photo: The Flower Fields/Marcie Gonzalez

The arrival of spring in San Diego is unleashing bountiful flowers everywhere we turn. We’re showing you exactly where you can stop to smell everything from lilacs and lavender to cherry blossoms, roses and ranunculus! Make sure you charge your camera because the photo ops will be as abundant as the blooms. Read on for 5 super scenic spots where you can soak up sweet floral fragrance and bask in the beauty of nature bursting with color!

photo: Visit Carlsbad

The Flower Fields
Be sure to plan a visit to The Flower Fields before the season ends on May 13th. You’ll be in awe of over 50 “acres of awesome” rainbow-hued Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that are blanketed across rolling hills. Beyond this grandeur, kids will love finding their way through the sweet pea maze, riding the antique tractor wagon through the fields of blooms, learning about gardening and composting in the new greenhouses, playing in Santa’s Playground and having a picnic in the new picnic area (you can bring your own food to enjoy). Visit 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

5704 Paseo Del Norte
Carlsbad, Ca 92008
760-431-0352
online: theflowerfields.com

photo: PatrickJ T. via Yelp

Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden
You truly will want to take the time to stop and smell the roses at this stunning rose garden in Balboa Park where over 130 varieties of 1,600 roses fill three acres with sweet fragrance and a vision of beauty. Roses are at peak bloom in April and May but they bloom from March through December. The Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden has won multiple awards including Outstanding Rose Garden in the U.S.A and it was named to the Great Rosarians of the World Hall of Fame in 2014. See how many types of roses you can find, from Hybrid Teas to Old Roses and Florabundas to Grandifloras.

It seems too good to be true that this rose garden is open 365 days a year and entry is free.

For more fun nearby, read our guide to Balboa Park here. And stop by our next pick for seeing flowers, the Japanese Friendship Garden after you’ve had your fill of roses… it’s also located in Balboa Park!

Balboa Park
Park Blvd. and Village Pl.
San Diego, Ca 92101
online: www.balboapark.org/gardens/rose-garden

photo: Dominic Nepomuceno

Japanese Friendship Garden
Immerse your family in the serenity of the Japanese Friendship Garden where the delightful, delicate pink cherry blossoms are just the beginning of the surrounding beauty. You’ll be equally smitten with the Garden’s Bonsai Collection and mesmerized by the vibrant koi swimming by. In addition to enjoying the cherry blossoms, rumor has it that the wisteria by the koi pond are a sight to behold and that they smell amazing too.

2215 Pan American Road. E,
San Diego, Ca 92101
619-232-2721
online: niwa.org

photo: Keys Creek Lavender Farm

Keys Creek Lavender Farm
Plan on having a totally dreamy day at Keys Creek Lavender Farm during bloom season which takes place May 2nd-June 30th. This eight acre gem is the only USDA-certified organic lavender farm in San Diego county and boasts over a dozen varieties of lavender. You can take a bit of the magic from this serene working farm home with you, as they sell over 50 products featuring lavender from essential oils and lotions to teas, honey and scone mix. Further, you can take a tour of the farm, head to one of their English High Teas, take a class or even go glamping in a yurt!

During bloom season in May and June, the Farm is open Weds.- Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Keys Creek Lavender Farm
12460 Keys Creek Rd.
Valley Center, Ca 92082
760-742-3844
online: kclfarm.com

photo: Daniel T. via Yelp

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Due to scarce rain, there’s no ‘super bloom’ of wildflowers in store this year at the 600,000 acre Anza-Borrego Park, but you’ll still spot wow-worthy blossoms on cacti and the Palo Verde trees look brilliant covered in yellow flowers. You can call the wildflower hotline (below) or join the Anza-Borrego email list here, to receive updates on wildflowers blooming. Be sure to visit the Desert Garden and the pupfish pond while you’re there!

Cost to visit is $10/car Fri.-Sun. and holidays.

200 Palm Canyon Dr.
Borrego Springs, Ca 92004
Wildflower hotline: 760-767-4684
online: parks.ca.gov

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Where do you go to see flowers in bloom in San Diego? Share in the comments!

––Beth Shea

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