Environment · Travel

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA

It’s my first time in the US and I can say, I am truly in awe with its diverse and lively atmosphere.

Our first place to visit is called “The Flower Fields” located on a coastal farm in Carlsbad, California. It is halfway between the Orange County and San Diego. It was a two hour drive from our place but upon the sight of 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers in bloom made the trip worth it!

The Ranunculus Flower

Ranunculus is a large and varied genus of plants popular for their unique blossoms. It is a member of the buttercup family and a native to Asia Minor. The single or double blooms are cup shaped and grow from 14″ to 24″ tall.

A Short History

The fields according to the tour guide, is a result of nearly 100 years of floral cultivation that began when Luther Gage, an early settler and horticulturist settled in the area around 1920s. He bought ranunculus seeds and started growing them next to Frank Frazee’s vegetable farm which started the business called “Luther Gage Giant Tecolote Ranunculus bulbs”. The name “Tecolote” came from the owls that nested on his property.

A fire destroyed the Franzee farm so they were forced to move to Oceanside. In 1933, Edwin Franzee was introduced to the art if seeding. He carefully selected the beautiful colors and fullness of the flowers which led to its success at breeding a superior ranunculus bulb. So from single petals with shades of red and yellow, he was able to create the double petals.

In 1993, Edwin Franzee desired to retire from business, Paul Ecke Jr. formed a joint venture with grower Mellano and Company to concentrate on growing beautiful flowers for the world to enjoy. Hence, The Flower Fields was born.

The Flower Fields season runs from March 1st through May 8th. They are open to the public seven days a week from 9:00am – 6:00pm. The Daily Admission is as follows:

  • Adult: $14
  • Seniors 60+: $13
  • Children ages 3 to 10: $7

Group Tours (20 or more)

  • Group guided w/wagon: $23
  • Group guided w/o wagon: $18
  • Self-guided w/wagon: $18
  • Self-guided w/o wagon: $13

Season Passes

  • Adult: $30
  • Seniors 60+: $25
  • Children ages 3-10: $16

Wagon Ride

  • Adult: $5
  • Children ages 3-10: $3

Sweet Pea Maze: Free

Additional Features:

  • Free Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic Areas
  • Sluice Mining
  • Sweet Pea Maze
  • Rose and Theme Gardens
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • American Flag of Flowers
  • Cymbidium Greenhouse
  • Poinsettia Display
  • Picture Taking Areas
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Santa’s Playground
  • Antique Tractor Wagon Ride
  • Armstrong Garden Center

I suggest you try the Wagon Ride because 50 acres is too far to walk. You can ride all the way to top- middle pathway and asked to be dropped off. From there, you can walk going down and take pictures in designated areas while enjoying the view.

Here are a few of our Flower Fields adventure:

 

P.S. The history of the Flower Fields and the ranunculus description were taken from their souvenir program. 🌻🌸

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