Did you know that at one time, the beautiful ranunculus was a single color petal flower, found in only two colors?
Let’s talk history and origin of the ranunculus flower, because frankly, the story of The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA is one you’ll want to know before visiting the magical location.
Originating in the early 1920s, a horticulturist named Luther Gage traveled to the Oceanside area with hopes of growing his ranunculus seeds on a land of his own. Sparking interest amongst his neighbors, Mr. Gage intrigued small vegetable farmer Frank Frazee and his son, Edwin.
Building a rightful and demanding flower operation with his father, Edwin dropped out of high school at the age of 16 in pursuit to grow the family business. The ranunculus flower we have grown to love was originally considered a single petal bloom, found in shades of yellow and red. The Asia Minor native and member of the buttercup family, has developed over the years its beautiful colors and fullness of petals with help of careful selection by Edwin Frazee.
Edwin’s technique would rely on nature’s gift of blooming. If nature provided an unusual color or a full flower, he would save its seed and plant them the following years to come. As a result, Edwin has introduced to us a full ranunculus flower and thirteen gorgeous colors. Through several moves throughout southern California, Edwin settled on a final piece of land, known today as The Flower Fields of Carlsbad!