Sunflowers

Field of sunflowers at Dix Park

Sunflower Field at Dix Park

Update: Sunflowers will be back in summer 2021

  • The sunflowers at Dix Park typically bloom in early to mid-July
  • The Sunflower Field is located off off Hunt Drive near the soccer fields and the historic cemetery.
  • Weekday Public Parking is available in gravel lot on Hunt Drive.
  • On weeknights and weekends, park visitors are welcome to use any paved lot.
  • You can walk or bike to the park. Dix Park is located on the Rocky Branch Greenway.
  • Sunflower Field is open to the public seven days-a-week, from dawn until dusk.
  • To ensure the experience is comfortable and safe for the community, COVID19 mitigation measures will be in place.

Know Before You Go

  • 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!
  • Remember you are outside, so are bugs and other critters. Be prepared!
  • Please keep your pup (or other pets) on-leash and pick up after them.
  • To see the sunflowers up close, walking up and down hills, in grass and on uneven surfaces will be necessary. We recommend closed-toe shoes.
  • Port-a-johns are the only restroom available near the Sunflower Field.
  • NC Department of Health and Human Services employees work on the campus Monday -Friday. Please be respectful of their working environment and avoid all buildings and DHHS parking areas during business hours. 

*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. You can apply for an annual film permit directly through the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. This is a one year permit and covers all City of Raleigh Parks. To apply for the permit, please contact Kathryn Gebhardt with the Raleigh Parks 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 picnic tables in the shade.
  • 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.go

Where to Park

parking directions for Sunflower Field at Dix Park

Dix Park Sunflower Facts

  • The Dix Park sunflower field is a City of Raleigh inter-departmental effort between Raleigh Water, 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. 
  • Raleigh Water preps the field in spring and plants the sunflower seeds in mid-May.
  • After the bloom is over, Raleigh Water harvests the sunflowers at Dix Park 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 Dix Park Sunflower Field serves as a massive pollinator habitat for bees and other species. Raleigh is a member of Bee City USA and celebrates National Pollinator Week  in June.

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 info@dixpark.org or call 919-996-6688