The sunflower is the state flower for Kansas. They’re beautiful to look at and make a great backdrop for photos.
There are sunflower fields in Kansas that are both private and public. If you’re approaching a field, remember this and be respectful before you trod in and start taking pictures or picking sunflowers. That said, many farmers understand the attraction of these yellow beauties and have small donation boxes set up so you can leave a bit of money that enables them to plant more for the following year.
When Do Sunflowers Bloom in Kansas?
Based on what we’ve seen in past years, Kansas sunflowers seem to bloom in August and September. We’ve rounded up a list of sunflower fields near Kansas City you can enjoy. Obviously, these fields are weather dependent so check back and we’ll add updates as we get any new information.
If you’re in the mood for an old-fashioned road trip, we encourage you to check out this post about sunflower fields near Wichita. Most are around three hours away from the metro but seem worth the miles.
Sunflower Fields Near Kansas City
24154 Stillwell Road
Grinter Farms in Lawrence, Kansas is probably the most popular and well-known sunflower field near Kansas City. It’s hard not to be delighted by the numerous blooms as photos start to pop up on social media. Some people even schedule professional sittings here.
Grinter Farms sunflower fields are a free attraction. This is an actual working farm on private property so visitors are reminded to be respectful of signs of where not to park and drive slowly as crowds can get a bit intense on weekends. Also be mindful of rain as there is a chance of getting stuck if the rainfall has been heavy enough. Weekday visits are recommended if you can swing it.
There are two donation tubes where you can leave money as a thank you for the fields or if you would like to take a flower or two home. Suggested donation is $1 per flower.
Sunflower General is a local goods and bake shop located about a quarter mile west of the sunflower fields. They are well known for their peanut butter-filled chocolate chip cookies. They also sell coffee (good for cool mornings), soaps, t-shirts, jellies, honey and more. The store will open for the season beginning Aug. 31 with daily hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be a good truck available.
Unfortunately, the weather in 2019 has not been as kind to the fields as previous years. They posted an update on their Facebook page letting everyone know the fields are not going to produce at the same levels as past years. They do have a small patch behind Sunflower General that is on track for Labor Day blooming and they’re hopeful some of the other fields will produce in October.
Berry Hill UPick Farm Sunflowers
5950 Southeast Croco Road
Berry Hill UPick Farm is a new public sunflower farm south of Topeka. They also offer u-pick strawberries when those are in season. Peak time for sunflowers is expected to be late August and early September, but they’ve planted seeds at varying times in hopes of extending the blooms over a longer period.
There’s no charge to visit the fields, but they do have donation boxes out if you’d care to support the fields. Suggested donation is $1 for each sunflower you take with you. Professional photographers can do sittings here and are encouraged to donate for that opportunity. The best time for photos is a couple of hours after sunrise and a couple of hours before sunset.
Sunflower sightseers are asked to be respectful, especially of neighboring property, when parking. Use caution when parking as the area can become muddy after heavy rains.
If you can’t get photos done at Berry Hill with sunflowers, they also have a five-acre wheat field available for photography in early summer. You’ll need to make advanced arrangements for any photo shoots there.
Russell Sunflower Patch
18220 Hwy. B
Russell Sunflower Patch is about 1.5 hours from Kansas City, MO proper. The fields are open for viewing and photos from sunrise to sunset. According to their Facebook page, they expect to have full blooms through Aug. 24, 2019.
Gieringer’s Sunflower Fest
Aug. 9-11 and 16-18, 2019
Gieringer’s Family Orchard and Berry Farm
39345 W. 183rd, Edgerton, KS
Gieringer’s is opening its sunflower fields up as part of a first-ever Sunflower Fest. This is a two-weekend event featuring food, kids’ activities, relaxation and, of course, sunflowers. Online purchases will save you a few dollars on admission and includes a bloom to take home.
KC Sunflower & Peach Fest
Aug. 17-18 and 24-25, 2019
KC Pumpkin Patch and Wine Co.
13875 S. Gardner Road
Have some outdoor fun as summer transitions to fall during this kid-friendly event held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Tickets are $15 (free for kids under 24 months) and include sunflower field photo opportunities, free glass of red wine or soda, peach samples, pie and cobbler tastings, yard games, music and more. Food will be available for purchase.
Buy tickets here. Use the code “OLATHESUNFLOWERS” to save $2 per ticket.
Other Sunflower Fun in Kansas
Not everyone has a field to offer up for photos, but here are some sunflower-themed events we’ve come across.
Sunflower Stroll Street Dance and Cruise Night
Aug. 31, 2019
Cruise – 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Live music performed by local bands Snake from 5 to 7 p.m. and Bonfire Blues 7 to 9 p.m.
Tonganoxie Plein Air Art Fest
Aug. 28-31, 2019
528 E. 4th Street
Plein air artists will paint Tonganoxie Labor Day Weekend. In addition to the competition, enjoy art booths, street performers, food trucks and a street dance.
Mission Sunflower Festival
Oct. 12, 2019
From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. there’s a lineup of fun for the whole family including a pancake breakfast, parade, carshow and more. Admission is free.
Be in the know about other fall festivals in and around Kansas City by reading out post Kansas City Fall Festivals 2019.