Southern California in Bloom

Flower Fields of Carlsbad

Flower Fields of Carlsbad

Maybe that trip to Holland to see the tulips in full bloom has to be postponed thanks to the recession, but Southern California residents have the stunning Flower Fields right in their backyard. Set on fifty acres overlooking the Pacific in Carlsbad, the ranch boasts a riot of color as Giant Tecolote Ranunculus is in full bloom. A grand announcement of spring, the fields become a rainbow sea of natural wonder for six to eight weeks a year from March to early May. Sixty years ago, an English horticulturalist brought the ranunculus seed to San Diego and introduced the flower, which now emblazon the rolling hills of North County. Also on site is the All American Rose Garden with 170 varieties of miniatures. Guided tours tell the history with a tractor wagon ride option. But better yet, just stroll the vibrant multihued fields and enjoy the sweet air, redolent of freesia. Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. $10 for adults; $5 for children.

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