50 Acres of Flowers

This California display blooms on a hill overlooking the sea.

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Multi-colored Blooms
Photographer Fran Gealer

Sea of Blooms

“I know of no other place like it,” says Los Angeles visitor Octavia Spencer. “Where else can you spend half the day playing in the ocean and the other half floating in a sea of flowers?”

Botanist Luther Gage first brought ranunculus, also known as Persian buttercup, to Carlsbad in 1921, when he returned from England with a batch of seeds. But the Frazee family is most responsible for the town’s -vibrant coastal hillsides. Edwin Frazee, whose father worked with Luther, realized that ranunculus bulbs thrive in a mild climate with sandy, well-drained soil, just like that found in sunny Carlsbad.

 

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