CARLSBAD — North County’s most colorful claim to fame — Carlsbad’s Flower Fields — opened March 1 for its 2011 season, which features a full lineup of family-friendly activities and special events through May.
In the coming weeks, the Flower Fields is anticipating more than 100,000 visitors to the nearly 50-acre property located between Palomar Airport Road and Cannon Road. The fields offer colorful coordinated displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers.
“It’s fun to go back to nature — to take a wagon ride and stop to have a picnic lunch while enjoying the fields,” Joni Miringoff, the Flower Fields’ special events coordinator, said. “It’s a wonderful outing and it doesn’t cost a fortune for a family to visit.”
The fields are open to the public seven days a week through Mother’s Day, May 8. Flowers will be most colorful farther into the season as the weather begins to warm up, Miringoff said.
“The fields aren’t in full bloom just yet, but we’ll start to see some real color the last weeks of March,” Miringoff said. “Ideally, we want everyone to come when there’s great color but timing a visit can be a little tricky.”
While this year’s season includes long-running special events like Bluegrass Day and the Arts & Crafts Fair, Miringoff said she is most excited for the Flower Fields’ newest attraction — Bulbs, Blooms and Beauty on April 10.
“We’ll have a strawberry shortcake eating contest and demonstrations from a blacksmith and rug weavers,” Miringoff said. “It’s going to be a really fun Sunday afternoon.”
Daily activities include sluice mining; a sweet pea maze; an historic poinsettia display; and a 300-foot-by-700-foot American flag made completely of flowers.
For the first time this season, the Flower Fields is also offering a newly constructed barn that overlooks the fields and can be booked for meetings. It is used to store tools in the off-season, Miringoff said.
“A couple of years ago, we received an agricultural grant that allowed us to build this barn,” Miringoff said. “It’s a beautiful space that can be used for a limited amount of time; we already have a few weddings lined up too.”
The Flower Fields are open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 per adult, $9 for seniors and $5 for children 3 to 10, while children 2 and under are free. Wagon rides are an additional cost, Miringoff said.
For more information about the Flower Fields’ 2011 season, current bloom reports and a detailed list of events, visit theflowerfields.com or call (760) 431-0352.