In “You’ve Got Mail”, Meg Ryan’s character extolled the benefits of daisies – the cheeriest flower. No disrespect to Meg, but sunflowers may just have daisies beat.
Burnside Farms is a staple in Virginia – pumpkins and markets in the fall, tulips in the spring, and sunflowers in the summer. You just haven’t summered properly if you haven’t done it here 😉
The sunflower fields experience
It’s wonderful how painless they make this experience:
- Walk up to the ad hoc front desk, purchase tickets via a Square terminal.
- Hand over your keys or ID so you can borrow a sunflower umbrella and some snippers for your harvest.
- Choose a basket for your pickings, and off you go!
It’s worth noting that there are a few different parts of the farm to explore. We were drawn to the same place everyone is, at first: the rows upon rows of 10+ foot tall sunflowers reserved exclusively for photos. They’re honestly staggering.
After those rows, you’ll find the other thing you came for: sunflowers you can pick. There are several different varieties in several different colors, so go to town. But keep in mind that they’re $1/stem and you need to purchase what you pick.
Finally, there are gladiolas and other small, colorful flowers that can do wonders to augment your sunflower bouquet.
Boyfriend Perspective: Pro Tip – Okay, gents, this gonna be more for your ladies than for you. So, I suggest you negotiate to get beer for you after this or resign to being a grumpy “boyfriend of Instagram.” Thankfully, there are plenty of props to help you out. But, I mean, hot summer day and an IPA sounds nice, right? She gets her pretty stuff and you get the tasty stuff. WIN-WIN.
Sunflower photo ops
The farm provides pretty much everything you need for some fantastic photos:
- white benches in the midst of 10 foot-tall sunflower stalks
- small chalkboards, white chalk, and erasers
- yellow flower umbrellas
- baskets for days
- an amazing backdrop
Bring your camera (or phone), a tripod, and a sense of patience and fun. You’ll be jockeying for shots with other folks, so just take your time and use your free moments to pick more flowers and come up with new concepts.
What’s your favorite way to round out the summer? Are there any flower fields like this near you?