California Gardens

Get your hands dirty in a California Garden

Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature's wonders - our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger - 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers, and festivals throughout the season. Visit our Miniature Rose Garden - The American Rose Society's highest award for miniature roses, The Award of Excellence, is presented to cultivars that have proven to be outstanding in designated test gardens throughout the United States over a two year period. Roses are evaluated on 11 criteria including novelty, bud form, flower form, color opening, color finishing, substance, habit, quantity of blooms, vigor or renewal, foliage, and appearance along with resistance to insects and plant diseases. New This Year: Sweet Pea Maze - Be amazed! Immerse yourself in this living maze of fragrant red, white and blue sweet peas. Explore the many walking paths in this patriotic color display to explore, amuse and entertain you! Sand Sculpture - A dominant figure worldwide in the art of sculpting sand, Gerry Kirk, brings visual delights of epic proportions to The Flower Fields®! Enjoy the whimsical sand art created just for The Flower Fields®. Poinsettias - Stroll through memory lane, a 1,500 square foot greenhouse filled with the world famous Ecke poinsettias. More than 50 years of poinsettia breeding history on display. Learn about the Ecke family, the world's largest producer of the country's best selling potted plant - The Poinsettia. Visit Our Walk of Fame: The only display of each of the more than 180 All-American Rose selection winners since 1940. Also enjoy the new AARS test garden, in bloom this spring at the Flower Fields®. Located in Carlsbad, California, east of Interstate 5 off Palomar Airport Road, near LEGOLAND, California and Carlsbad Premium Outlets. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 Check out the comments for more California Gardens Or Click to Add your own recommendation


irishlass said...

You saw them featured on Martha Stewart Living, so you know that the roses will be fabulous at the Rose Story Farm in Carpenteria (near Santa Barbara)

We would love to share the experience of Rose Story Farm with you! Please come visit our 15 acre farm any time during the rose growing season (the middle of April through the end of November). We feature 18,000 stunning rose plants in 150 varieties in our fields at the base of the Carpinteria Valley foothills. Blooms rotate in six-week cycles, so over three quarters of the roses will be in majestic bloom for your visit.

Tours are scheduled every Wednesday and Saturday (unless a Special Event is being held).
Tours begin at 11.00 a.m. and run approximately 1 hour, followed by a picnic lunch in the garden.
Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat, as this is a Walking Tour.
No smoking, pets, or video camera equipment allowed on Tours.
We regret that we cannot accommodate people who drop in hoping to join a tour at the last moment. We recommend that you telephone the farm in advance to check availability for particular dates. This allows us to give you intimate tours through the rose fields and it better helps our guides talk to you about our varieties and rose growing techniques. Each walking tour is followed by a catered gourmet picnic lunch in one of our garden areas, complete with farm made dessert and ice tea blended with rose petals.

If you are interested in a custom-designed tour focusing on your favorite rose themes, these can be arranged on a limited basis. We can also tailor your lunch menu to incorporate some of your favorite fare.

Make a Reservation:

Tours are $35 per person, payable in advance via check or any major credit card.
Tours include Rose Story Farm's booklet, pencil, and fresh rose samples.
Please fax or mail your completed Rose Tour Booking Form at least one week prior to your tour, or call us at (805) 566-4885 (M-S 8 A.M. to 2 P.M.).
If your plans change and you cannot join us, please allow 48 hours notice for a full refund.

desert rat said...

Wildflowers Bloom in The Desert

2/01/06 – 4/30/06 – Depending on rainfall in winter, the natural beauty of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park is enhanced by the almost magical appearance of desert wildflowers in the spring. THE FULL BLOOM IS ONLY FOR TWO TO SIX WEEKS. Visitors Center hours are 9am-5pm daily from Oct-Jun 1, weekends only in summer. 24 hour information line: 760-767-4684. Information 760-767-4205 or www.anzaborrego.statepark.org

irishlass said...

Daffodil Hill is over for this year, but keep it in mind for next March.

From the Northern California Daffodil Society website ...

Daffodil Hill, Volcano

This famous garden started with plantings from homesteaders during the 19th century and has continued to expand intermittently ever since. At 3000' elevation in the Sierra, it usually opens in mid- to late-March - and lasts only a few weeks. It varies greatly according to the Spring weather.

Contact the Business and Professional Association in Sutter Creek, the Amador County Information Center, or the California Automobile Association for information before you go.

Kautz Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys

KIV has perhaps the largest planned landscaping of daffodils in California. One's breath is taken away upon rounding the hill and seeing the daffodils blooming everywhere in front of you. The peak of bloom is mid-March; coinciding with KIV's annual weekend festival "Spring Symphony of Wine and Daffodils." The NCDS holds a daffodil show at KIV during the festival. KIV has extensive gardens; something major is in bloom at nearly any time in the year. Murphys is filled with boutiques and restaurants.

Anonymous said...

Attend the 26th Annual Santa Barbara Orchid Estate


July 7-9, 2006

Held at Earl Warren Showgrounds
Located just inland of the 101 freeway, at the Las Positas Exit.
Fair Hours are Fri. and Sat. 9am to 5pm, and Sunday 10am to 4pm
Admission is Free! $5 Parking Fee...

Hosted by Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

For more information e-mail us at sboe@sborchid.com or call 1-800-553-3387

Growers Inclue:

Agro Oriente Viveros (Peru)
Andy’s Orchids
Baron’s Orchids
Lance Birk
Butterfly Orchids
Calavo Gardens
Cymbidium Society of America
Daniger Orchids
De la Cruz Orchids
Divine Orchids
Down Under Native Orchids (Australia)
Eco-orquideas (Brazil)
Ecuagenera (Ecuador)
Floralia (Brazil)
Gibbel Nurseries
Granite Hills Orchids
Hawaiian Orchid Source (Hawaii)
Hoosier Orchids (Indiana)
Islander Delights Orchids
Kawamoto Orchids (Hawaii)
Lico Orchids & Flowers Long N'go Orchids
Mendez Orchids (Venezuela)
Milo Bali Adelaide Orchids (Indonesia)
Naturally Unique
Ontario Orchids, Inc.
Orchid Digest
Orchids & Gardens
Orchids of Los Osos
Orchids Limited (Minnisota)
P.M. Orchids
Paphanatics Unltd.
Petite Plaisance
Pura Vida Orchids
Rio Mojave Orchids
Sorella Orchids (Washington)
SLO Gardens Orchids
Tuckers Orchid Nursery
U.S. Orchid Supplies Inc.
Water Orchids (Taiwan)
Joseph Wu Orchids (Taiwan)
Zuma Canyon

irishlass said...

Join us Saturday, August 5th for the Wildflower Festival

8/5, Sat.- Wildflower Hikes : Guided hikes at 9am & 12pm with Laird Blackwell identifying the alpine wildflowers that carpet Devill's Corral and the Kirkwood Valley. $20 for addults and $10 for kids, reserve your spot at abroadhurst@kirkwood.com or 209.258.7386

8/5, Sat.- Wildflower Festival: Come on out to Kirkwood for the event of the season, Partnered with the Amador Vintner's this event hosts live music, wine tasting and local artisans sharing and selling treasures form jewelry, photography, watercolors of the area and more. Tasting tickets are $10 for commerative glass and BBQ cost is extra 12pm - 4pm.