San Diego County Fair

Paul Ecke Jr. Flower Show

About this exhibit

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.


Dates, Times, Location

Exhibit Dates: Friday, June 3 through Monday, July 4
(The Fair is closed Mondays except July 4, and the first two Tuesdays)
Exhibit Hours: Fair opening to 10:00PM, Sundays and Tuesdays-Thursdays; 11:00PM, Fridays-
Saturdays; 11:00PM, July 4.
Exhibit Location: Sleep Train O'Brien Hall

Entry information has been moved toward the bottom of the page.



Flower Show2016 Exhibit Attractions
and Activities

New for 2016

The theme of this year's Flower Show is "Wonderland." Experience colorful arrangements and vignettes, complete with a Queen of Hearts Castle and her famous Rose Garden, featuring gorgeous flowers everywhere. Spaces will be transformed into professional interiors, and floral vignettes and floral inspirations will be displayed throughout the exhibit.


Every Day

Flower ShowLearn something new! Check the schedule (and, don't be late...) so you don't miss any of the special floral contests and exhibits presented by San Diego County's most noted and gifted horticulturists, floriculture designers and flower enthusiasts.
Flower & Garden Show Stage Schedule [PDF]

Visit often to see the rotating competitive displays of cut flowers and floral design. In floral design, competitors vie in professional, amateur, novice and beginner levels, expressing with flowers a new theme each day. Specimen blooms include dahlias, gladiolus, roses, orchids and more.

Special Events

IkebanaIkebana Day, June 11 and 12, 2016: Enjoy more than 20 exotic Ikebana arrangements created by the Sakura Ikebana Group of the Ohara School. Ikebana master Jangyi Zhang will be teaching and demonstrating the art and culture of this method of Japanese flower arranging, along with several other Ikebana florists at the Flower & Garden Show Stage on Sunday, June 12 from 11:00AM-3:00PM. Be sure to stop by the Del Mar Arena on June 12 for the Asian Festival.

Rose Day, June 16, 2016: A day devoted to seeing this beloved flower at all of its stages, and learning how to grow them.

Flower Festival and 7th Annual Floral Design Competition, June 19, 2016: Watch floral designers create beautiful arrangements on the spot starting at 10:30AM. Their first challenge will be to create an "Alice's Wonderland" theme arrangement, followed by an on-the-spot design using a surprise package of flowers and floral supplies.

Both arrangements will be judged and winners will be determined by a combination of the two scores. The winner will have the opportunity to compete in the California State's Floral Association Top Ten Competition. Winners will be announced on stage at 3:00PM.

Additional events will be happening in the Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show.


2016 My Big Fair Wedding Day

Bridal bouquetsThree lucky couples will be married at the 2016 My Big Fair Wedding Day on June 26, 2016. Each couple receives a full, actual wedding ceremony along with all the trimmings.

Fair visitors are invited to join in the Group Vow Renewal.

Couples planning their own weddings will be able to talk with wedding florists, photographers, videographers, bakers, and other vendors.

More information on My Big Fair Wedding Day.



Floral Design Contest winner

7th Annual Floral Design Competition

Congratulations to Carvill Veech from Coronado, winner of this year's Floral Design Competition, which was June 19, 2016. Carvill, pictured with one of her winning designs, now has the chance to compete at the state level this fall. Dale Rekus from Hillcrest took second place, and Diana Drummey from La Mesa was third.

The competitors did two rounds, one that was the designer's choice to fit the Fair theme, "Mad About the Fair," and the other involved making an arrangement from materials the Fair provided. In both rounds, the design was created on-site.



2016 Judging Results

These PDF documents are quite large (120-plus pages) and may take some time to download.

Flower Show Results By Last Name [PDF format]

Flower Show Results By Class/Division [PDF format]

I Need Info!

Information has been left online for those who might be interested in entering this competition. New entry information will be posted in early 2017.

2016 Flower Show Entry Information [PDF format]
2016 Local Rules [PDF format]
2016 State Rules [PDF format]




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.


Thank you to our 2016 Flower Show Donors

Alexander's Weddings & Events

KT Orchids and Tropical Wholesale

Backyard X-Scapes

MiraCosta College Horticulture Department

Carmen Comer

Obra Verde Growers

Claudia O'Leary

Olive A Dream Trees

Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture

Olive Hill Greenhouses

Cuyamaca College Botanical Society Floral Club

Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market

Del Dios Country Gardens


Dos Gringos, The Sunflower Guy

San Diego Wholesale Florist

Etienne Foote

Shinoda Design Center

Fox Point Farms/Dramm & Echter

South Bay Botanic Garden

Flowers of Point Loma

The Flower Fields

Jerome's Furniture

Twin Oaks Growers