Fireworks are in short supply this year, but you could say that sunflowers are nature’s fireworks, and they are definitely not canceled!
On this page we will be updating the inside scoop on sunflower fields that are a short drive from Charlotte. We will update throughout the summer, as long as there are blooms.
Do you know of sunflower fields that are open to visitors and not on this list? Please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Different fields have different schedules, so, more is to come, but we didn’t want you to miss this one, which is happening on the early side:
Draper Wildlife Management Area Sunflower Field
Sunflowers have been planted at Draper Wildlife Management Area, 1080 Draper Road, McConnells, South Carolina.
They are in full bloom now (July 4th, 2020) and should be blooming for a couple of weeks.
When you enter the Draper Wildlife Management Area, drive through the first parking area and continue along the road. You’ll get to a parking area, pictured below, that ends in a circle. Walk the path on the left, through the woods, to get to the sunflower fields. We understand that there are also sunflower fields that you get to from the path on the right.
It’s free to visit.
What a perfect treat for the 4th of July!
You’re welcome to visit from dawn to dusk and to take pictures.
Draper Wildlife Management Area is just 36 miles from Charlotte.
Please do not pick the sunflowers!
Please understand that the arrival and the duration of the blooms depends on weather.
We took the pictures in this section on July 4th, 2020.
Bush-n-Vine Farm, 1650 Filbert Hwy, York, South Carolina, is planting sunflowers and the fields should be in bloom in late August and early September.
The sunflower fields are a popular destination for both professional photographers, who need to purchase a pass, and families taking their own pictures. In past years there was a $2 charge to enter the sunflower fields. We expect the same this year, but will update when we have more information.
Waxhaw/Weddington Sunflower Fields
The last couple of years, the fields at the corner of Providence Road and Ennis Road have been planted with sunflowers. These have bloomed later in the season, around August.
However, the farmer is not planting sunflowers in 2020.
Here’s a good article from last year about the Waxhaw Sunflower Fields.
Dogwood Farms is a flower farm at 8096 Belews Creek Road, Belews Creek, in Forsyth County. This is northwest of Greensboro, so it’s about 97 miles from Charlotte, but they take their sunflowers really seriously here!
The farm is open every day until sunflower season ends, from 9 a.m. to sunset.
It costs $5 to go into the fields. Age 8 and under are free, age 65 and older are $3, and veterans and active duty military members get in for free.
Sunflowers are $1 a stem and wild flowers are $3 fo ra half dozen and $5 for a dozen. This includes wrapping and cutting the flowers.
Professional photographers must pay a $25 per hour fee.
In addition to the sunflower days that are taking place every day during sunflower season, Dogwood Farms is hosting Freedom Flower Event on 4th of July weekend.
On July 4th and 5th, from 9 a.m. to dark on both days, celebrate Independence Day on the farm. Besides posing with flowers and buying stems, there will be vendors and local craftspeople.
There will be a contest for the craziest patriotic outfit. If you show up wearing anything with the American flag on it, get $1 off admission.
Last year, Springs Farm, at 1010 Springfield Parkway, Fort Mill, South Carolina, had planted a sunflower field and even had planned a Sunflower Festival. We learned from the farm manager that they did not plant sunflowers for 2020, but hope to plant them again in 2021.
15 Fun Sunflower Facts
There’s something magical about a sunflower, and people can’t resist being drawn to them. Here are some interesting sunflower facts!
- They are native to America.
- They need 6 to 8 hours of sun a day.
- They “keep their eye” on the sun. Young blossoms, in a behavior called “heliotropism,” will follow the sun during the day.
- The French word for sunflower is “tournesol,” which literally means “turns with the sun.”
- Mature sunflowers face east.
- The tallest sunflower on record was over 30 feet tall, but your typical tall sunflower reaches 12 to 16 feet.
- Dwarf sunflowers generally stay under 3 feet.
- The sunflower’s head is actually made of thousands of smaller flowers.
- U.S. astronaut Don Pettit brought sunflower seeds into space in 2012, and blogged about the the gardening process.
- Sunflowers have been used in foods, medicines, dyes and oils.
- You can use sunflowers as a homemade scrubbing pad.
- Not all sunflowers are yellow. There are also red and purple varieties.
- Sunflowers can self-pollinate if no bees are around to transfer pollen to the stigma. The stigma can twist around to reach its own pollen, and in that case, will produce seeds that grow into plants identical to the one they came from.
- There are about 70 species of sunflowers.
- Sunflowers are sometimes used for biofuel.
Draper Wildlife Management Area, McConnells, SC