Metzger’s Zinnia Patch

In Yolo County, California, Mark Mezger has planted two acres of Zinnias on his property – and he’s opened up the acres so members of the public can come in.  You can look at and photograph the flowers, cut some for yourself and take them home with you – all for free.

The only rule is: if you take flowers for yourself, you have to take an equal number of flowers to someone else who can’t get to the farm.

  • Easy to Locate? Yes
  • Pet Friendly? Sort of.  IF you bring your pet it must either stay in your vehicle or be on a leash at all times
  • Is there a Fee? No
  • Are there Restrooms? No
  • Is there Accessible Parking? Yes, pull off into the dirt track near the zinnia field.
  • Other Notes: This is private property that is open to the public for the zinnia patch only.  DO NOT TRESPASS onto other parts of the property and DO NOT BOTHER the folks working on the farm.

The flowers are only blooming and available in the summer months, from late June to early September. Do not enter the property at any other time of the year.

According to the Davis Enterprise, Yolo County business owner Mark Mezger has, since 2013, devoted two acres of his property to growing zinnias for the public to enjoy. The flowers are free; clippers, vases and buckets of water are left out for visitors to use.

Not only do people enjoy the zinnias, the field is a thriving refuge for butterflies, bees, dragonflies, moths and hummingbirds. 

For more information about when the patch is open, see the Zinnia Patch Facebook page.

How to Get to the Zinnia Patch:

From Sacramento:
• Take I-5 North past the city of Woodland
• Take Exit 542 toward the town of Yolo
• Turn RIGHT onto County Road 17
• Turn LEFT at the first cross street onto County Road 99 West. (99 West will parallel the freeway most of the way.)
• The farm will be on your left.
• Turn into the dirt parking area; do NOT block the entrance or other vehicles.

12430 Co Rd 99W, Woodland, CA 95695

Travels of a Certified California Naturalist