Orchids at Night (SOLD OUT)

 May 16, 2024 | 6 – 8 p.m.


Enjoy the beauty of World of Orchids in a whole new way during this after-hours event. An experience for the senses, Orchids at Night will feature hundreds of vibrant orchid blooms, spectacular scents, and live Japanese koto music by two talented players. Sip and savor your way through the exhibition with light bites and beverages available for purchase. The evening will also include a short presentation about orchids by SDBG Director of Gardens John Clements. A former orchid nursery owner with more than 40 years of experience, John offers a wealth of knowledge on all things orchid!

Cost: $15 for Members; $30 for non-Members.

This event is for adults 21 and over. Advanced tickets are required as the event is expected to sell out. No refunds available after purchase. Please note that only the Conservatory will be open for this special event, other areas of the Garden will not be accessible. Due to the setup and flow of the exhibition, there is standing access only inside the Conservatory.

Meet Featured Koto Player Yuki Easter

Yuki Easter is the founder of the SoCal Koto Ensemble. She received her koto instructor’s license from the Grand Master Sawai Koto Academy of Music in Tokyo, Japan. Since 1993, she has been performing at venues throughout San Diego, including the Japanese Friendship Gardens. Ms. Easter will be accompanied by Kumiko Esparza.

Characterized for its mesmerizing sounds, the koto is a wooden string instrument from Japan with a rich history dating back centuries. The gentle melodies and intricate rhythms of the koto evoke a sense of tranquility and reflection that invites listeners on a journey of Japan’s musical traditions. 

Pre-Order Food

The Garden offers a selection of sweet and savory treats to enjoy during the event. Food will be available for pre-order during the checkout process for Orchids at Night tickets.

Food is available for pre-order only, and will not be available for purchase on the night of the event. The deadline for orders is Friday, May 10 by 3 p.m. 

Order Food


PLEASE NOTE: Outside food is not permitted. Pre-ordered food is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged.  SDBG is a cash free facility. Pre-ordered food will be available for pick up from 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. at the main entrance check-in table outside of the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory. Please bring your registration confirmation for pick up. 

Savory Bites

Charcuterie for Two ($30)

Extra sharp Australian grass fed cheddar, cranberry hazelnut raincoast crisps, triple creme brie, sopressata salami, fresh fruit, aged gouda, a fig spread and a sour cherry spread.

Gluten-free available. 

Charcuterie for Four ($50)

Extra sharp Australian grass fed cheddar, cranberry hazelnut raincoast crisps, triple creme brie, sopressata salami, fresh and dried fruit, aged gouda, blueberry lemon thyme goat cheese, fig spread and sour cherry spread.

Sweet Treats

Choose from a selection of delicious sweets, including: 

Homemade Strawberry Parfait ($9) 

The Cookie ($5)

Lemon Bar ($7) Gluten-free  

Raspberry Almond Bar ($8) Vegan



Allergen information is provided during check-out.

wine and beer cans lined up


Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available the night of the event, including:

Bottled Water ($2)

Flavored Sparkling Water and Sodas ($3)

Wines and Spritzes ($9)

Craft Beers ($9)



A valid ID is required for alcohol purchases.