The Sunflower Field at Maize Valley

Come Enjoy Our Sunflower Patch

August 24, 2021 UPDATE – due to the extreme heat forcast for today and the rest of the week, the Sunflower fields will be closed until Saturday, August 28, 2021.  This is for the health and safety of our staff and our guests.

Saturday, August 28 is the second day of our Sunflower Festival – the Sunflower field will be open from 10 – 4 on that day.  Then the field will be closed for the season.  YES, there are still plenty of blooms – see you Saturday!!

  • Dates: Summer 2021 – Starting July 19th, weather permitting
  • Sunflower field hours: 12-3:00 & 5-8:00pm
  • Admission: $5.00 per person
  • Purchasing Sunflowers: Single stem is $3, 4 stems for $10, or a take home bucket filled for $20
  • Photographers: Professional photographers are also welcome during regular business hours.  Each person must pay the admission fee.  Please limit any “props” to what you can carry.  No Pets.

 

The idea that sunflowers always track the sun is a little bit of an exaggeration. It’s only the young the flower heads that track the sun before they fully bloom. Once the sunflower reaches maturity it then fixes into a single position and faces east permanently rather than following the sun across the sky.

Native Americans grew and selected sunflower varieties for flour, food, and oil. The Spanish brought this new-world plant to Europe in the 1500s and by the 1700s and 1800s the Russians were growing them in large quantities. It eventually made its way back to North America in the form of Russian varieties that we still grow today, such as ‘Mammoth Russian’. Canadian and American farmers now grow sunflowers primarily for oil production, but plant hybridizers also started creating attractive varieties for the garden as well.

Butterflies, beneficial insects, hummingbirds and birds flock to sunflower heads for food, pollen and nectar. Mexican sunflowers are particularly good at attracting Monarch butterflies as they migrate through the country. Butterflies and insects enjoy the flower pollen and nectar while birds feast on