Two and a half months. That’s all the time we get with our annual bloom. The flowers arrive, the colors dazzle thousands, and then it all recedes once more until the following year.
The time is now.
From March 1 to May 12, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch® boasts nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the flowers transform the rolling hills in Carlsbad into an incredible display of coordinated natural color.
(Fun history fact: The name “Tecolote” came from the owls that used to nest on the property.)
But that’s not all this floral wonderland offers.
One portion of fields displays an enormous American flag of red, white, and blue petunias strategically planted on a 300 by 170 foot hillside. There’s an antique tractor ride through The Flower Fields that includes the location’s history. And if you want a deep-dive into the history of The Flower Fields, stop by the Paul Ecke Jr. Barn and watch Legacy of Color.
If you would like to experience even more — there are also The Artist Gardens, Cymbidium Orchid Greenhouse, Historic Poinsettia Display, and a Demonstration Garden curated by The Master Gardeners of San Diego. There are three new gardens to explore as well: The Mediterranean Garden, Whimsical Garden, and Wedding Garden each offer a unique experience for visitors.
Kids are sure to enjoy Santa’s Playground, home to some of the playhouses and gigantic mushrooms that used to live at Santa’s Village in Lake Arrowhead. Or perhaps they’ll discover some invaluable gemstones at Carlsbad Mining Company, The Flower Fields’ sluice mining activity. And there is the Sweet Pea Maze for the adventurous, or for the more curious, the Water Wise Farming showcase put on by the University of California Cooperative Extension, San Diego County.
And none of that begins to cover the array of events The Flower Fields hosts throughout the season. Events run the gamut of interests, from arts and crafts to food trucks galore; live blues to after-hours wine tasting; a picnic in the flowers to tea in the garden. Dive deeper into what’s planned so far on the 2019 Calendar of Events page of the website and get your tickets accordingly.
There’s something for everyone at The Flower Fields—and we expect over 150,000 visitors. As the full bloom peaks, more and more people visit the fields to view the acres of ranunculus. Which is why it’s a great time to go right now! The best time to go is weekdays, especially earlier in the week. The bloom has begun, and the doors are open. To learn more about what to expect during your visit, explore the Visitor Information page.
See you at The Flower Fields!