See the Lompoc Flower Fields
In the “Valley of Arts and Flowers”, visitors can see spectacular patches of colors from spring through fall in the farm fields of Lompoc Valley – Stock, Larkspur, Delphinium, Sweet Pea and Bells of Ireland along with other varieties are grown in abundance by local commercial flower growers.
LOMPOC FLOWER FIELD MAP
Where to See Lompoc's Flower Fields: The locations of the flower fields rotate annually, but this map gives a general idea of where the flower fields may be found. Please keep in mind that the flower fields are privately owned; visitors are welcome to photograph the flowers from the side of the road, but are not permitted to walk into the fields.
June 20 - June 24
Celebrating Lompoc Valley’s floral heritage, the 66th Annual Lompoc Flower Festival will be held June 20-24, 2018 at Ryon Park in Lompoc, California. The Festival will feature carnival rides and games, arts and craft exhibitors, food booths and commercial vendors, musical entertainment, a flower parade (Saturday) and fun for the whole family!
Want to see some big art? In Lompoc it’s everywhere. Lompoc Murals are one of the city’s top attractions, depicting scenes of Lompoc’s heritage, flower industry, historic sights, ethnic diversity, scenic beauty and more. Some 40 murals on street corners, in alley ways, and on sides of prominent buildings have turned Old Town Lompoc into an outdoor art gallery.
LOMPOC'S FLOWER GROWING HERITAGE
Lompoc’s mild year-round, Mediterranean climate, cooled by ocean breezes and moist, morning fog, has provided an ideal climate for growing flowers for more than a century. The Lompoc coast is where the northern and southern currents of the Pacific Ocean meet, and this unique coastal phenomenon results in the cool ocean breezes that help provide excellent growing and harvesting conditions for many varieties of cut flowers.
The flower industry in the Lompoc Valley dates back to the early 1900s when mustard was harvested for seed, and for many decades after, seeds grown locally were sold all over the world, earning Lompoc the nickname “Flower Seed Capital of the World.” The height of flower seed production was in the 1960s and 1970s. But, due to changes in the consumer market and rising costs, local seed production has all but vanished. Today, the focus is on cut flowers and other agricultural products including broccoli, cauliflower, dry beans, lettuce, celery and annual artichokes.
Though fewer flowers have been planted locally in recent years, approximately 80% of cut flower production in the United States comes from California, and over half of that comes from Santa Barbara County, where Lompoc is located. The largest commercial flower grower in Lompoc is Ocean View Flowers, specializing in Bells of Ireland, Delphinium, Larkspur, and Stock along with summer fillers and accent varieties used by florists and supermarkets. You’ll find flowers grown in Lompoc sold in national and local grocery stores.