Sunflowers as tall as your head, purple lavender, red poppies, rainbow super blooms, white almond blossoms, curated Ranunculus flowers, pastel tulips…
There are so many stunning flower fields in California you can visit. Year-round, too! One of my favorite things to do on a free day is to hunt down a beautiful flower field nearby to photograph. I’m constantly discovering a new flower field, but here are 15 of my favorites.
15 Enchanting Flower Fields in California + Best Seasons To View Them
Wildflowers are all over California. There’s yellow wild mustard that thrives in wine country vineyards. There’s little purple flowers that grow on short shrubs at almost any rugged coastal beach. Cacti have flowers even.
But, there are specifics regions with specific flowers (wild, farmed, and in gardens) with specific seasons to see them. And I’m sharing all the information for you in this post!
Flower Field Etiquette
Before I chat about where to see flower fields in California, let’s quickly go over etiquette. No matter if you are visiting a ticketed managed farm like the Flower Fields in Carlsbad or viewing wildflowers in Joshua Tree during a super bloom hike, don’t be a dick to mother earth & be respectful. I really can’t believe I have to say this, but as always:
- Don’t pick wildflowers, they aren’t your property. It’s also illegal to pick poppies in California.
- Don’t step directly on a flower (they may not be able to grow back next year.)
- Don’t fly your drone unless you have permission (it’s illegal on other people’s property and in all state + national parks.)
- Always check visitor information when heading to parks to see if they are open, have any updated safety information, events happening, etc.
Ok, let’s get started on all the best places to view flowers in California!
Other California Flower Fields To Visit
Again, this entire state is basically covered in flowers. That being said, there are a few flower fields in Southern California that I’ve heard whispers of but haven’t been able to visit personally to confirm their awesomeness.
- Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Another desert habitat, probably with seasons and wildflowers similar to Joshua Tree.
- Gorman Hills flower fields: Somewhere in Venture County, I think this area is known for wildflowers and the city is considering making it an official reserve.
- Hearst Castle Gardens: This National Historic landmark castle has expansive gardens on the grounds.
So, those are my 15 favorite places to spot flowers in California. I’m sure this list will keep on growing over the years as I explore more and more of the Golden State.
Do you have a favorite place to view flowers or gardens in California? Leave a comment below so everyone can see! Got questions? Comment below or DM me on Instagram @thewhimsysoul and I’ll try to help.
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