Flower Power

Don’t just buy mom flowers, take her to see some

By Maureen Hine and Michelle Guerin
|  Saturday, May 8, 2010  |  Updated 6:15 AM PDT
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The hills are alive in San Diego, and we're not talking about the sound of music. Wildflowers are sprouting up everywhere following one of the most bountiful rainfalls we have seen in a long time, DiscoverSD reported.

Get outside and go wild for San Diego flower fields and nature reserves.

The Carlsbad Flower Field
Open daily from 9am to 6pm the Flower Field is a nostalgic getaway for those of us who remember what North County San Diego used to look like before overpopulated strip malls and extravagant houses took over the natural landscape. Read more at DiscoverSD

San Diego Botanic Garden
Open daily from 9am to 5pm, San Diego Botanic Gardens provides a unique atmosphere that gives you the sensation of traveling from a desert environment to a tropical rainforest, without leaving the cozy North County community of Encinitas. Read more at DiscoverSD

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Attention San Diego! Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is calling this bloom season to be one of the most vibrant yet. Read more at DiscoverSD

Balboa Park Gardens
Every day Balboa Park has its gates open to over eight stunningly beautiful gardens. Start your trip out by easing your mind as you cruise through the winding paths of the Japanese Friendship Garden where you will find a Zen garden for meditation, an exhibit house, koi pond, bonsai exhibit, ceremonial gate, and a Fujidana. Read more at DiscoverSD

Cabrillo National Monument:
Every day from 9am to 5:15pm, the scenic Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma is a great place to explore two ecosystems – the coastal Mediterranean and the marine – for the price of one. The Mediterranean ecosystem is home to some of the most breathtaking coastal sage scrub plants in San Diego. Read more at DiscoverSD

Mission Trails Regional Park
Tucked away in the East County of San Diego, it is easy to get lost inside the rustic Mission Trails Regional Park. The park is enclosed by mountains on all sides and there are plenty of trails, paths and roads to immerse yourself in. Read more at DiscoverSD

Florida Canyon
Florida Canyon is a preservation of Balboa Park's natural San Diego origin. Here, you will find comfort in over 150 acres of the brownish-gray Coastal Sage Scrub plants which we locals are proud to call native to San Diego. Read more at DiscoverSD

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
This East County park is a fun place to snag a glimpse of wildflowers from a totally different level. After you park the car, strap on your sturdiest pair of hiking boots and vow to make the climb to the top of Cuyamaca Peak, the second highest point in San Diego. Read more at DiscoverSD

Cleveland National Forest
Cleveland National Forest is the southern-most national forest in San Diego. Stretching over 460,000 acres of land, it is a reminder of what our city would look like without any man made structures. Read more at DiscoverSD

William Heise County Park
Open daily from 9am to 5pm, William Heise County Park just might be one of the most unique places visit on your wildflower hunt. Located in Julian, this is one of the few San Diego parks to get snowfall in the winter, making it interesting to see what types of wildflowers, if any, will bloom in the spring. Read more at DiscoverSD

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