A Fabulous Day at The Flower Fields
We visited as a guest of the Flower Fields
My husband, son and I visited The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. We were there as part of a special media tour. It was very fun and informative. We learned many new things about The Flower Fields that we had never known before today. These things were shared by Paul Ecke III (the Ecke Family started the flower fields) and also by the General manager of The Flower Fields Fred Clark.
Our Journey through The Flower Fields started on an antique tractor ride. Once we boarded the tractor our tour began. We headed towards the field furthest away from the tractor start. The Ranunculus are planted sequentially so that the first bloom start all the way on the field to the left and then move towards the right as the weeks go on. Right now there’s an early bloom that has about 30 acres of peak color due to the great weather that we had in February. I knew we were having wonderful weather and it is apparent that the flowers knew this too. This means by Mother’s Day the flowers will be in full bloom and very beautiful. It would make a great backdrop for Mother’s Day pictures.
As we drove down the dirt path we were shown the sweet pea maze where you and your kids can venture through. We also were shown some beautiful Poinsettias and told that Paul’s Grandfather was the man who started the poinsettia as the Christmas symbol we know and love today. We thought this was really neat. At The Flower Fields you can see a whole bunch of different poinsettias displayed.
At The top of The Flower Fields you can see the flowers with the beautiful ocean view, it doesn’t get any better than this. You will also see an amazing flag made out of petunias. This display has 8998 petunias to be exact. All the flowers are to the scale of a real American flag. This is a beautiful sight to see,so be sure not to miss it.
A new flower they planted at The Flower Fields this year is called kangaroo paws. They are growing them along the fence by the flag and you can view them on the tractor ride. The color of these flowers are vibrant. I got to touch one and they were furry feeling.
You can learn and see so many beautiful plants and flowers at The Flower Fields. Each time you go you will notice new and beautiful things.
For the little kids there is a fun little park called Santa’s Playground that is decorated with original pieces from Santa’s Village. Paul Ecke III acquired some pieces (by auction) and after storing them for a while at his sisters house he decided to share the love and build a little park for other kids to enjoy, just like the kids in his family have done for many years. One of the pieces you can see the worn down 2×4 where so many kids have passed through.
If you continue to walk around the gardens you will see some large bird cages with some birds and also a pretty fountain. There is also a little snack bar, a few snack areas and vending machines along with a place to pan for gold. There are many areas to stop and take pictures around The Flower Fields, so click away!
The Flower Fields are also a great place for children to learn about the growth process of flowers. They have different programs for classrooms and also a program on-site. Over 7000 children visit the flower fields for these programs annually. For adults there is an area called Master Gardner’s where Docents can answer questions and show you different ways flowers can be planted at your home. This years theme is Mediterranean climate plants. These are fabulous to plant here because they are very drought tolerant plants and flowers. I really enjoyed speaking with the Docent today, she had a wealth of knowledge.
Our visit to the flower fields today really made me appreciate the place more. I usually just walk through every year and enjoy the beauty. This time I learned so much about the whole process and how much goes into it. I have a whole new appreciation.
If you would like to know more about this wonderful place visit their website http://www.theflowerfields.com.
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