Last weekend we ventured out to The Sunflower Garden in Westminster, MD. It’s a sweet little spot for photos, pick-your-own flowers, or just enjoying the day outdoors. We had a wonderful time!

The Sunflower Garden Carroll Co Maryland

I had heard about this place toward the end of the summer last year and have been waiting (im)patiently to visit. Last year we went out to see the sunflowers in Harford County. It was a huge, gorgeous field, but the kids were sad that they couldn’t actually pick any of the flowers.

Pick Your Own Flowers Westminster MD

The Sunflower Garden is perfect for families, though. The flowers are, of course, exciting, but the kids loved feeding the chickens. R(3) is still talking about how she needs to go back so she can feed those chickens!

Feeding Chickens at the Sunflower Garden

The owner was so welcoming too. I definitely felt glad to support him. He brought out his net to catch butterflies and showed Z(5) how to hold them.

A Closer Look at Butterflies at the Sunflower Garden

They also have a collection of wagons that make functional yet adorable photo ops.

Sunflower Baby

We spotted lots of neat places to take pictures like a tractor or old-fashioned school desk. I’m sure many local photographers do sessions there.

Family-friendly Sunflower Garden

The Sunflower Garden’s shady areas along with the rolling hills of Carroll County made the summer afternoon pleasant.

The Sunflower Garden Westminster MD

I can’t believe this is 30 minutes from my house! It’s a world apart from Baltimore’s hubbub. But after growing up on the pancake-flat Gulf of Mexico coast, I think I’ll always be impressed by elevation (above sea level).

Carroll County Maryland

Baby Girl M enjoyed the garden too. She toddled around on the soft grass. I have noticed that she absolutely loves being outside. I don’t know if that’s typical because I don’t think I made much of an effort to be outdoors in nature when Z and R were that age. I’m trying to be more outdoorsy, people.Sunflower Hearts

We brought home a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and we have been watching them blossom and produce seeds and pollen. So many opportunities for learning.

Flowers we picked

I’d definitely recommend coming out to the Sunflower Garden. They said they should have even more blossoms into early September. They post updates on Facebook if you are interested in heading over. We plan to go back for more flowers, fresh veggies and free herbs. Also for the hungry, hungry chickens.

And speaking of learning, does anybody know the names of all these flowers? The purples and magentas are vividly gorgeous!

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