This week’s Secret of SoCal is The Flower Fields.

The Flower Fields is a 55-acre garden located in Carlsbad, California. Around 70 million flowers bloom on the vicinity by the end of spring, varying in color and size. When visiting The Flower Fields, there is more to do than just frolic through the vibrantly colored ranunculus. There are a few small attractions such as a 300X170 foot American Flag made out of flowers, tractor rides, mazes, rose gardens, and really delicious kettle corn!

Every spring, The Flower Fields attracts anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 visitors from all over the world. This year alone, there were an estimated 7,000 school children that took field trips here! Throughout the different gardens there are informational plaques; I gleaned information about everything from genetic modification of plants to how Carlsbad is dealing with the current drought.

The Flower Fields is one of my favorite Secrets of SoCal; In the early 1900’s, my great grandfather owned part of the original Carlsbad fields. My grandmother and her siblings grew up helping their father grow, pick, and pack the flowers from these very fields.

Over the years, the size of the fields became smaller and smaller due to development of amusement parks, hotels, shopping malls, and more. Today, all that’s left of the Carlsbad fields is this very plot of land. Luckily, Carlsbad turned this land into a historic point so it can’t be used for developmental purposes; we can rest assured these fields will continue to bloom annually. Be sure to stop and smell the ranunculus at The Flower Fields before May 8th!

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