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Spring Flowers

Marvel at the Vibrant Beauty of Nature

Each spring, San Diego's flower fields bloom into seas of beautiful colors while local institutions and horticulturalists create works of floral art.

San Diego Flower Fields & Gardens

This page is updated as soon as event details are available. Please check with event organizers for the most up-to-date information. Events are subject to change and cancellation.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

When: February - April
A spectacular display occurs annually in the 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego's East County as colorful wildflowers bejewel the sun-scorched desert landscape. Since the phenomenon depends upon the timing and quantity of winter rains, the blossoms are at their peak for just two weeks. Guests are advised to call the Park's 24-hour "Wildflower Hotline" at 760.767.4684 before planning a tour of the desert flora.

The Flower Fields of Carlsbad California

When: March 1 - Mother's Day (May)
A vibrant sea of giant ranunculus flowers transforms 50 acres of hills into rows of brilliant color. Stroll past oceans of flowers and through beautiful gardens, including a miniature rose garden, fragrant sweet pea maze, a garden featuring more than 50 All American Rose Selection winners and a spectacular display of red, white and blue flowers planted in the shape of a giant American flag.

Balboa Park

When: All Year Round
Encompassing nearly 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is a magnificent cultural complex that includes seven major gardens:

  • Botanical Building and Lily Pond - home to more than 2,100 permanent tropical plant specimens
  • Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego - eleven acres with trails, a bonsai exhibit, a moon viewing deck, beautiful black pine trees, azaleas and ornamental plants such as camellias, magnolia, wisteria and cherry blossom trees
  • Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden - voted by the World Rose Society as one of the top rose gardens in the world
  • Zoro Garden - a sunken butterfly garden
  • Palm Canyon - an oasis which contains 450 palms
  • Desert Garden - 2.5 acres of succulents and drought-resistant plants from around the world
  • Marston House Formal and Primitive Gardens - five acres of rolling lawns, manicured formal gardens and rustic canyon gardens

San Diego Botanic Garden

When: All Year Round
Explore four miles of garden trails, restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation's largest bamboo collection.

Water Conservation Garden

When: All Year Round
Conservation has never been as beautiful as the 5-acre botanical showcase that is The Water Conservation. Featuring meandering pathways through a lush, but drought-tolerant plant palette that hails from Mediterranean regions around the world, as well as stunning native plants.

Featured Floral Events

Cherry Blossom Week

When: March 16-22, 2020
The Japanese Friendship Garden is proud to announce that Cherry Blossom Week returns to welcome the spring season! The celebration combines cultural education with family fun, and offers various special daily programs. From kendo demonstrations to week-long vendors, there's something for everyone to enjoy - all special daily programs are included with admission.

Julian Daffodil Show

When: March 21-22, 2020
Visit Julian to marvel at Daffodils on display and have any questions about daffodils answered by National Daffodil Society experts.

Coronado Flower Show

When: April 18-19, 2020
The Coronado Flower Show is the largest tented flower show in the nation. Exhibits are placed inside tents surrounding a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for continuous entertainment, announcements and trophy presentations.

Art Alive

When: April 23-26, 2020
A loved and eagerly anticipated tradition, Art Alive at The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park celebrates the stunning works of art on display in the Museum with more than 100 floral interpretations created by top local and national designers.

Julian Woman's Club Wildflower Show

When: May 1-3, 2020
A wonderful spring event, the Julian Woman's Club hosts their annual Wildflower Show in the historical Julian Town Hall in San Diego's East County.

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