Super Bloom in Long Beach

Enjoying the season’s offerings without the hassle

By Sylvana Uribe Community Editor

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The “super bloom” sweeping across California, greatly made possible by the rainfall this past winter, has sent many to desert fields in search of these colorful displays. However, much more accessible options exist in Long Beach for those who want in on the “super bloom” obsession.

Rancho Los Cerritos

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Tucked away in Long Beach’s Virginia Country Club, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site has ushered in Spring with the full bloom of its wisterias.

Rancho Los Cerritos is an adobe home and grounds that has witnessed Long Beach’s and Southern California’s transformation from a ranch town to an urban society. Those at the Rancho preserve its rich history through special events, exhibits and tours of the home and garden.

The wisterias have been a main attraction for the Rancho in recent weeks with visitors hoping to see the flowers before the bloom subsides. The fragrant purple flowers were planted during the adobe home’s 1930 restoration, replacing grapevines that were first planted at the Rancho in 1844. Today, the flowers remain draped over the site’s arbor.

Visitors can either embark on self-guided tours of the garden or tour with a garden docent. Benches are also on site for those who want to have a picnic lunch in the garden.

Rancho Los Cerritos is located at 4600 Virginia Road. The Rancho is open to the public Wednesday-Sunday from 1–5 p.m. Admission is free.

Willow Springs Park

Longview Point at Willow Springs Park offers a scenic escape from the demands of city life. (Sylvana Uribe/Union Weekly)

Willow Springs Park came to the inner-city of Long Beach after a series of failed plans and developments. Among the failed plans were propositions for auto malls, racetracks, and housing. Had it not been for these multiple failures, the slice of nature would not have brought a full bloom and escape within the inner-city.

Willow Springs Park opened for the first time ever as a public space at Longview Point, the hill’s highest peak, in November 2012.

There are multiple flowers currently in bloom, including orange monkeyflowers, yellow sunflowers,and fuchsia gooseberries. On occasion, the wind picks up and lifts the strong aroma of the sage too.

Depending on the visibility of the day, Willow Springs Park provides a 50-mile radius view of the region spanning from Santa Catalina Island to the San Gabriel Mountains.

Willow Springs Park is located at 2745 Orange Avenue.

(Sylvana Uribe/Union Weekly)
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