San Diego County Fair
Contests & Competitive Exhibits  

Paul Ecke, Jr. Flower & Garden Show

Flower Show

Hours: Fair opening to 10:00PM. The exhibit stays open until 11:00PM Fridays and Saturdays and until midnight on July 4.
Location: Sleep Train O'Brien Hall

The Paul Ecke Jr. Flower Show features the region's largest exhibition of award-winning floral specimens. Spaces will be transformed into professional interiors, and floral vignettes and floral inspirations will be displayed throughout the exhibit. Competitions take place every three days for amateur and professional floral designs, showcasing more than 5,000 beautiful, fresh-cut blooms throughout the Fair.

This year's Flower Show theme, "A Walk In The Park," echoes the unique opportunity to partner with Balboa Park as it celebrates the centennial of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. This year's Flower Show will bring you the history, lore and romantic magic of that long-ago event with the feeling and ambiance of a walk in the park. Scroll down for more information.

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Flower Show Events

Speakers share gardening and flower-growing tips several times daily on the Flower and Garden Show Stage. Additional speakers will be added to the schedule at a later date.
View the Show Stage Schedule here [PDF, opens in a new window]

July 4: Stars, Stripes and Stems — Military personnel will create the arrangements for the July 4 floral contest, "Stars, Stripes & Stems." Cheer for your favorite contestant and join special guest judges, including NYFD retiree Joe Torillo, who will be speaking on the Heineken Grandstand Stage later that night.

Floral Design Winner6th Annual Floral Design Competition

Congratulations to Sam Prom-Chien, winner of this year's Floral Design Competition, which was June 14. Sam, pictured with judge George Speer, now has the chance to compete at the state level this fall. Mickey Long took second place.

Flower Show competition is closed

Deadline for entering was May 1. Delivery dates and other information for those who have already entered are included in the Competition Information. The deadline for entering the Floral Design Competition was Friday, May 8, at 11:59PM.

Thank you to our
2015 Flower
Show Donors

Andrus Chiropractic Group Mayesh Wholesale Florist, Inc.
Burtech Pipeline MiraCosta College
Horticulture Dept.
Carmen Comer Obra Verde Growers
Del Dios Country Gardens The O'Leary Family
Dos Gringos Olive Hill Greenhouse, Inc.
The Dutch Flower Ralph's Statuary
FloraMesa Wholesale Flower Market Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market
The Foote Family Shinoda Design Center
Fox Point Farms System Pavers
Jerome's Furniture Tayama Greenhouse, Inc.
KT Orchids and Tropical Wholesale Twin Oaks Growers Int'l, Inc.
Masterpiece Builders  


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Please contact the Exhibits Office at 858-792-4207 or email Someone is available to assist you Monday-Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM