San Diego County Fair
Contests & Competitive Exhibits  

Paul Ecke, Jr. Flower & Garden Show

Flower Show

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.

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

  • Dahlias
  • DSCN3619
  • DSCN3651
  • flowertheme display
  • IMG_1457
  • IMG_1475
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.200
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.204
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.206
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.208
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.210
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.214
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.216
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.232
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.238
  • san diego fair day 14 flowers 062413-8864
  • SH_FlowerJudging_062320130929
  • SH_FlowerShow_061920130004
  • SH_Garden_06081632
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.221
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.228
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.229
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.241
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.247
  • JL_Booth_Garden_Displays.62913.249
  • SH_FlowerJudging_062320130937
  • SH_FlowerJudging_062320130943
  • SH_Flowers_062720131367
  • SH_FlowerShow_061920130002
  • SH_Garden_06081673
  • IMG_1349
  • san-diego-fair-day-4--flower-arrangement-061213-6770

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]

Friday, June 5: Wine and Cheese Reception — Join us when the Fair opens at 4:00PM for a specially priced wine and cheese reception and free docent tours, from 4:00-8:00PM.

Sunday, June 7: Flower Festival — Floral design demonstrations by industry experts, design schools, top local growers and garden clubs will be competing throughout the day and fun activities will be available for all ages.

June 10, 12, 23 and 26: Floral Speakers (Flower & Garden Show Stage)

Friday, June 12: Del Mar Rose Day

Sunday, June 14: The 6th Annual Floral Design Competition — Winner of this event goes to the state Top Ten Competition, so expect to watch exceptionally good designers arrange their very best renditions of "A Walk in the Park." For their second design, the competitors will be challenged by a surprise package.

Thursday, June 18: Rose Day

Saturday, June 20: International Hospitality Day — A day to celebrate all our neighboring countries, their customs, food, facts and fun. Whatever your ancestry, please join this International Hospitality Day party. You are invited to wear traditional costumes, speak your native language, and tell us about your favorite food.

Sunday, June 21: Ikebana Day — The Sleep Train O'Brien Hall will be filled with beautiful and artful examples of traditional Ikebana floral arrangements. Master Teacher of The SAKURA IKEBANA GROUP, the Ohara School, Jackie (Jingyi) Zhang, will provide a comprehensive Ikebana demonstration at the Flower and Garden Show Stage.

Saturday, June 27: Balboa Park Gardens, Then & Now

Sunday, June 28: My Big Fair Wedding Day — See information below

Saturday, July 4: Stars, Stripes and Stems — Military personnel will create the arrangements for the 4th of July 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.

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 is Friday, May 8, at 11:59PM. Enter online

My Big Fair Wedding Day

Six lucky couples will get married or renew vows at the 2015 San Diego County Fair, at this year's My Big Fair Wedding Day (Sunday, June 28, 10:00AM-5:00PM). Each chosen couple receives a full, actual wedding ceremony along with all the trimmings. More information on My Big Fair Wedding Day.

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  


If you would like to receive reminders on deadlines and other entry information, please sign-up for the Del Mar Fairgrounds mailing list.


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