The Flower Fields
A picture of a field of colorful flowers found at The Flower Fields
The Flower Fields is a flower garden found on the Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad, California. It is open once a year in spring from March 1 through Mothers Day. The area has a number of attractions, including its "Tecolote Giant Ranunculus", a greenhouse filled with cymbidium orchids, a 300-by-170-foot American flag made out of red, white, and blue petunias, and musical events. Educational tours are hosted every year for both children and adults; in 2015, more than 7,000 school children were expected to visit through one of these educational tours. A deal was struck to protect The Flower Fields from being used for development. The Flower Fields increased the cost of admission in 2015 by one dollar in order to deal with rising costs due to the recent drought.
The fields experience attendance of anywhere between 100,000 and 200,000 visitors every year from all over the world. The fields were given positive press from outlets such as CBS News Los Angeles, NBC News 4 Southern California, and The Huffington Post Travel, which praised the quality of the flora and recommended that people visiting the area to check it out.
In addition, Antique Tractor-Wagon rides are available, transporting visitors around the planted fields, stopping off to let folks walk around and enjoy the scenery, and picking them back up are returning then to the start point. The Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum of Vista, California provides the Antique Tractor & Wagons.
The Flower Fields can be found on the Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad, California. Every spring in Southern California, the land is opened up for people to visit and look at the flora The fields are open to the public from March 1 through Mothers Day. The fields features flowers called the "Tecolote Giant Ranunculus" as well as other attractions, including a greenhouse with cymbidium orchids and a 300-by-170-foot American flag made out of red, white, and blue petunias. Educational tours to the fields are routinely performed by volunteers. More than 180 volunteers lead tours for both adults and children. The volunteer work was led by Carlsbad resident Joni Miringoff. In 2015, it was anticipated that there would be more than 7,000 school children visiting the fields through these educational tours. In addition to the flower viewing, visitors can experience other non-flower-related attractions. For instance, 2015 had a Kid's Day on March 29, and musical events through April for events such as Bluegrass Day and Zydeco Day. Visitors can also experience the field's "sweet pea maze." In 2012, The Flower Fields' owners announced that the color variants in its flowers would be different for the first time in 15 years. The land that the Flower Fields are found was used for the development of a variety of different sites, including amusement parks, shopping malls, and resorts. However, a deal was struck in order to protect the Flower Fields by making sure that they do not get used for development purposes.
In 2015, The Flower FIelds increased the cost of admission by one dollar in order to compensate for an increased expenditure due to bad droughts.
The field has received anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 visitors each year. These visitors come from different places in the world. It was included in a list of the best places to see Southern California wildflowers by Debbie Lavdas for CBS News Los Angeles. Kathy Strong for The Desert Sun recommended The Flower Fields for people in the Southern California area who want to see wildflowers. Alysia Gray Painter for NBC News 4 Southern California suggested that the blooming of the flowers at The Flower Fields was as good a sign of Spring coming as the Capistrano's swallow returning in March. She praised the flowers as being "dazzling." In her article about the "perfect time to catch [the] flowers in full bloom", Carly Ledbetter for The Huffington Post's travel section listed The Flower Fields first. She praised the flowers as appearing to "look like something out [of] a movie".
- "The Flower Fields of Carlsbad California". San Diego. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- Winkley, Lyndsay (2015-03-01). "Carlsbad in bloom at The Flower Fields". Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- "The Flower Fields - Carlsbad, California". The Flower Fields. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- Forgione, Mary (2015-03-06). "Waiting for Carlsbad's Flower Fields to bloom? It's almost time". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- McIntosh, Linda (2015-04-07). "One month to visit Flower Fields". Union Tribune San Diego. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- Painter, Alysia Gray (2012-02-24). "Flower Fields Forever". NBC News 4 Southern California. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- Lavdas, Debbie (2012-03-19). "Best Places To See Southern California Wildflowers". CBS News Los Angeles. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- Milanes, Itica (2014-03-19). "Carlsbad Flower Fields thriving despite drought". ABC 10 News. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- Naversen, Andrea; Naversen, Kevin (2001-04-01). Beautiful America's San Diego. Beautiful America Publishing Co. p. 45. ISBN 9780898027419. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- Strong, Kathy (2015-03-19). "Places to go in Southern California to see wildflowers". The Desert Sun. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- Painter, Alysia Gray (2013-03-30). "Bloom Time: Flower Fields". NBC News 4 Southern California. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- Ledbetter, Carly (2014-06-21). "The Perfect Time To Catch These Flowers In Full Bloom". The Huffington Post Travel. Retrieved 2015-04-26.