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.
Sunflower fields now or coming soon
Bush-n-Vine Farm, 1650 Filbert Hwy, York, South Carolina, has sunflower fields that are blooming now (as of September 19th.) They are open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The sunflower fields are a popular destination for both professional photographers, who need to purchase a pass, and families taking their own pictures. It costs $2 to enter the fields (children 2 and under are free) and that includes one sunflower to take home.
Kersey Valley Sunflower Extravaganza
Over 350,000 sunflowers have been planted on the rolling hills of Kersey Valley Attractions, 1615 Kersey Valley Road, Archdale. General admission is $15, and that includes one stem to take home. Additional stems are $2 each. The fields are in bloom now (September 18th) and will be through mid-October. You need to bookyour time in advance, and the choices are sunrise (7 a.m.), Midday (1:30 p.m.), and sunset (5:30 p.m.) Archdale is a little more than an hour northeast of Charlotte.
Oddie’s Sunflower Field
Oddie’s Sunflower Field, at 2890 Oddie Road, Salisbury, is free to visit, although donations are appreciated. You’ll find a donation box at the field. Please do donate generously if you can.
UPDATE: As of Wednesday, September 16th, 2020, the fields are in bloom again, and should be for a couple of weeks.
To find this sunflower field, in Salisbury, turn right on Oddie Road from Stokes Ferry Road. You’ll see this sign.
Immediately after turning right on Oddie Road, look to your right and you’ll see this gate. Turn in here.
Then, just follow the signs, and the road will bring you to the sunflower field. Please don’t pick the flowers.
You’re welcome to enjoy a picnic at the picnic table, or take pictures with the antique farm equipment.
McLawland Farms LLC
McLawland Farms, at 8632 Reedy Creek Road, in Charlotte, is a small operation (“2 guys and a farm”) that grows flowers that you can pick yourself. The summer flower season ended, but they are gearing up for a second sunflower season, tentatively planned from October 15th to November 1st. (Depending on the crop.) Price TBA. They operate by appointment only. The October sunflower season will also include tours, and there will be a times for photographers, with fees. They also offer blackberry picking in June. Read more on their website.
Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm
Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm, 906 Dallas Stanley Hwy, Dallas, hopes to have another sunflower field in bloom in October.
Sunflower fields over for the season
Update: No dates remain available for Carrigan Farms’ sunflower fields.
Photoshoots in the sunflower field begins Wednesday, July 29th, 2020, and is expected to last about two weeks. Reservations are required. We expect reservations to fill up very quickly.
Guests can book a private session with a photographer for $124.95 for a 45 minute session. The price includes up to six people. Additional guests may be added for a cost $15 per person. 10 edited pictures, an additional 35 images, and one bouquet of six sunflowers are included. The private photo session includes 1 parking pass, so they ask groups come in one car.
Guests can also book a do-it-yourself photo shoot at the sunflower field at select times. The cost is $15 for the first person, and $12 for each additional person in the group. The DIY Photoshoot includes five sunflowers per person and one parking pass per group, so they request groups come in one car.
You might also be interested in making a reservation at Carrigan Farms’ swimming quarry.
Carrigan Farms is at 1261 Oakridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville.
Wise Acres, at 4701 Hartis Road, in Indian Trail, is known for its strawberry fields and farm activities for kids. Strawberry season is long gone, and the kids’ activities aren’t open at this time.
However, they have planted sunflower fields, and they are open through August 18th, 2020, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Wise Acres carefully limits crowds, so you have to reserve your time slot, and they will surely go quickly.
$6 per person (non walking infants are free)
1 hour on the farm with access to:
- Sunflower field for photos and 1 u-cut stem per person (additional flowers available for $1/stem
- Wooded scavenger hunt (same from strawberry season)
- Playground access
- Animal area access
- Organic lemonade slushies available for purchase
Please bring bucket/container for your sunflowers. Feel free to bring your own clippers if you have them.
You’ll find a link to reserve your spot on Wise Acres’ website.
Update: Wise Acres’ sunflower days have ended.
Draper Wildlife Management Area Sunflower Field
Sunflowers have been planted at Draper Wildlife Management Area, 1080 Draper Road, McConnells, South Carolina.
Update: The sunflowers are over at Draper! Come again next year!
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.
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.
NOTE: Sunflower season is over at Dogwood Farms and it’s closed until fall.
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.
Subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap