Hello, Flower Friends!!
COVID-19 has had many of us on edge and we have become much more familiar with our homes than with the outside world. With spring approaching, there are so many opportunities to get outside and have some fresh flower fun, right here in San Diego! Here are a few that we love and would highly recommend.
Little Italy Farmers Market
Have you ever noticed that flowers from a farmer’s market or a florist tend to last longer than flowers you can get at the grocery store? There’s a reason for that. When you pick up a bouquet from a farmer’s market, the person you’re buying it from is often the grower themselves. That means the time between the flowers getting cut from the garden and getting into your hands is typically only a day or two, sometimes just hours! Flowers in a grocery store need to be shipped from the grower to the distribution center to the store, often with a few stops in between, which means it can be 7-10 days before they even get to their final destination. (Another blog post on this topic to come!)
The Little Italy Farmers Market is one of the most established and reputable local markets and the flowers they have there are always stunning. They take place every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p..m. You can find pre-arranged bouquets, individual blooms by the dozen and other unique finds. To finish off the look, you can stop by one of the local craft booths to find the perfect vase!
The Flower Fields
Carlsbad is home to the famous Flower Fields, a sprawling 55 acre farm dedicated to Ranunculus blooms and other specialty flowers that opens to the public every spring. For more than 60 years, this working flower farm has been cultivating the blooms that are now enjoyed by thousands of people every year with a goal to educate and inspire people with the blooms.
Beginning at the age of 16, Edwin Frazee began working alongside his father to learn the art of growing ranunculus, a flower that had not yet grown in it’s popularity, but was beautiful and delicate to grow. Over the years, he built relationships with other San Diego growers that bloomed into the Flower Fields as we know it today and accomplished their mission to bring the ranunculus flower and agriculture as a whole directly to the people.
Today, you can visit the Flower Fields from March to early May and enjoy the beautiful landscape, antique tractor rides and pick-your-own blueberry fields. Mark your calendars–opening day for 2022 is March 1st!
A Flower Workshop
Our flower workshops are a unique way to embrace your love of flowers and relax with incredible wines at the same time. Our flowers are always fresh – we work with an incredible local company and always purchase our flowers just a day or two before the event. We personally prep each stem to make sure it is the highest quality and ready to be placed in your bouquet when you’re ready for it.
The thing we love about our classes is that each bouquet is unique and personal to the creator! When we look around at the end of the class, each person is holding a bouquet that looks different than the person next to them, yet everyone had the opportunity to pick flowers from the same flower bar. Each person’s creativity is on full display and we can’t wait to see what you create!
Check out our Events page to find a list of our upcoming classes or get details on how to schedule a private class for you and your friends!
No matter what activity you choose, opt outside! We hope you take advantage of the outdoor activities that San Diego is famous for, especially as the spring and summer approaches. What is your favorite San Diego activity? Let us know in the comments!!