Sunflower fields in Hamilton and Halton of any size are majestic to witness. Take the family to one of these farms to see the sunflower fields before summer is over.
The end of summer brings about the most beautiful flowers and sunflowers are no exception. These flowers are unique in that they have the ability to provide energy in the form of nourishment and vibrancy—attributes which mirror the sun and the energy provided by its heat and light. Sunflowers are known for being “happy” flowers, making them the perfect gift to bring joy to someone’s day. At night, in the sun’s absence, the sunflowers face east again, anticipating the sun’s return. They do this until they get old when they stop moving. Then, always facing east, the old flowers await visits from insects that will spread their pollen and make new sunflowers. Those flowers too, will follow the sun.
Sunflower Fields Near Halton and Hamilton
The Apple Orchard
1668 HWY 6 North, Hamilton ON. theappleorchard.ca
The Apple Orchard has 2 sunflower fields and they’re in bloom! Bring your camera, but expect to stay for more than the gorgeous flowers, because The Apple Orchard has all of your favourite farm activities including wagon rides, corn maze, walking trails, hay barn, miniature ponies, 1940s tractors and more! Stop by their store on your way out for fresh corn, maple syrup, honey, apple cider, Russian garlic, sunflowers and even freshly picked acorn squash. Masks are required on the wagon ride, and they’re also recommended on the grounds. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am till 5 pm. Admission is $6.20 for adults 18+, $576 for seniors, $5.53 for kids 2-17, and kids under 2 are free. Prices don’t include HST.
Andrews Scenic Acres
9365 #10 Side Road, Milton ON. andrewsscenicacres.com
Andrews Scenic Acres’ “Sunflower Kingdom” is 8 acres of stunning sunflower fields for you to enjoy. They offer pick-your-own sunflowers (and dahlias!) for $2 a stem, and if you pick it, you buy it! Come for the sunflowers, and stay for the 165 acres of breathtaking escarpment views and farmland. The farm offers walking trails, wagon rides, playground, animal corral, straw mountain climb, miniature straw maze, corn walk and great photo opportunities year-round. They’re open from 10 am till 5 pm daily. Admission is $6 per person on weekdays, $12 per person on weekends and holidays. Families with 3+ kids get 1 free admission. Seniors save 50% on admission. Kids under 3 and personal support workers are free. Admission grants you full access to the farm. Visit the Farm Store and Winery at no charge.
Not Opening for the 2020 Season: Bogel Seeds, Campbell’s Cross Farm.
Cool Sunflower Field Facts for Your Kids
- The stem of a sunflower can grow up to 3 m (10 ft) tall and the flower head can be 30 cm (11.8 in) wide.
- Sunflowers are very fast-growing plants, in the right conditions they can grow 8-12 feet (2.4 m – 3.7 m) tall in six months.
- As of 2012, the Guinness World Record for the tallest sunflower is 8.23 m (27 ft) for a sunflower grown in Germany.
- Famous Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh did a series of paintings featuring and called Sunflowers.
- Did you know that sunflowers can be used to extract toxin such as lead, arsenic and uranium from contaminated soil? For example, sunflowers were used to remove toxins from a pond after the Chernobyl disaster and similar projects took place after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
- The sunflower is native to the America’s and was used extensively by Native American Indians for food, as oil, in bread, medical ointments, dyes and body paints.
- Kansas is often known as the Sunflower state and their state flower is the sunflower, and the sunflower is also the national flower of Ukraine.
References: proflower.com and NYTimes
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