Sunflowers

Field of sunflowers at Dix Park
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Sunflower Field at Dix Park

Know Before You Go:

  • The sunflower field is open to the public seven days-a-week, from sunrise to sunset.
  • The sunflower field at Dix Park is located off Hunt Drive near the soccer fields and the historic cemetery.
  • Weekday parking is only 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.
  • Please stay on the paths in the field and keep children and pets from straying into the sunflowers.
  • Walking up hills, in grass and on uneven surfaces will be necessary. We recommend closed-toe shoes!
  • 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 kathryn.gebhardt@raleighnc.gov.

What to Bring:

  • Friends and family
  • Your kiddos
  • Your pet on a leash
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, and water to stay hydrated
  • A picnic with food and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Camp chairs or blankets to sit a spell. We also have some picnic tables under the trees.
  • Your camera! Tag us in your photos on social media: @dixpark #DixParkSunflowers #DixPark ...and enjoy the beautiful blooms!

Accessibility:

  • Dorothea Dix Park continues to work to be accessible and welcoming for visitors with disabilities and limited mobility. Accessible Parking with reserved spaces are available in all lots on campus. Handicap accessible port-a-johns are located at the Big Field and Flowers Field. Portions of Dorothea Dix Park have uneven surfaces are not ADA accessible at this time. 

  • Planning a visit to Dix Park and have questions about accessibility? Contact Joseph Voska, Programs and Operations Supervisor, at 919-996-6688 or joseph.voska@raleighnc.gov
     

Destination SunFest takes place Saturday July 13. Join us for a SUN-sational family-friendly festival to celebrate the sunflowers and the future of Dorothea Dix Park.  All rides, games, and activities at the event are FREE.  Learn more and RSVP below. 

DESTINATION SUNFEST

Where to Park when Visiting the Sunflower Field:

parking directions for Sunflower Field at Dix Park

Dix Park Sunflower Field Facts:

  • The Dix Park sunflower field is a City of Raleigh inter-departmental effort between Public Utilities, Office of Sustainability and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources.
  • This has been a perfect partnership project for these departments because it not only created a stunning garden feature at the park, but also provides a safe area for people to get up close and personal with the sunflowers that the City plants each year. 
  • 5-acres sunflowers were planted at Dix Park on May 15, 2019 with peak bloom planned for mid-July. However, weather conditions have caused the sunflowers to grow slower than expected. Hopefully, they are blooming in time for our Destination SunFest event on July 13. 
  • Public Utilities harvest the Dix Park sunflowers to process biodiesel for educational programs and demonstrations. These include the NC Farm Show, The Got to Be NC Ag Festival and The Got to be NC Bioenergy Conference in Raleigh and Asheville, NC.  
  • The benefits of sunflowers are not only their ability to become biofuel, but also are excellent for pollinators. The Dix Park sunflower field serves as a massive pollinator habitat for bees and other species. Raleigh celebrates National Pollinator Week June 17 - 23, 2019.

What is Not Allowed:

  • Picking the flowers or eating the sunflower seeds
  • Outside alcoholic beverages
  • Smoking is not permitted in the park
  • Drones or other aerial devices are welcome on the Big Field only

If you have any questions, please email events@dixpark.org or call 919-996-6688