Travel Tuesday: Maryland’s Blooming Sunflower Fields
There are few things that scream summer more than sunflowers. With their bright yellow petals and cheery demeanor, these popular plants are the picture-perfect backdrop for picnics, photo shoots, and afternoon getaways alike.
There are several flower fields throughout Maryland, giving residents and travelers plenty of places to see these beautiful sun-kissed blooms this summer.
Shawan Road, Cockeysville
With nearly 150 acres on its farm, the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC) is the go-to for sunflower sightseeing in Baltimore County. Bring some cash and you can leave with a dozen flowers for only $10—not to mention the memories you will make throughout the day. MARC suggests bringing comfortable, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, and a carrying container, and predicts full-bloom between August and late September.
Photo courtesy of The Sunflower Garden
Manchester Road, Westminster
With 20 years of experience in selling sunflowers, The Sunflower Garden is known as a summertime staple in Carroll County. It may not be the largest sunflower field in the region, but its rich history and polished customer service help make this location a prime photo destination. Hit up this “quaint little farm” in Westminster for spectacular sights in late August.
Photo courtesy of Clear Meadow Farm
Jarrettsville Pike, Jarrettsville and Monkton
While you can’t pick your own flowers at Clear Meadow Farm, you can set up the perfect family photo shoot at this picturesque location. The farm has two sunflower locations – one in Baltimore County and one in Harford County – that vary based on even/odd years. Blooms are expected in September, and plants are harvested for their seeds at the end of the season. Please be sure to look up parking information beforehand and avoid stopping traffic on Jarrettsville Pike!
Photo courtesy of Goldpetal Farms
Manor Road, Chaptico
Take a different approach to sunflower sightseeing and enter Southern Maryland’s best sunflower adventure in St. Mary’s County. Goldpetal Farms provides two unique mazes throughout June and July for the entire family. Tap into your competitive side and challenge your family members—who can complete the maze first?
Bonus picks: Craving ice cream with your adventure? Check out Washington County’s Misty Meadow Farm Creamery and Frederick County’s Rocky Point Creamery, which both have sunflower fields attached to their properties.