by JESSICA WOODS

Springtime Wonderland

Did you know that ranunculus is Latin for “little frog”? You can “leap” into the new spring by visiting the largest collection of ranunculus flowers in San Diego: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad, a place that is very near and dear to the hearts of many San Diegans.

March 1 marks the reopening of the fields, with a rolling hill of ranunculus blooms in every vibrant color you can imagine. There’s even a side that was arranged in red, white, and blue in the shape of the American flag. The time to see these blossoms is now, as the fields will only be open until Mother’s Day on May 11, wherein the flowers will be harvested for sale.

There’s so much to do at the fields! Enjoy an antique tractor and wagon ride through the fields, or peruse the works of art made entirely of flowers in the Artist Gardens. The Sweet Pea Maze is a family delight, and you can take your chances at striking it rich at the Carlsbad Mining Company. Visit www.theflowerfields.com for more information.

And to future brides, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad during season is the perfect time for a wedding, with the fields as a backdrop, and a real barn on the property for a truly unique reception. So, hop on over to The Flower Fields today, and get a taste of the famed ranunculus’ beauty.

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Flower viewing isn’t the only thing you can do at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad!

March 30: Kid’s Day – Arts and crafts, face painting, and a visit from Ronald McDonald!

April 6: Canon Photography Workshop – Enjoy a free Macro Photography workshop, with special Cannon equipment to take out to the field.

April 6: Bluegrass Day – A day filled with bluegrass music and an arts and crafts celebration.

April 13: Red Hat Ladies’ Day and Style Show – The Flower Fields Red Hatters will present a Ladies Day and Style fashion show.

April 20: Zydeco Day – The Bayou Brothers will be stopping by with plenty of Louisiana- inspired accordion music to create a memorable Easter.

April 26: Blues Day – An afternoon of blues entertainment awaits you, featuring local musicians.

May 10 – 11: Bonsai Show and Sale – Come see these unique plants at the Bonsai Exhibition and Sale.

May 11: Mother’s Day Celebration – It’s the last day of the season, and it’s Mother’s Day! Bring your mom to the fields for a relaxing day among the blossoms.

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