Seeds of an Industry in Lompoc
Our Private Tour North of Los Angeles Sees
Where Seeds Come From
There was a time, not too long ago, when the fields around Lompoc, California, more than 1,500 acres, would be rainbow-colored with flowers and buds all through the summer. To gardeners the names Burpee, Denholm and Bodger meant packets of seeds to be planted, nurtured and enjoyed. Those days have passed but there remain fields of flowers and a grand tradition in this community of the agricultural industry that sustained them for so long. We get to Lompoc from time to time when we take our private Los Angeles tour guests up to the Santa Ynez Valley to enjoy a growing and successful wine region north of Santa Barbara. We provide tours regularly to wine enthusiasts who often want more than to sample the area wines when they visit Southern California but to see the vineyards and explore the wineries. A day trip from Los Angeles gets us to any number of wonderful wine tastings and a chance to sightsee in a part of California that visitors often overlook. If we are up here in late summer then that is the best time to witness the flowering in the fields of Lompoc and possibly participate in the Flower Festival. Nearby is Ostrichland USA (yes, very big birds) and Vandenberg Air Force Base (a missile launching facility that often lights up our night sky) and also Point Conception, a geographical point on the coast with mythological value to local native Americans. It is sad that the flower seed industry has departed to other countries but enough remains here to enjoy the beauty of such colorful fields.