The same way that a basket of strawberries you filled by hand in the patch seems to taste sweeter, a bouquet you snipped from a field in bloom is just prettier. Skip the overpriced flower shop and the wilting, sad options at the grocery store, and make plans to trek out to a farm for a vase-worthy arrangement:
Mid-May through mid-October, Wednesday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday
This Purcellville farm is currently busy weeding, planting, and prepping for the upcoming season; they plan to open in mid-May with the exact date TBD, so check the website for the most up-to-date information. When they do open, visitors are invited to pick peonies and other varieties, with blooms priced at $10 for a small bouquet and $20 for a large bouquet cup. Clippers, containers, and water are available to use, and payment is on the honor system; leave your cash or check in the jar on the counter. // 37879 Allder School Rd., Purcellville
June 4 through July 8, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.
Be transported to the South of France via fields of fragrant pick-your-own purple flowers at this small family-owned farm in Catlett. Tickets cost $5 for guests aged 16 and up, $3 for ages 4-15, and kids under 4 are free. Lavender costs 15 cents a stem, and can be dried and used in sachets, herb mixtures, flavored sugar, and cocktail syrups. The farm is also offering yoga and meditation in the lavender fields, and new this year is a farm stay in a spacious tent that holds up to six people and includes PYO admission. // 8769 Old Dumfries Rd., Catlett
Dates and Times TBD
Tickets are already sold out for the Festival of Spring–Holland in Virginia, where tulips in all colors dot the fields. But the Summer of Sunflowers runs mid-July through Labor Day, when you’ll find more than 30 varieties of cutting sunflowers on eight acres in successive crops, ensuring at least six weeks of blooming flowers priced at $1.50 per stem. The farm also has one of the country’s only sunflower mazes, which blooms for around two weeks and is a vibrant, photo-worthy spot to get lost for an hour or so. // 11008 Kettle Run Rd., Nokesville
Dates and Times TBD
In addition to grass-fed Angus beef and seasonal pick-your-own produce, this fourth-generation family farm in Delaplane offers flower-picking starting in mid-July. Check the website or sign up for their newsletter to keep up-to-date on when they’ll be ready for your shears. // 1524 Snowden Rd., Delaplane
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