Sunflower Update

2022 Green Barn Sunflower Field Days

Visitors: Remember to send 2022 photos to sunflowers@greenbarngardencenter.com to be added to our 2022 Facebook album. Include name for photo credit and/or any caption. If you are a professional, we have a separate album. Please include business links and photo credit information. 

Thursday, August 18th. The third crop is opening quickly and looking nice with fresh color. The third crop lost petals in the rain, but still has some color. We will move more props today to the third crop. The piano, stairs, and a tractor are currently moved to the third crop. Watch for possible rain today-there may be a shower late morning and later evening. 

Note: There will not be food trucks Friday, August 19th. Tentative plans for the upcoming weekend: Saturday, August 20th: Live Music with Scott Snider 12-2 and 4-6pm. Parrilla's, GI Joe's, & Santana's Sugar Shack. Sunday, August 21st: Live music with Scott Snider 11:30-1:30. Amish Annie's, Gray Duck Concessions, Parrillas, Santanta's Sugar Shack, and GI Joe's. We will update here with any changes throughout the week.

Dates & Hours

Now open 8am-8pm August 4-31st. Check daily updates for any changes due to weather or the crop status.

We have 5 crops planted (next to each other) so blooming should continue throughout August. Each crop blooms about a week-10 days. We will move props to the blooming field as needed. Note that the first crop is in the back of the field and the final crop will be along the front (nearest to parking). Although we hope to have great bloom throughout the month, we will update with the daily bloom status here, Facebook, and our homepage along with any special events for the day.

Field hours are 8am-8pm. Last entry to the field is 8pm. You can stay in the field until dusk. The entrance will be blocked off at 8pm. Note that Garden Center hours will differ from the field hours. Google listings and directions refer to the garden center, not the sunflower field.

Weather: 

We will close if there is severe weather such as tornado sirens or lightning close by. We may close if rain causes flooding, but will otherwise stay open during light rain.  We will post updates on our Facebook page and website homepage of changes as they occur. Check the forecast before your visit if traveling far! Umbrellas are available for use and purchase, and there is a tent in the field.

About:

The sunflower field attracts visitors to take photos, stroll through the field, and enjoy! We have several crops planted with a circle trail through the field along with rows to walk between each crop. Props are set up to take photos with. Props include 4 stairways to view the crop, painted bicycles, Yellow "Sunflower Harvester" tractor, buggy, wagon for viewing and group photos, painted piano, Fire truck, memorial bench, sunflower bench, old truck, and about 4-5 other tractors. Check our schedule for special events and food trucks (we will post on the top of this page). We have music periodically, and we may have visits from the Minnesota Kite Society again (based on weather).

Accessibility: 

The trails become more compacted as time progresses. The sandy soil is generally not muddy after a rain, but there can be puddles after heavy rain. If there is a dry stretch of weather, the trails may be a bit dustier. Bring appropriate footwear! After some time passes, the trails can usually be navigated with strollers and wheelchairs, but it is still a field with debris and uneven spots. We would recommend visiting towards the end of the month if you might not be able to walk as far (the last crop is in the front). 

Little Miss/Sir Sunflower Photo Contest

Green Barn Garden Center in partnership with Bella Sollé Photography, is excited to announce the 2022 Little Miss/Sir Sunflower Photo Contest for children going into 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade. Applications must be in by August 17th, and photos will be taken by Bella Sollé Photography August 20th starting 6:30pm in the sunflower field.

Each child will wear a costume that promotes the characteristics of a sunflower. This can be a fun outfit, costume, or whatever you can dream up! The winner will receive a gift basket from Green Barn and a portrait session with Bella Sollé Photography in the sunflower field.

Registration Link:  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aqr7QAk3niP0y9_KFc5jTc0Z5wTs-O-mtts6XFdHG1A/edit

NEW! Doggie Dress Up Photo Contest

Green Barn Garden Center and Scruff Life Photography will be hosting the 2022 Doggie Dress Up Photo Contest during Green Barn Sunflower Field Days! Registration for your Dog must be in by noon, August 16th 2022. Photos for the contest will be taken by Scruff Life Photography Wednesday, August 17th from 6-7:30pm in the Green Barn sunflower field. Dog applicants should arrive to the photo shoot dressed up in a sunflower inspired costume. Be creative! The winner will receive a photo session of the Dog with Scruff Life Photography in the sunflower field and a gift basket.

Registration is now closed. Contact sunflowers@greenbarngardencenter.com with questions.

Admission 

Admission is $6 per person (including tax). 5 years and under free. Tickets are available in field when you arrive. We accept cash or credit card. 

Photographers are welcome-the same admission applies to photographers and their clients. Please be respectful and take turns on props. There are many areas to take photos!

Season Pass: Season passes are available for $24 per person and allow unlimited entry for one guest any open days throughout the 2022 sunflower season. This is great for those who live nearby and like to stroll the trail regularly. Ticket is non-transferable. Please have ticket and ID available at each entry. 

Family Season Pass options: 

Great for families that plan to visit more than once. 

$40 for 4-5 people allows up to 4 visits for the group. Ticket is non-transferable. Please have ticket and photo ID (for one ticket buyer) present at each entry.

$60 for 6-8 people allows up to 4 visits for the group. Ticket is non-transferable. Please have ticket and photo ID (for one ticket buyer) present at each entry.

Pets

Leashed pets are allowed in the sunflower field. Please clean up any messes! Note that pets are not allowed in the Garden Center. Please inquire about large animal visits if interested in photography. This can be arranged by appointment (horses, etc.).

Parking

Parking is free in field. Parking on the road is not allowed. Do not park at the garden center and cross the highway by foot. Ample parking is available in field! Entry is on the South side along 265th avenue. Exit on the North side onto highway 65.

Directions

The sunflower field is West of Green Barn Garden Center, across the highway. Online directions may direct you to the garden center.

From the South: Take highway 65 to 265th avenue. Turn left onto 265th avenue. The field entrance will be on the right (there will be signs and flags). You will see the Erickson Farmstead on the left and George's Greenhouse a block before your turn. Green Barn Garden Center will be on the right.

From the North: Take highway 65 to 265th avenue. Turn right onto 265th Avenue. The field entrance will be on the right (there will be signs and flags). We are located approximately 3 miles south of Isanti. Green Barn Garden Center will be on the left, and the field on the right. 

Restrooms and Amenities

Portable restrooms will be available in the field. A restroom is also available across the highway at the garden center. Be sure to visit the garden center if open during your visit! Fresh produce, giftware, and plants are available to purchase at the garden center. 

There will be a large tent in the field with picnic benches to rest. You can use this area without admission. Food trucks are scheduled Fridays-Sundays in August. We will post who is expected each day. Note that schedules may change. We will do our best to post updates as they happen! We will also have music scheduled periodically. This is also available to enjoy in the tent area. 

Cut Flowers

Cut flowers will be in field for purchase in the field when available/while supply lasts. We grow many varieties of cut sunflowers in a separate field and harvest daily. Note that the Sunflower Field Days field is a black oil type sunflower. These are not ideal for cutting and do have pollen, while our specialty bouquet varieties are pollenless and harvest for maximum vase life. Cutting of flowers is not allowed in the Sunflower Days Field! This type of sunflower is used for seed harvest after mature.

Crop:


The first crop is 27 rows and starts in the back of the field. There is a line between the crops to walk along and view props. The crop is starting to open (around 10%) August 2nd, so should be looking good for opening August 4th and nice for the weekend. The first crop is a bit more variable in size with tall and short spots. The shorter areas are great for taking photos without props. 

The second crop is 28 rows. Start date is TBD-we are thinking around August 9th-11th for a start date. There will be a little overlap between crop 1 and 2.

The Third crop is also 28 rows and should start around August 16th-18th.

The fourth and fifth crops are planted just a few days apart, and is 58 rows together. This will be a great overall field shot when the are both in bloom! This crop is along the front of the field closest to the entrance if you have visitors that may have walking limitations.

2022 Visitor Album of Facebook

2022 Professional Album on Facebook

2021 Visitor Album on Facebook

2021 Professional album of Facebook

2021 Season Recap:

We planted 4 crops in 2021, and were open August 1-31st.  We had almost 20 different food trucks visit over the month on weekends primarily. We added live music, a large tent with benches to enjoy music and food. We had over 20 props throughout the field that we moved from crop to crop each week as blooming changed.  It was a fun sunflower season! 

History:

We have grown sunflowers for over 25 years along with many other field crops. The sunflowers are black oil type used for bird seed. We also grow cut flower types in smaller quantities. In recent years, we have had more calls to visit the field for photos and to enjoy. With the increased interest, we created a parking area in the field in 2019 with a self-serve donation box to help with signage and maintenance of the space. Due to increased demand, we began staffing the field in 2020 and offering more amenities for the safety and comfort of visitors. We began an admission charge so we can continue opening the field and add features each year and increase our sunflower acreage! We use our irrigated land to allow a healthy, uniform crop to enjoy.

2019 Visitor Photo Album Link

  • 26501 Highway 65 NE, Isanti, MN 55040