On March 1, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch will open the gates to showcase its ocean-view and 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that have captivated visitors of all ages for the past 60 years.
For the 2013 spring season, The Flower Fields has introduced its theme, “How to Bring The Flower Fields Back Home.” The Flower Fields will be providing numerous educational sessions to demonstrate how to create and maintain your own field of flowers at home. Also, René van Rems, founder and president of René van Rems International and the newly formed Holland Pacific Floral Training Center, will be facilitating a Floral Design Demonstration & Workshop. Groups of 20 people or more are welcome to partake in this floral design demonstration to learn best practices on how to make fresh-cut flower arrangements and decorate with them.
Looking for something other than ranunculus? The Flower Fields grows a wide variety of flowers alongside its ranunculus, including: roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias. In addition to viewing and smelling the flowers, visitors have the option to purchase fresh-cut flowers, potted plants, bulbs and various other items in the Armstrong Garden Center gift shop.
Most significantly, The Flower Fields is committed to providing children with quality education that brings agriculture and gardening into the classroom and out to the fields. As a result, The Seed & Bulb Growing Program has been created for preschool through second grade students to teach them the growing process of either a ranunculus bulb or sunflower, while providing a hands-on planting and growing experience and an optional fieldtrip to The Flower Fields for a guided tour of a working ranunculus farm. Comparable to The Seed & Bulb Growing Program, The Investigative Program has been designed for third through fifth grade students to participate in an on-site program that combines hands-on time with the flowers and various activities to give them a better understanding of plants and flowers.
One of the most cherished spring traditions in San Diego County, The Flower Fields attracts more than 120,000 visitors annually and offers a wide variety of events for children, teenagers, adults and seniors. Some of these events include: a special Composting Workshop on Feb. 23; Kids’ Day on April 7; Bluegrass Day on April 13; Zydeco Day on April 14; Jazz Day on April 20; a Canon Macro Photography Workshop on April 21; Blues Day and Red Hat Ladies’ Day and Style Show on April 27; a Bonsai Show and Sale on May 11 – 12; and a Mother’s Day Celebration on May 12, concluding the season.
In addition to the above events, The Flower Fields provides its guests the opportunity to experience its many attractions, including: Antique Tractor Wagon Rides; the Cymbidium Orchid Greenhouse; The Artist Gardens; the American Flag of Flowers; the Sweet Pea Maze; Santa’s Playground; the Carlsbad Mining Company; the Historic Poinsettia Display; the new Sculpture “Blow, Wind, Blow” by Fritzie Urquhart; and a Water Wise Farming Expo from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
The Flower Fields gives its visitors more than merely beautiful fields of color and top-of-the-line entertainment; it gives them a magical place to tie the knot, plan a corporate gathering or host a special event in its Paul Ecke Jr. Barn, appropriately named after the owner. Its newly built barn nestled among the flowers can accommodate up to 200 guests and offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
The Flower Fields is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March 1 to May 12. For the convenience of guests, The Flower Fields provides free parking, restroom facilities and accessibility for people with disabilities. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children 3 – 10, and free for children 2 and under. Season passes and group tours also are available.
–The Flower Fields Press Release