Monday, March 2, 2009

My Town Monday: Flower Fields



It's a special time of year in San Diego County.

A time to stop and smell the roses. Well, the Ranunculus, to be exact. Well, the giant strain of Ranunculus called the Tecolote, to be even more exact.

The Carlsbad Flower Fields are open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm from March 1 until May 10. For about $8 (children pay less), you can wander the very very colorful 50-acre flower fields. There is even an outdoor sunrise Easter service at 6:15 am which includes a free breakfast.

Here's a little history for you. About seventy years ago, Luther Gage, an English horticulturist, immigrated to Southern California. He brought along some Ranunculus seeds. And this is how the first Ranunculus were planted in North America! The bulbs from this farm are now sold worldwide. And while the area around the Flower Fields has been taken over by development, the Flower Fields will always be run as a flower or agricultural farm because of a perpetuity agreement with the city of Carlsbad. 


So, if you're ever in the are between March and May, you'll want to work in a trip to the Carlsbad Flower Fields. Maybe on your way to Legoland! And....did you see how there is no food in this week's My Town Monday post?!

Here's the contact info:
The Carlsbad Flower Fields
5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad CA
phone: 760-431-0352



Please trundle over to Travis Erwin's blog. He's our Fearless Leader for My Town Mondays. Along with his own MTM, he'll have a list of participants.

Sources:
http://sandiego.about.com/cs/familyfun/a/flowerfields.htm
http://www.theflowerfields.com

34 comments:

D.A. Riser said...

I'm still waiting for my first chance to visit San Diego, so I'll admit that the flower field photo doesn't fit with my preconceived notion. Beautiful!

Keri Mikulski said...

Gorgeous!!!

We're gearing up for another foot of snow! Thanks for the pick me up! :)

Lainey-Paney said...

beautiful!!!!


actually....when we took my little brother to Legoland...one of my favorite things was a strawberry field where we could go out & just pick our own strawberries. Oh, it was great!

Sandi said...

I may drag the troops down today. Those photos are gorgeous. I had no idea this was here. Thank you for sharing.

Laura said...

WOW - it is cold, windy, snowy and icey here - oh how I crave the beauty of flowers and the sent of spring!

Thanks for making me fall deeper into my winter blues!!!!!!

Teresa said...

Love the pictures, Barrie. I didn't even know that there was a kind of flower called a "Ranunculus".

debra said...

After this weekend, I so needed to see fields of flowers! Perfect timing. Thanks, Barrie!

Jenn Jilks said...

We are so frozen over. Flowers are a beautiful thing.

Charles Gramlich said...

Beautiful flowers. That would be something to see. I had no idea they were there. Not like the poppy fields in Wizard of Oz I hope.

Bookworm said...

So beautiful!

Twenty Four At Heart said...

Ahhhhh ... the flower fields! I hope to get my dose of ranunculus sometime in the next two weeks. It's always so beautiful!

Lady Glamis said...

How beautiful! I think my husband would like Legoland better than the flowers. Looks like there's two things to please us!

Maggie May said...

Thank you for reminding me of this! I am taking my family soon.:)

Vodka Mom said...

Those are really incredible!! Sometimes I DO miss San Diego. (Especially when it's TEN degrees here...)

David Cranmer said...

Barrie, My wife loves flowers and enjoyed your post. Beautiful pics!

pattinase (abbott) said...

Impossible to believe that's in the same country as what I see in our fields.

Reb said...

Those are beautiful and I am envious that you have flowers already.

Patti said...

the very first year of being a homeowner, i planted a huge ranuculus bed. i was faithful in their care. they were gorgeous as they started to bloom. and then on the week that the bed was SPECTACULAR, it hailed. i went outside to see what resembled chopped salad. really colorful chopped salad.

i haven't had the heart to grow them since.

kaye said...

How beautiful, my daughter works in a flower shop, I think the ranuculus is a gorgeous and versatile flower. It would be amazing to see fields of them.

Sarakastic said...

I have always wanted to be in a field of flowers. I wonder if they'd let me build a house there.

Junosmom said...

Beautiful! I am sitting here in the cold, gray Midwest wishing for a sight like this!

Travis Erwin said...

Too bad those pictures are not scratch and sniff.

Sarah Laurenson said...

I love SD in the spring. Even driving down the freeway is beautiful.

Barbara Martin said...

Beautiful flowers, and I can imagine the wonderful fragrance wafting on the breeze. What a delight to the environment.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

They should put you in charge of the San Diego Tourism Bureau (or whatever they call it)! You're giving me sooo many great ideas for my next trip, which I'm suddenly wishing was very soon.

I have a special fondness for ranunculas.

Linda McLaughlin said...

How lovely. Carlsbad isn't far from the O.C. and we haven't been down that way in a while, so maybe I'll suggest a day trip to the hubby. I'm glad the Flower Fields have that in perpetuity agreement. We've lost nearly all our agricultural land around here. There used to be tons of orange groves and strawberry fields.

Stacy Nyikos said...

You know, I just want to move to San Diego now. Period. I always knew it was cool, but every Monday I learn about how much cooler it is than I ever even realized!

Barrie said...

Plus, Stacy, really cool people live here! Ha! I can hear my children snorting now!

Bina said...

Those fields are so pretty! I just love stuff like that. Do they smell as pretty as they look?

LarramieG said...

Oh what blooms in San Diego weather!

Rose said...

What a beautiful sight! If I were in the area at this time of year I would certainly stop to see this. I'm glad there's an agreement so that these fields won't be turned into some strip mall:)

Ello said...

That's pretty!!!

~Virginia~ said...

that flower field reminds me of that scene in the wizard of oz where dorothy and friends run through it on the way to emerald city! :)

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