Roses are red, violets are blue. We adore flowers, and you should, too!
Grab your best buds this weekend and see what’s blooming at these perennial favorite spots:
1. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
March 1 – May 14: The nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are in bloom for just six to eight weeks each year, bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color is one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring. Visit their website for special themed days. Open daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Adults, $14; kids (3-10), $7; season passes, $16-30.
5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad
2. Cherry Blossom Festival in La Canada Flintridge
March 4-5, 11-12: Welcome springtime with an annual celebration of Japanese culture and the beautiful flowering trees throughout the grounds. Enjoy music, origami, food and guided garden walks. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. See schedule of activities below. Most activities free with admission. Adults, $9; kids (5-12). $4.
1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge
3. Lovely Lavender at Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach
March 4: Kids (5-11) drop in for an afternoon of good old fashioned fun! Create unique seasonal crafts and participate in engaging Rancho-themed activities. Today’s theme is Lovely Lavender. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Free.
4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach
4. Wildflower Watch
All that recent rain made the perfect conditions for a spectacular display of wildflowers in our local mountains and wilderness parks. Now’s your chance to show your kids magical fields of bright yellow coreopsis, 1,800 acres of blooms at the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve, and funky-looking flowers you’d never see in the florist shop, like ocotillos, desert paintbrushes and chuparosa. Check out these 6 Best Wildflower Hikes in Southern California, or see the Kidsguide list of local Nature Centers and Arboretums, Gardens and Wetlands.
5. Wildlife Walk at San Joaquin Sanctuary
First Saturdays: Bring the family for an interpretive walk around the butterfly garden and ponds to witness interactions between plants, animals and insects. Spot the first of the spring wildflowers! Saturday, 9 a.m. Free. Audubon House, visit the website for directions.
5 Riparian View, Irvine
6. Explore the Bay Family Hike in Laguna Beach
March 4: Scout for petals on this easy hike for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport bay and trails. Saturday, 3-5 p.m. Free; parking $3.
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Laguna Beach
7. Free Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tours
First Saturdays: Guides will point out the common plants, animals and birds and discuss history, endangered species, ecology and restoration. Warm clothing, closed-toed shoes and binoculars are recommended. 9-10:30 a.m.; tours depart every 15 minutes.
South lot of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach
8. Natural History Museum Nature Gardens
There’s something new in the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum in LA every time you visit. Flowers are blooming. Wildlife is stopping by. You’ll see bugs that crawl in the winter, butterflies flying in the spring, and a colorful harvest in the fall. The ever-changing outdoor space is also a hub for the investigation of L.A. nature and is ripe with surprises for our wild neighbors, and you, every season of the year. See what’s sprouting this month.
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles
9. California Yarnscape in Los Angeles
March 14-June 25: See one-of-a-kind pieces by fiber artists, knitters, and crocheters that respond to the question, “What is a California landscape to you?” Individual landscapes by more than 50 local artists form an elaborate 60-foot yarnscape in the Autry Plaza. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Included with admission. Adults, $14. Kids, $6. See below for monthly Yarnscape workshops.
March 18: California Poppies, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
April 29: Coyote Mint, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles