There’s nothing that says “summer” like a big, happy field of sunflowers. There are several farms and fields near Charlotte where the public can visit and take pictures.
On this page we will be updating the inside scoop on sunflower fields that are a short drive from Charlotte. We are continually updating as more information is announced.
Sunflowers can bloom from mid-summer to early fall, so you should have many opportunities to enjoy them. Never cut sunflowers unless you have permission from the owner. Although some of these fields hold U-cut days, others are just meant to be enjoyed during your visit.
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Sunflower fields near Charlotte
Please make sure to check the websites of these fields, or their social media, to check the status of the sunflowers before heading out. The sunflower season in the Charlotte area is very long, and some sunflower fields will be done blooming before others even begin.
Carrigan Farms, at 1261 Oakridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, is popular for its apple picking, hayrides, haunted trail and swim quarry. Carrigan Farms has a fall sunflower field.
Guests can book a private session with a photographer, or a do-it-yourself photo shoot at select times. The cost for the DIY sessions were $15 for the first person.The DIY photo shoot also included three sunflowers per person.
Howard Family Farm
We learned about Howard Family Farm when they offered U-pick tulips this spring. This summer have a U-pick sunflower patch. As of mid-September the sunflower field was still in bloom, but make sure to check with them. They also have lots of produce for purchase!Howard Family Farm is in Harmony, in Iredell County, about an hour or so north of Charlotte. 250 Crater Road, Harmony.
Bush-n-Vine Farm, 1650 Filbert Hwy, York, South Carolina, plants sunflowers every year. The sunflower fields open the weekend of July 9th, 2021, and should be open through late September. The admission price is $2 per person and that includes one sunflower. Photography permits are available. They are $50/day. All clients must pay the admission fee. The fields are open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are closed on Sundays. Look for updates here.
Oddie’s Sunflower Field
Oddie’s Sunflower Field, at 2890 Oddie Road, Salisbury, had sunflower crops several times in 2020, and visiting them was a wonderful treat. They are back again in 2021, and were blooming in mid-June. You’ll need to follow their Facebook page to look for announcements about when the flowers are blooming.
It’s free to visit, although donations were appreciated. There is a donation box at the field. Please do donate generously if you can.
We expect that there will be several crops over the course of the summer.
To find this sunflower field, in Salisbury, turn right on Oddie Road from Stokes Ferry Road. Immediately after turning right on Oddie Road, look to your right and you’ll see a gate. Turn in here.
Then, just follow the signs, and the road will bring you to the sunflower field.
You’re welcome to enjoy a picnic at the picnic table, or take pictures with the antique farm equipment.
You CAN cut a couple flowers to take home. In fact, when we were there, there was a table with clippers to use, and even some vases. If you make your own bouquet, definitely leave a donation in the box. Please note that we are just sharing what we saw when we visited. When you visit there may not be vases or clippers, and Oddie’s Farm might not be allowing you to cut your own sunflowers anymore.
Wise Acres, at 4701 Hartis Road, in Indian Trail, is known for its strawberry fields and farm activities for kids. Their sunflower fields will be open through around July 20th. The cost varies depending on the day of the week, and whether you want pizza. On Tuesdays it will be free to visit. Reservations are always required. Tickets most days include the use of the sunflower field for photos, one U-cut stem per person, a wooded scavenger hunt, playground access, and a visit with the animals.
Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm
Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm, 906 Dallas Stanley Hwy, Dallas, is another place that has planted sunflower fields in past years. We’ll update when learn about their 2021 plans.
Kersey Valley Attractions
Kersey Valley Attractions, 1615 Kersey Valley Road, Archdale, plants over 350,000 sunflowers. General admission is $19.99, and that includes one stem to take home. The fields are in bloom from mid-August to mid-September. Archdale is a little more than an hour northeast of Charlotte. Reservations are available now, starting August 14th.
Pockets of Poppies
Pockets of Poppies is a flower farm at 6515 Love Mill Road, Monroe, grows a variety of flowers, including sunflowers. You can go out there and take pictures and cut flowers to take home. There’s no charge to visit, just for what you cut. Make sure to check their website and Facebook page for operating hours. Right now they’re open for picking on Saturdays. In October there will be a full field of sunflowers.
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! They hold U-cut days every day of sunflower season. The cost is $8 to go into the fields and $1 a stem. The fields are in bloom now (early July.) Look for updates on their Facebook page.
In 2019, 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. We will update when we learn about their 2021 plans.
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. They have a sunflowers, dahlias, and many other summer flowers. They operate by appointment only.
Draper Wildlife Management Area Sunflower Field
Sunflowers are planted every year at Draper Wildlife Management Area, 1080 Draper Road, McConnells, South Carolina. The flowers should be blooming by July 4th, and will be really nice the following weekend.
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.
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.
Waxhaw/Weddington Sunflower Fields
In previous 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 did not plant sunflowers in 2020. We don’t know the farmer’s plans for 2021.Here’s a good article about the Waxhaw Sunflower Fields.
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.