the 5 best places for wildflowers in southern california
The Flower Fields
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are open from March 1 thru May 13, 2015. This 50 acres of wildflowers is in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean and offers a special nursery, garden, and gift shop in addition to festivals throughout the season. Expect to see the Tecolote Giant Ranunculus, the unique blossom is also known as a Persian Buttercup or a Ranunculus Asiatic.
5704 Paseo Del Norte • Carlsbad, CA 92008 | (760) 431-0352 | www.theflowerfields.com
Anza Borrego Desert
From late February through April you can find blossoms on the desert floor and at higher elevations in the desert. As the Desert Wildflowers fade for the season the brilliant Cactus Flowers begin to make their appearance (April through May). Expect to see Barrel Cacti, Desert Dandelions, Arizona Lupines, Desert Willow, Palo Verde, Desert Agave, Ocotillo and so many more.
652 Palm Canyon Drive • Borrego Springs, CA 92004 | (760) 767-3052 | www.abdnha.org
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
From Mid-March through April, we expect a fantastic bloom of Poppy plants this year. Eight miles of trails through the gentle rolling hills, including a paved section for wheelchair access, make the park a wonderful place to hike and explore any season. Benches located along the trails make good places to sit quietly and watch for wildlife, such as singing meadow larks, and lizards zipping across the trail. Dogs are not allowed on the trails, with the exception of service dogs. The California Poppy Festival takes place April 18-19, 10am – 6pm. More information at www.Poppyfestival.com
15101 Lancaster Road •Lancaster, CA 93536 / (661) 946-6092 | www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627
Santa Rosa Plateau
Wildflowers at this 8,300-acre reserve paint the hills near Temecula. With over 40 miles of trails and dirt roads, views of of Mount San Jacinto and Palomar Mountain, expect to see Wildflowers like Baby Blue Eyes, California Peony, Canyon Clarkia, Chocolate Lilies and more. Expect
the many blooms to take place from early March to Early May.
39400 Clinton Keith Road • Murrieta, Ca 92562 | (951) 677-6951
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Enjoy and explore the many trails throughout the 20,000-acre South Coast Regional Wilderness. See Sunflowers, Lilies, Deerweed, The Monkey Flower and other Laguna Gems. Lots of yellows and purples are expected. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park’s is the only place where you can see a natural lake in Orange County – Barbara’s Lake. From mid-March through April are the peak blooming periods.
18751 Laguna Canyon Road • Laguna Beach, CA 92651 | (949) 923-2235 | www.lagunacanyon.org