Come July, everyone likes to ask the question- where is there a sunflower farm near me? And who could blame you. Finding a spot to pick your own sunflowers puts a bit of sparkly in any ole summer day.
If you live in Washington, DC, you know how fun it is to see all of the flowers around the city as spring turns to summer. You just aren’t allowed to pick all of those flowers you see in the city gardens.
But when you pick your own sunflowers to take home, it brings the farm back into your city dwelling.
So, let’s get out there and find a field to frolick in, sunflowers to pick and maybe even enjoy a game of corn hole while at the farm.
Where to find Sunflower Fields In Virginia
While Maryland sunflower farms may be famous on Instagram, Virginia has its own sunflower fields for you to explore, whether you are looking for just a day trip or an excuse to get out of town for the weekend.
What to wear to a sunflower field?
When it comes to brilliantly colors flowers, you don’t want to compete with nature’s natural canvas. Where a cute white dress or top to pop out amongst the colors, or even go for a red or bright purple to add a little dimension to the sea of yellow and green you plan to walk through.
Burnside Farms – Summer of Sunflowers
- Address: 11008 Kettle Run Road, Nokesville, VA 20181
- Distance from Washington D.C.: 40 miles / 1 hour 15 minutes
- Best Time To Visit: Middle of July – Labor Day
- Cost: $12/adults (13+), $8/children (ages 3 – 12)
With over 30 varieties of sunflowers across eight acres, the sunflower fields at Burnside Farms are rays of sunshine throughout the hot summer months.
Better known for their tulips, Burnside is a full-season spring and summer pick-your-own flower destination. An adult admission allows you to pick three sunflowers to take home. You can purchase additional flowers for $1.50 each.
Before cutting those sunflowers, explore the only sunflower MAZE in the United States; and allow time for the kids to play on the jump pad, at the buddle station and play area.
There is a great picnic area to relax, cool down and enjoy lunch before heading to the field for pictures and harvesting.
To add to your sunflower bouquet, stop by the other Burnside flower gardens to pick some zinnias or cosmos for 50ȼ or liatris and gladiolus for $1 a stem. They will complement your sunflowers to create a festive bouquet.
The farm permits leashed dogs throughout the summer.
Cullipher Farm Market
- Address: 1444 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
- Distance from Washington D.C.: 215 miles / 3 hours 30 minutes
- Best Time To Visit: Mid-Late October
Cullipher Farm not only has a variety of fruits and vegetables to pick throughout the year, but they also have flowers to brighten your table.
The sunflower fields are the perfect place to get that fall Instagram photo, a bouquet of sunflowers and a few pumpkins to decorate your home.
Please keep in mind that pets are not allowed at the farm. They should be left in your Virginia Beach Airbnb or hotel room.
Fields of Flowers
- Address: 37879 Allder School Rd, Purcellville, VA 20132
- Distance from Washington D.C.: 50 miles / 1 hour
- Open: mid-May and close after the first hard frost of the fall, usually in late October
- Hours: 9:00 AM -6:00 PM
Come find your perfect flower bunch when you combine homegrown Virginia sunflowers with a summer filled with other flowers, including snapdragons, peonies (our favorite!), chillea (Yarrow), Ageratum, Asters, Celosia, Cosmos, Dahlias, Digitalis, Echinacea, Gomphrena, Helianthus, Heliopsis, Hydrangea, Lavender, Lupine, Monarda, Phlox, Rudbeckia, Strawflowers, Veronica, Zinnias and Marigolds.
Guests are welcome to use the onsite clippers, containers and water. Flowers are sold by the bucket size, and based on the honor system. Pay in cash or check at the jar on the table.
- Address: 1584 Snowden Rd, Delaplane, VA 20144
- Distance from Washington D.C.: 61 miles/ about 1 hour
- Open: July thru late September
Check the website to see what else is in season before you go. For those looking for some autumn fun, the farm has a pumpkin patch, apples, and even dig-your-own peanuts and potatoes.
Auburn Farm Sunflower Patch
- Address: 17736 Auburn Rd, Brandy Station, VA 22714
- Distance from Washington D.C.: 67 miles/ 1 hour and 15 minutes
- Open: weekends in August (Friday to Sunday)
- Hours: 10am-6pm (sometimes extended hours until 8pm)
Not just a spot to pick up a few sunflowers, Auburn Farm Sunflower Patch has food trucks on the weekend so you can get a taste of Virginia while you wander the blooms. Just don’t forget to save room for fresh ice cream too!
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Beaver Dam Sunflowers
- Address: 170 Wheatland Rd, Buchanan, VA 24066
- Distance from Washington D.C.: 218 miles/ 3 hours and 30 minutes
- Open: summers
Once a dairy farm, the family now runs cattle beef, along with 20 acres of black oil sunflower fields.
During the Beaver Dam Farm Sunflower Festival, the public is welcome to walk the fields. Visitors can also enjoyed hayrides, pet the farm animals, load up on local craft and grab a bite from one of the food vendors. There is also a photo booths and live music.
Photographers should contact the farm about after-hour photo session times that are available.
Every Soul Acres
- Address: 2411 Flook Ln, Keezletown, VA 22832
- Distance from Washington D.C.: 128 miles/ 2 hours
- Open: mid-September through end of bloom (call in October to check availability)
- Hours: Friday-Saturday: 10AM-Dark, Sunday: Noon-Dark
Formerly known as the Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm, the public is welcome to the farm to pick a variety of sunflowers each season.
Brides love to pick their own bouquet and photographers are welcome to pop in with clients to take photos with a sunflower backdrop.
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- Address: 1130 Tyler St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
- Distance from Washington D.C.: 56 miles/ 1 hour
- Open: October and November
- Hours: Open DAILY, 9AM TO 6PM Spring through Fall
Spend a morning or afternoon at Braehead Farm, where the kids can play at the Family Playground and city kids will get a kick out of the free-range chickens.
There is never an admission fee to the farm; you just pay for what you pick.
Dogs are not allowed in the U-pick areas of the farm or in the market.
Fresh Branch Farm
- Address: 13801 N Ivey Mill Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23838
- Distance from Washington D.C.: 128 miles/ about 2 hours
- Open: August
- Hours: 2pm to 8pm
Head into the sunflower fields of Chesterfield, VA for the perfect bouquet and sunflower farm photos. The farm also offers fresh fruits and vegetables, free-range eggs, and grass-fed beef for purchase, so you don’t even have to think about what to pick up for dinner.
Liberty Mills Farm
- Address: 9166 Liberty Mills Rd, Somerset, VA 22972
- Distance from Washington D.C.: 95 miles/ 1 hour and 45 minutes
- Hours: June through November
Pop into the farm for the annual Sunflower Festival at Liberty Mills Farm. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, there are plenty of opportunities to create a gorgeous bouquet including not just sunflowers, but zinnias too!
Make a mason jar bouquet or fill up a pick-your-own flower bouquet bucket. Clippers are provided on site.
If you are hungry, grab a root beer float or cup of homemade vanilla, strawberry or chocolate mint ice cream.
And make sure you plan a trip back once Virginia’s largest corn maze opens up before Halloween!