If flowers do wonders for brightening up a room, imagine what they can do for your mood when you’re surrounded by hundreds of them. As cliché as the childhood fantasy may be, there is just something so utterly joyful about prancing through a field of flowers, picking a fresh bouquet, or simply admiring a live bunch up close. Hit the road now to catch sunflowers at their peak or plan a drive to see peonies, tulips, and lavender in the coming seasons. You may just be surprised to find there is a field of dreams waiting right in your backyard.
Frederick Farms, Clifton Springs, NY: People may think you’re photoshopping your Insta story when you post pics from this Finger Lakes farm where the sunflowers tower high above your head. While you’re here, ask about their fresh sunflower seeds and oil. When to go: August through September. (We can attest that the flowers look incredible now!) (Photo via Stephanie Granada)
Pelindaba Lavender Farm, San Juan Islands, WA: Not only is this San Juan Islands spot the largest lavender farm in the country, but it also has clear views of Olympic Mountain and a range of certified-organic body lotions, chocolates, and soaps made on-site and shipped nationwide. When to go: April to October. (Photo via Pelindaba Lavender Farm)
Sunny Meadows Flower Farm, Columbus, OH: The young, first-generation farmers running this Ohio urban garden grow a variety of blooms year-round to supply petal lovers with locally grown bouquets. At the self-serve stand, you can find pre-picked bunches for sale on an honor system. When to go: All year; Thursday to Sunday. (Photo via Sunny Meadows Flower Farm)
Purple Adobe Farm, Albiquiu, NM: Meant as a space for healing, Purple Adobe opened in 2004, taking advantage of Abiquiu, New Mexico’s high elevation, continual sunshine, and rich soil to produce super-fragrant lavender. In the tea house, you can experience how the plant translates to food in snacks like scones and gelato. When to go: July — prime picking month. (Photo via New Mexico Tourism Department)
The Flower Fields, Carlsbad, CA: As the most picturesque flower farm around Carlsbad, California, Flower Fields is known for its rows of ranunculus that run the gamut of colors and spread across 50 acres near the coast. When to go: March to April. (Photo via Visit Carlsbad)
Scenic Place Peonies, Homer, AK: Alaska is worth the trek for many reasons — one of which is the thriving peony trade that’s been lauded in the state over the last few years. At Scenic Place, you can spend the night in a charming bed and breakfast and get a tour of the property from the farmer herself. When to go: July to September. (Photo via Scenic Place Peonies)
Rose Story Farm, Carpinteria, CA: As one of the last rose farms in the country, the family-run operation is home to more than 25,000 bushes and is a top-choice for wedding florists looking for the iconic symbol of romance. When to go: April to October. (Photo via Rose Story Farm)
Texas Tulips, Pilot Point, TX: While most tulips in the US are grown in the Northwest, the Koeman family, natives of Holland, made magic happen in Texas Horse Country, creating the first tulip farm in the state. Choose from more than 90 varieties of tulips to take home for $2.50 per stem. When to go: Late February to April. (Photo via Texas-Tulips)
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