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.
EXPERIENCE LOMPOC'S SPRING TIME BLOOMS
Lompoc's gorgeous blooms include both our seasonal wildflowers and commercial flower fields. Wildflowers begin blooming around mid-April each year and can be found on our lush rolling hills throughout the Spring. Commercial fields can be easily seen from many major roadways in and around Lompoc. The commercial fields bloom 3-4 times throughout the year while wildflowers bloom seasonally.
The flower tracker map includes bloom locations for the best times and locations for both commercial and wildflower viewing.
Flower Field Bloom Tracker
Mid-April gave harvest to an abundance of gorgeous larkspur, delphinium, and Queen Anne’s lace. Summer offered new crops full of vibrant and luscious blooms.
Keep an eye out for updates!
Last updated 5/6/2021
A. Highway 246 / W Ocean Ave. to Bailey Rd.
This field follows a seasonal cycle of planting, blooming, and harvest. As you exit Lompoc you will be able to view the diverse commercial blooms that are growing between Bailey Rd and Floradale Ave. The fields continue to bloom into early fall.
B. Highway 246 / La Salle Canyon
Continue west on Highway 246 about 2 miles past Bailey Road To La Salle Canyon Road. Take La Salle Canyon Road about half a mile and you can view the flowers from the side of the road.
Wildflower Bloom Tracker
Get the most out of your wildflower visit by viewing the flower blooms at their peak! For some varieties, the colors are the most vibrant in the early morning or late afternoon. Popular flower varietals include the California poppy, Lupine, Filigree, Hummingbird Sage, Baby Blue Eyes, Coastal Encelia, Blue Bells, and Morning Glory.
Wildflowers are just starting to bloom, flowers should be in full bloom very soon!
Last updated 5/6/2021
1. Highway 1
If you are traveling Northbound to Lompoc; once you exit onto highway 1 there are flowers blooming almost the entire way to Lompoc. The roadsides are painted with wild sweet peas, forget me nots and mustard plants.
3. Santa Rosa Rd
If you head South on highway 1 to Santa Rosa toward Buellton, you will drive through 20 beautiful miles of vineyards, wineries and patches of blooms. Expect to see mustard plants, California poppies, lupine, filaree and more scattered throughout the hillside.
4. Drum Canyon
Drum Canyon Road runs from highway 246 to Los Alamos, for about twelve miles you can enjoy California poppies, baby blue eyes, lupine, sweet peas and much more!
5. Ocean Park
On the way to Ocean Beach Park via Ocean Park Road, you will see wildflower patches, but the super blooms take over when you enter the park itself. Along the estuary, there is a blanket of bush daisies, mustard, ice plants, morning glories and plenty more!
June 26 - June 30
Celebrating Lompoc Valley’s floral heritage, the 67th Annual Lompoc Flower Festival will be held June 26-30, 2019 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.