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NEWSWORTHY: March 2023 News You Can Use

“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”Robert Louis Stevenson, as found on
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The Flower Fields: “Live Colorfully” as a fifty-five-acre rainbow of ranunculus color will bloom as San Diego’s iconic springtime attraction comes to life with outdoor music performances, flower-filled events and foodie favorites.

CARLSBAD, California – For over sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the country’s most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty. The fifty-five acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus, a flower renowned for its large, double-petaled blooms that sit atop tall, straight stems, comes to life again at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California, beginning Wednesday, March 1, 2023. The Southern California attraction’s 2023 theme of “Live Colorfully” is fitting as the seemingly endless rows of color-coordinated blooms create a strikingly beautiful backdrop that immerses visitors in floral splendor.

“Visitors can’t help but smile here,” says Fred Clarke, General Manager of The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. “We are first and foremost, a sustainable working farm, and each spring The Flower Fields invites our visitors to ‘live colorfully’ via our rainbow of ranunculus. It is our distinct honor to serve as a multi-hued backdrop to so many family trips, romantic dates and even proposals and weddings. We look forward to all the memories in the making that 2023 holds.”

For the 2023 season, The Flower Fields is thrilled to introduce new events like the Meditation and Sound Healing Workshop, a Flower Design Workshop, and Toddler and Me Yoga Story Time themed around plants and flora. Flower frolickers and annual visitors will be greeted by the return of fan favorite programming like the live outdoor music series, Tea in the Garden and Flower Flow Yoga among other experiences like the American Flag of Flowers, Tractor Wagon Ride, Artist Gardens, a Sweet Pea Maze and Cymbidium Orchid Greenhouse. Special events will also be sprinkled throughout the season, from Kid’s Day on March 25, a Canon Photography Workshop on April 16 with the season capped off with its iconic Mother’s Day Celebration on May 14.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are located at 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA, 92008. Single ticket admission is $23 for adults, $21 for seniors 60+ and military, $12 for children 3–10, and free for children under three. Season passes are $48 for adults, $44 for seniors 60+, $24 for children 3–10, with group tours also available. Private events are available to book year-round, including corporate groups and weddings. Advanced tickets are available for purchase by visiting New! Squeeze in some week-day magic and have a relaxing escape to The Flower Fields with new 2023 week-day specials including:

Mondays: With the purchase of one adult or one senior/military, you receive one child’s ticket free (ages 3-10). Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Between 1:00pm-4:00pm, receive $2 off adults, seniors/military and children's tickets.


The Abraxas High School Foundation along with the Abraxas Garden and Kitchen, would like to invite you to our first ever Empty Bowls benefit dinner!

Scratch made soup made by our very own Abraxas Garden Kitchen and culinary students for you to fill your bowl and enjoy among our Abraxas family.

Abraxas art students, local potters, and clay enthusiasts have been busy making beautiful, one-of-a-kind bowls for you to take home!

All proceeds will be used to fill our school's food pantry and Student Services to help our students and families in need of a little extra support to help them thrive.

The event will take place in our beautiful Abraxas Garden on Friday, March 10th, with seating options at 5:15, 6:00, and 6:30.


San Diego Botanic Garden: Pacific Promenade & Path Enhancement Project Update

As part of the SDBG Pacific Promenade & Path Enhancement Project, the Bamboo and Desert Gardens are temporarily closed while work is done to build a fully ADA accessible route and pathway enhancements.

In addition to expanding the accessible footprint, SDBG is focused on safety, with a new pedestrian path alongside the western perimeter and enhancements to the crosswalk are planned. This new path will highlight stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and provide new views of the existing and renovated plant collection. Thank you for your understanding as the work to keep the Garden beautiful continues and implementing the exciting new changes begins!


Mission Hills Garden Club:

25th Annual Mission Hills Garden Walk scheduled for Mother’s Day Weekend

The 2023 Mission Hills Garden Walk, a much-loved gardening tradition in this beautiful neighborhood, will be celebrating the 25th annual garden walk!

Each year has been a success, offering a variety of gardens that will be sure to offer ideas for anyone thinking of making changes in their own gardens or to just stroll through and enjoy the beauty of each one. The walk will include a few spectacular gardens from past years in addition to wonderful gardens not yet seen. It will again be held on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, May 13th.

This year’s Garden Walk will again include a scavenger hunt with a prize for all youth finding the treasures in the gardens. Admission is free for children 10 and under, however strollers are not allowed in the gardens.

The Garden Walk is designed to be approximately a two-mile route through Mission Hills, known for its variety of home and garden styles. To assure safety again this year, participants will select a time slot for starting the walk, with a limited number of individuals in any one garden at a time. Participants will pick up their map at Mission Hills Nursery, 1525 Fort Stockton Dr., on the day of the walk at their selected start time. Tickets go on sale March 15, and should be purchased in advance ($35) at There is no guarantee tickets will be available the day of the walk.

The Mission Hills Garden Club, established in 1997, is a non-profit, community service organization dedicated to educating, engage, beautify, and give back. Proceeds from the annual Garden Walk support community improvement projects including the Gecko Garden at Grant Elementary School, restoration of Allen Canyon, plantings at Pioneer Park and Presidio Park, as well as scholarships to students studying agriculture and related fields.

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Kate Sessions Commitment: Get started--get a tree!

Are you ready to grow a tree? For shade, cooling, energy savings, active living, habitats, or climate action?

If yes, follow the steps to purchase, plant and take care of your new tree.

Buy one of six small and medium tree species available at Walter Andersen Nursery (Old Town) in 5-gallon size for about $50, easy to transport and plant. We call them "Kate's trees!" Check inventory

Also, request a "free" street tree if you agree (promise) to water it. Info for City of San Diego. Grow trees on your educational, institutional, or community property, requesting trees from San Diego Gas & Electric.



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