Spring is in the Air at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad
Spring is in the air. It means The Flower Fields in Carlsbad are open, and the ranunculus is nearing full bloom. Thanks to El Nino, these beauties are blooming early, in fact, it just might be their earliest bloom yet. They have about 50 acres of ranunculus for you to see, and time is limited as they only have a ten week season. If you are planning a visit, you should do so very soon, because the season closes on May 8th.
My husband, youngest son and I made the short trek to Carlsbad to go to The Flower Fields. As we pulled into the parking lot, we could see the rows of incredible flowers greeting us. I immediately got a huge smile on my face, and I was reminded of why this place is one of my very favorite places to visit each spring.
Adult admission is $14.00, Seniors 60+ $13.00, children 3-10 $7.00 and children 2 and under are free. They also have season passes for all you hardcore flower enthusiasts like myself.
Once through the turnstile, your eyes will be awakened by the beautiful sights of the flowers all around you. Flower carts, beautiful gazebos with flower baskets hanging and many other gardens await you. It is all in addition to the field of beautiful ranunculus and a gorgeous American Flag display made out of petunias.
Located to the right of the entrance was our first stop, the Patricia Patterson Garden. This area is one of my three-year-old’s favorite spots. The lily pads in the small pond where little fish swim about is always a big hit with him. He could gaze at the fish all day long if we let him. I was happy they incorporated the fish and the birds into this garden.
It was simply a beautiful addition. When walking through we could feel the tranquility and see the beauty all around us. If you walk past the garden, you will come to a beautiful area that features a fountain and many places to take some beautiful family pictures. We always stop here first to take our kids pictures. It is right by the bathrooms, so it is a good first stop before all the other fun. They also have some vending machines, ATM, and a refreshing lemonade stand on the property in case you or your little ones get hungry or thirsty.
After our picture stop, we always go on a tractor wagon ride. It is a big hit with my boys, and they have loved it every single time we have gone. While you are on the ride, they play an audio history of the Flower Fields. It is very informative, and we have learned a lot from it. We were lucky enough to get a private tour from Paul Ecke III, so we did not listen to the audio history on this visit. While you are on the wagon ride, you will get incredible views of the fields that are full of brightly colored ranunculus flowers. You will get some great pictures here, so do not forget your camera. Once at the top of the field, you can look out and see all the beautiful rows of flowers and the backdrop is the Pacific Ocean. You also get a view of the Carlsbad Premium Outlets.
We always make a quick stop there after our visit to The Flower Fields. They have many excellent stores there and some new ones like the Disney outlet store. Another flower display you should not miss is the American flag made out of petunias. It is to scale and contains 19,000 Petunias inside a one-acre plot. As a tribute to the memory of those who we lost on September 11, 2001, they plant this every year since the attack. They start planting it in December because petunias are a long flowering plant.
Around the fence, they have planted some kangaroo paws and other flowers. I liked them, they are a newer addition to the fields and add to the many beautiful plants and flowers around.
After the tractor ride, we went on a little adventure visiting all the other gardens and sites around. They have a beautiful Rose walk of fame where you will see some beautiful roses and daisies. They even have a small sitting area where they have a stage to hold concerts. These take place on the weekends throughout the season. I also learned that they can hold weddings, but the wait list is about a two years long, so if you have plans for a wedding in a few years, this might be a very great location to think about for your wedding. After we had walked around a little, we came to the Sweet Pea Maze. It is a lovely little maze that you and your kids can walk around. Be sure to get your stamp book stamped. Every little area has a stamping station that is marked by a flag that the kids can get stamped. Once they fill up this passport the kids can get $1.00 off sluice mining. My kids always love this because they get to take home a bag of stones. My youngest was very excited this time because he got an orange stone in his bucket. He also really loves Santa’s Playground. It has some original pieces from Santa’s Village. The mushrooms are adorable, and they bring back good memories of my childhood going to Santa’s Village.
I love how much you can learn at The Flower Fields. They incorporated areas to teach the public things such as wise water farming. During our drought, I think this is an excellent program, and extremely helpful for people to see. Another area of The Flower Fields I love is the historic poinsettia display. Here you can view an assortment of different varieties of poinsettias. I never knew those flowers came in so many different shapes and colors. In the area outside the greenhouse, you will see all new signage. The signs look great, and I loved reading all the information on them. The pictures they added look great on the new signs too.
The last stop was to the Cymbidium Orchid Greenhouse for our group, and it was beautiful. I have not been around that many orchids before, and it made me happy. Orchids are one of my favorite flowers, so it was nice to be surrounded by so many of them. Our day spent at the flower fields was amazing. I believe everyone should go here at least once if they are in the area. Take your Husband or Wife, Grandmother, Kids or Mom. They will enjoy it. It is a beautiful place to visit for Easter Sunday Service or Mother’s Day. If you have children be sure to visit on April 3, 2016, for Kids Day.
For more information on all the events held at The Flower Fields, you can visit their website at www.theflowerfields.com.
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