, Polynesian Dances, and a fireworks show. The Homestead Park kept all the funds generated from the shows.
In 1999 the Sunset Rotary Club of Yucca Valley took over the management of the festival and decided to use the proceeds to benefit non-profit groups in the hi and low deserts. In 2009, over $12,500 was distributed to non-profit desert organizations. In the past six years the Morongo Basin Orchid Festival raised and distributed over $63,500 to charities.
Today, the Festival has grown in scope and diversity. Tours of the Gubler Orchid Greenhouses is still the cornerstone of the event. Orchid “How to” classes provided by the Arizona Orchid Society, Wine and Cheese tasting, music, entertainment, food, and beverages also play an important part in the making the festival a daytime destination for locals and tourists. The festival has become a showcase of participating non-profits organizations and festival goers can learn about all the wonderful agencies and the programs that they provide in the community.
Gubler Orchids donates all the net profits to Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary club for distribution. This amount is added to the total of all the profits Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary generated during the two day event.
You will enjoy the event while supporting some wonderful non profit organizations. If you haven’t been to The Orchid Festival then you are in for a REAL treat!