Where to See Wildflowers—and How to Arrange Them Indoors—This Spring
“Primavera,” the Italian word for spring, roughly translates to mean “first true.” The first true full season of the Gregorian calendar, but also the first true chance that flowers have to bloom. Because if flowers aren’t synonymous with late March, April, May, and early June—then what is?
To help inspire some spring arrangements of your own, the team behind David Stark Design and Production has created five floral compositions made up of wildflowers. And what’s more, each bouquet from this oft-forgotten category of nature is paired with its own beautifully designed vase.
But flowers only last so long outside of their natural habitats, so below we’ve gathered five of the best places throughout the country to go see wildflowers in the…wild. From Californian cacophonies of color to Texan bluebonnets, you can stare at these live blooms as long as you want—albeit at specific times of year. So forget all about this year’s never-ending winter—it’s time to head west!
Antelope Valley is widely considered to be the best place to see California’s famous orange poppies. If you ever wanted to live out a Californian version of The Wizard of Oz‘s infamous poppy field-filled scene, this is where you should go. The poppies tend to be open in the morning and close up as the day goes on. But if your schedule means that you can’t make it by morning, fear not. The park also includes hyacinths and fiddlenecks, as well as other plants. What’s more, the California Department of Parks and Recreation features regular updates on predicted “peak bloom” timing on its website through Mother’s Day. As of now, the best time to visit in 2018 is expected to be within the next couple weeks of March. The only potential bad news? The park has a “no-selfie” policy.
California’s Anza-Borrego State Park is often touted as the premier wildflower destination within the state. Located just below Palm Springs, this should be the destination of choice for anyone interested in desert wildflowers. And while peak bloom shifts from year to year, Anza-Borrego generally has one good bloom per year. However, peak bloom generally ends on the early side, so check the park’s flower status updates before you go.
You may not have heard of the Carrizo Plain National Monument, but it’s the mecca of photogenic wildflower habitats. When conditions are right, the combination of yellow and purple blooms can give the appearance of colorfully spray-painted rolling hills. If you don’t make it for a “super-bloom” moment, as happened last year, rest assured that the extended Soda Lake region is still well-worth a trip. To track Carrizo Plain’s expected bloom schedule, check their social media updates.
Crested Butte is a Colorado town best known as a popular skiing destination, but it also brings in droves of visitors each year thanks to its wildflowers—and correlating activities. First founded in 1986, the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival will hold its thirty-second annual celebration this year. The event stretches into summer, but wildflower season kicks off in June. In other words, you’ve got plenty of time to plan.
There may be no wildflower more iconic than the Texas bluebonnet. And while the state’s geographic location makes for a lot of prime wildflower real-estate, lupinus texensis is the one to seek out. Brenham, a town in Washington County, is the capital of the Lone Star State’s favorite flower. The town has a website devoted solely to bluebonnet season this year, which includes tips on where to stay, as well as updates on peak bloom timing. As of now, the bluebonnets are expected any between time now and the end of April.