Get ready for Raleigh’s best photo op. The sunflowers are starting to bloom at Dorothea Dix Park!
Last year was the first year for the sunflower fields to be in Dix Park. In past years, they were at Neuse River Greenway Trail.
You’ll find them off Hunt Drive, near the soccer fields and the historic cemetery.
Peak bloom is predicted to be July 13th to July 24th, 2019. Depending on weather they might be around for another week.
Some things to do before you visit:
- Please stay on the paths in the field and keep children and pets from straying into the sunflowers.
- The sunflower field is open to the public seven days-a-week, from dawn until dusk.
- Weekday parking is available in the soccer field parking area off Hunt Drive. Please follow the signs and see map below.
- Over 2,000 NC Department of Health and Human Services employees work on the Dix Park campus each day. Please be respectful of their working environment and avoid all buildings and DHHS parking areas during business hours.
- You can walk or bike to the park. Dix Park is located on the Rocky Branch Greenway.
- Walking up hills, in grass and on uneven surfaces will be necessary. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.
- Please do not pick the flowers or eat the sunflower seeds. Public Utilities will be harvesting them for use after they have bloomed.
- Remember you are outside, so are bugs and other critters. Be prepared!
- Please keep your pup (or kitty) on-leash and pick up after them.
- There are only port-a-johns in the park and no drinkable water, so please plan accordingly.
- Professional photographers are welcome to have sessions at the sunflower field, however, all commercial film or photography taking place in a City of Raleigh Park requires a permit. This one year permit covers all City of Raleigh Parks. To apply for the permit, please contact Kathryn Gebhardt with the Parks Department at 919-996-4510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy some pictures from last year’s sunflower fields, including this beautiful picture that a Raleigh mom gave us permission to use. (The rest of these pictures are copyrighted by Triangle on the Cheap.)
The sunflowers are more than a great photo op. The sunflowers at Dix Park will also be harvested and used to contribute to the City’s biodiesel supply.
Parking: From Western Boulevard, turn onto Hunt Drive and enter Dorothea Dix Park. At the stop sign, turn right onto Umstead Drive. Follow the signs to parking. The event will be held in Flowers Field. Please note that there are no permanent restroom facilities, just port-a-johns.