by LAINEY KRAL

Our Backyard in Bloom

After an unusually rainy winter, San Diego should look forward to a beautifully blooming spring. Gardens and greenery can be found all over the city, from parks to trails to your own backyard. We’ve highlighted just a few destinations below if you’re looking to schedule a colorful afternoon out.


bkyd_wildflowers2Balboa Park
Balboa Park is home to some of San Diego’s most famous gardens. The park is the perfect place for a picnic on sunny days, before or after you stroll through the Alcazar Garden, Botanical Building, and Japanese Friendship Garden. The award-winning Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden begins blooming in March, and the 130 varieties of roses peak in April and May. Learn more at www.balboapark.org/explore/gardens.

Cabrillo National Monument
Take a tour along the trails at Cabrillo National Monument for fantastic views of land and sea. The area is famous for its beautiful plant life, and it’s even easier to spot what you’re looking for with the National Park Service’s smartphone app. Download the CNM Wildflowers app for help identifying specific flowers while you’re there. Learn more at www.nps.gov/cabr.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
Carlsbad Ranch is home to over 50 acres of beautiful blooms, and is open from March 1 to May 12 this year. The flowers usually peak between mid-March and mid-April. Special events include live music, yoga, and arts and crafts, or keep it simple and just enjoy the colorful views all around you. Learn more at www.theflowerfields.com.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Torrey Pines encompasses 1,500 acres of preserved land, including its namesake Torrey pine and miles of scenic trails. The Guy Fleming Trail has the greatest variety of wildflowers, and the Parry Grove Trail starts at the Whitaker Garden, which features native plants. Take the Razor Point Trail or Beach Trail to the Yucca Point Overlook for views of beautiful yucca flowers. Learn more at www.torreypine.org.