What could be more glorious for an end to summer than some time spent picking — or even just admiring — sunflowers? The DC area has plenty of locations for seeing sunflowers from late summer to early autumn, in fields planted on public lands (no cutting allowed!), at pick-your-own farms and at all-out festivals of the giant golden blooms.
Heading out to buy or see sunflowers in the DC area? Be sure to pack:
- bug spray
- a hat
- long clothing (to protect against bugs and sun)
- a container for carrying your flowers home
- scissors or clippers (some farms don’t provide them)
- snacks or a picnic
As with all pick-your-own produce or flower sites, please be sure to call or check the web ahead of time to confirm times, prices and availability, as well as any site-specific rules or COVID-related guidelines.
p.s. Have a favorite sunflower locale that’s not listed below? Drop us a note!
Where to Find Sunflowers in the DC area
🌻 = sunflowers to pick
🚫 = no cutting — only looking!
💲 = admission Fees
🎟️ = advanced tickets or reservations required
Butler’s Orchard 🌻💲
22222 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, MD 20876
Sunflower Spectacular runs Aug. 6-15. Check the website for other pick-your-own produce availability.
Clarksville Sunflower Festival 🌻💲 🎟️
4979 Sheppard Lane Ellicott City, MD 21042
Weekends in August at Mary’s Land Farm. Entry is timed and tickets are limited; purchase online to guarantee admission.
Godfrey’s Farm 🌻
302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668 (a bit farther afield)
Check in at the market (during regular market hours) before picking.
Goldpetal Farms 🌻💲
37260 Manor Rd, Chaptico, MD 20621
Sunflower mazes and pick-your-own flowers. Admission paid on site; no reservations needed. The 2021 season is dedicated to the painter Bob Ross.
Homestead Farm 🌻💲
15604 Sugarland Road, Poolesville, MD 20837
Call or check ahead for sunflower availability.
McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area 🚫
See map on website for details — Poolesville, MD
Sunflowers are planted at this wildlife area as a food source for mourning doves and other songbirds. Visitors are welcome to admire and photograph the flowers, but removing or destroying the plants is prohibited.
Summers Farm 🌻💲🎟️
5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, MD 21703
Festival starts Aug. 21. Admission includes a wagon ride to the sunflower field and one sunflower bloom to take home. (More blooms can be purchased.)
Sunflowers of Lisbon 🌻💲
11788 Route 216, Fulton, MD 20759
Sunflower festival at Maple Lawn runs through Sept. 6. Tickets can be purchased online or with cash on site.
Valley View Acres 🌻💲
4005 Valley View Road, Middletown, MD 21769
Sunflower Festival is weekends July 24-Aug. 22. Admission paid on site — cash only.
Auburn Farm Sunflower Patch 🌻💲
17736 Auburn Road, Brandy Station, VA
Coming in September.
Braehead Farm 🌻
1130 Tyler Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Pick-your-own farm offers produce and flowers, with no entry fees or reservations required (except for special events). Call ahead for sunflower availability.
Burnside Farms 🌻💲
11008 Kettle Run Rd., Nokesville, VA 20181
Save a few dollars by purchasing tickets online. Sunset visits available.
Every Soul Acres 🌻
2411 Flook Lane, Keezletown, VA 22832
Coming in September. Call or check ahead to confirm availability and pricing.
Fresh Branch Farm 🌻💲
13801 N Ivey Mill Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23838
Check the Facebook page for dates and times.
Great Country Farms 🌻💲
34345 Snickersville Turnpike, Bluemont, VA 20135
Pick-your-own farm offers sunflowers, peaches and more. Check the website for sunflower availability.
Liberty Mills Farm 🌻💲
9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset, VA 22972 (a bit further afield)
Sunflower Festival will take place Aug. 28-29 and Sept. 4-6. Golden Hour tickets (for Saturday evenings) must be purchased in advance.
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