5 Reasons I Love Carlsbad
I had never heard of Carlsbad, but by the end of my trip I was calling all my friends, telling them they had to go…
The Flower Fields
My gardening skills can be summed up in two words: black thumb. My short memory (or maybe it’s my optimism?) allows me to continually buy potted plants, and then somehow reliably kill them in under a month.
That’s why I hesitated when every Carlsbad local I talked to mentioned a mandatory visit to the springtime gardening marvel, the Carlsbad Flower Fields. I wasn’t too eager to visit a field of flowers (boring, right?). Well, I decided to check it out anyway, and just getting a glimpse of them from my car window left me in absolute awe.
Row upon row of colorful flowers is a feast for the eyes. Open in the spring, from early March to early May, strolling through the over 50 acres of flower fields is a one-of-a-kind experience. Walk amongst bright pink, yellow and orange Tecolote Giant Ranunculus flowers (yes, I had to look up the name!), which have been cultivated here for over 85 years, originally planted by early settlers in the 1920’s.
Hop on a wagon ride to take in all the scenery and opt for a floral selfie as a modern keepsake with a classic backdrop.