A spring trip when you’re in college is usually somewhere tropical or somewhere where you can party like there is no tomorrow. As you get older, a spring trip usually involves checking off items on your bucket list.
This month I got to check an item of my list when we took a road trip down to San Diego, CA. Although I have been to San Diego before, this time around I went to places I have never been before, one of which I have wanted to visit for years.
In Carlsbad (just north of the city of San Diego) there are The Flower Fields. For over sixty years, the hills of North San Diego County are transformed into a sprawling sea of natural color and beauty unlike almost anywhere in the world. For the past 26 years, for about 6 weeks (March 1st through April 13th this year), visitors have been welcome to visit The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, a truly magical place where each spring over 50 acres on a hillside are painted with the rainbow colors of millions of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers.
The fields we see today are the result of over 85 years of cultivation started by Luther Gage who was an early settler and grower in the ranch laden San Diego of the 1920’s. Mr. Gage planted his first Ranunculus flowers in a small field next to his later partners (Frank Frazee) farm. He so named his flowers Tecolote Ranunculus after the Tecolote Owls that lived in the trees surrounding the farms. Today there are multiple strains of the Ranunculus and the farm has now started growing 5 different types of blueberries and even started a line of coffee beans. Next year they plan on selling blueberry muffins and fresh grown coffee on site at their store. Also available at the store are many different plants and a big selection of garden and home décor items.
The fields also have several programs for schools to educate the students from Pre-K to 2nd Grade and 3rd to 5th grade from September thru April. Students can participate in on site growing program as well as a Investigative program that allows students to learn all the details involved with growing all kinds of plant life. Contact the flower fields today for full details or to book a field trip for your school.
While you are there, be sure to check out the Artists Gardens to see beautiful plant sculptures and flowers of many kinds. The kids will also have fun in the Carlsbad Mining Company to find polished gem stones by sifting sand in water. The Demonstration Garden, Santa’s Village and Sweet Pea Maze will certainly keep the young ones occupied. One of my favorite features is the Bird Atrium with many different types of birds to watch and enjoy.
The Flower Fields make for a peaceful and fun day for anyone with a love of nature. I am glad that I had the opportunity to tour and was even given a personal tour by one of their on-site Ambassadors. He was able to provide a full guided tour and so much information. It would have taken me all day to see half of what we saw with him (Thanks John!). Please know when you look at my pics, that I was provided special access for my blog story and it is very much against the rules to cross the green tape and walk in the actual flower fields. Please stay in the pedestrian area when you visit, so as not to damage the flowers.
I hope you get a chance to visit The Flower Fields in Carlsbad yourself and enjoy it as much as I did one day. If you do, or have been there before, I look forward to hearing from you what you thought. Leave a comment and we can compare notes.
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