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Spring Flowers

Marvel at the Vibrant Beauty of Nature

April showers bring May flowers to many parts of the country. However, it is winter rains that bring vibrant, colorful floral displays each spring throughout San Diego. In spring, you can enjoy many beautiful gardens and horticultural treasures, from the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch to the iconic Botanical Building and tranquil Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.

San Diego Flower Fields & Gardens

Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

When: March - May 10
Stroll through 50 acres of beautiful Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers in glorious bloom at the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. For more than 60 years, the annual burst of vibrant color has become a local heritage. It is also one of nature's official ways of announcing the arrival of spring in San Diego. Make certain to bring your camera for a fabulous floral-filled Instagram post.

Spring Wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert

When: March - April
Head out to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in rural East County. See a spectacular wonderland of color when the spring wildflowers bloom. Enjoy a vibrant kaleidoscope of wildflowers, from tiny bursts of color no larger than the head of a pin to towering ocotillos with fiery spines of scarlet blossoms.

The wildflower bloom depends on timing and the amount of winter rainfall. The bloom can last 2-6 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.

Balboa Park

When: All Year Round
You'll find lush landscaping and stunning gardens within Balboa Park’s 1,200 acres.

  • Start at the Japanese Friendship Garden featuring tranquil strolling paths, a koi pond, tea pavilion, and Zen garden.
  • Saunter through the Botanical Building and along the Lily Pond, one of the most photographed landmarks in the park. 
  • The Zoro Garden is a sunken butterfly garden, and Palm Canyon is an oasis containing 450 palms.
  • Discover more than 130 varieties of roses, full of fragrance, color and beauty, in the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden.
  • The stunning design of the Alcazar Garden is patterned after the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain.
  • Find 2.5 acres of succulents and drought-resistant plants from around the world at the Desert Garden.
  • The Marston House Formal and Primitive Gardens offers find five acres of rolling lawns, manicured formal gardens and rustic canyon gardens

San Diego Botanic Garden

When: All Year Round
Stroll through the San Diego Botanic Garden featuring 37 acres of beautiful gardens and unusual plants from around the world. Find flowering trees, the world’s largest bamboo collection, a tropical rainforest, desert succulents, native California plants, and more. This horticultural treasure is located in the North County city of Encinitas, known as the "Flower Capital of the World."

Water Conservation Garden

When: All Year Round
Head out to the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon in San Diego's rural East County to learn about California-friendly gardening. Learn about water conservation in the region’s semi-arid landscape through a series of beautifully themed gardens including a native plant garden. Enjoy weekly classes like Garden Yoga and a 2nd Sundays Nature Therapy Experience. Connect with nature during an easy-paced, guided tour which produces a calming, internal experience.

Coronado in Bloom

When: All Year Round
You can bicycle, stroll or drive through charming Coronado and find beautiful gardens at every turn. Since 1922 and the first Annual Coronado Flower Show, horticultural lovers visit the picturesque community to enjoy its botanical bounty. Check out the iconic Hotel del Coronado’s lush landscape of tropical trees, palms, shrubs, and flowers planted by pioneering horticulturist Kate Sessions. Delight in perfectly manicured home gardens that flourish in springtime. Enjoy Mediterranean, East Coast (daffodils and iris) and tropical (birds of paradise and orchids) varieties of flowers.

Featured Floral Events

Julian Daffodil Show

When: March 20-21, 2021
Celebrate one of nature's most cheerful blossoms during the annual Julian Daffodil Show. The flowery event takes place at the Julian Town Hall in East County's charming mountain town of Julian. View thousands of daffodils growing along Julian’s streets and in the hillsides as well as on display from 12 noon to 5 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy a Daffodil Art Show by Julian’s schools and meet National Daffodil Society experts who can provide names and questions about daffodils.

Julian Woman's Club Wildflower Show

When: April 30 - May 1, 2021
Join the Julian Woman's Club for their annual Wildflower Show, a fun-filled floral event that began in 1926 in historic Julian. Smell the aroma and see Julian's beautiful "Jewels of the Backcountry." Enjoy art from local schools and handicrafts from talented club members. The show is held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Art Alive

When: June 17-20, 2021
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. Become enchanted by this annual kaleidoscope of color which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2021.

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