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California: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

On the grassy shores of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California lies a small town of Carlsbad, famous for the Flower Fields or, as they are also called – the fields of Colors and Dreams. Every spring from March to May, countless colorful ranunculus bloom here.

On the grassy shores of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California lies a small town of Carlsbad, famous for the Flower Fields or, as they are also called – the fields of Colors and Dreams. Every spring from March to May, countless colorful ranunculus bloom here.

Fields are thoughtfully arranged into distinct sections by the color – white, orange, peach, yellow, scarlet and numerous shades of purple. In some parts, all colors are mixed, as on the artist’s palette.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

History of Flower Fields

The ranunculus flower came from Asia Minor and a member of the buttercup family. Initially, the flower had 5 single petals and varied in shades of yellow and red. The gorgeous colors and fullness of the bloom we enjoy now are due to the rigorous selection.

Ranunculus flower

The Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch established in 1921 by early settler Luther Gage. Gage started growing the ranunculus seeds in the area, and today, his original farm has expanded to over than 50 acres!

What to do at The Flower Fields

Wander in The Artist Garden

Just imagine a charming picture that acclaimed artist turned into a lush garden with colorful flowers. The work of the French Impressionists would be extremely suitable.

Delphinium in the garden of artists
Delphinium in the garden of artists

Ride a Tractor Through the Fields

It’s a long but the enjoyable walk from one end of the flower fields to the other! The tractor ride is not only a time saver but provides a lofty vantage point to appreciate flowers spread out below us. Double win!

Ride a Tractor Through the Fields

Enjoy Walk Through The Flower Fields

The primary reason to visit the Carlsbad Flower Fields is to stroll through the striking ranunculus flowers. It’s a photographer’s dream place, and I could not put my camera down even for a delicious lunch! We ended up staying until the sunset – I just couldn’t stop taking pictures.

The Flower Fields Location

5704 Paseo Del Norte Carlsbad, CA 92008

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