Sunflowers

Field of sunflowers at Dix Park

Sunflower Field at Dix Park

Update July 28: Peak bloom happened over the last week. Some of the first flowers are now starting to droop. Expecting another week (maybe two).

  • The Sunflower Field is located off Hunt Drive near the former soccer fields and the historic cemetery.
  • Weekday Sunflower Parking is available in gravel lot off Hunt Drive and in the parking lot near the Magnolia Room off Umstead 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 free to visit seven days-a-week, from dawn until dusk.

 

Dix Park Sunflower Visitor Map

Know Before You Go

  • To see the sunflowers up close, walking up and down hills, in grass and on uneven surfaces will be necessary.
  • We recommend outdoor essentials like sunscreen, bug spray and close-toed shoes.
  • Please stay on the paths in the field and keep children and pets from straying into the sunflowers.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash and pick up after them.
  • Please do not pick the flowers.
  • Port-a-johns are located near the Sunflower Field and Magnolia Room.
  • Indoor restrooms are available in the The Chapel during visitor hours: Tues. + Thurs. 6-9pm | Sat. 10am-4pm | Sun. 12-5pm
  • 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. 

City of Sunflowers on photo of blue sky with one sunflower

City of Sunflowers

Dix Park and North Carolina Museum of Art are connecting Raleigh through fields of flowers this summer - with City of Sunflowers. Over 8 acres of sunflower are planted across both locations with multi-modal connections via our incredible greenway system. 

The NCMA Sunflower Field was first planted in 2018 and is located in the Museum Park at the intersection of the Blue Loop and Meadow Trails. New for 2021 the Museum Park has a second sunflower planting located below the Ellipse. The Museum offers a two-part outdoor workshop to teach nature photography in the sunflower field on July 20 and 27.

Dix Park and the Museum Park are connected via the Rocky Branch and Reedy Creek greenway trails. Both locations are home to Citrix Cycle bike rental stations.

NCMA to Dix Park Greenway Route map

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 and hammocks in the shade.
  • Your camera - We love seeing your sunflower photos! Tag us on social media: @dixpark #DixParkSunflowers #CityOfSunflowers#DixPark ...and enjoy the beautiful blooms!

*Professional photographers are welcome to have sessions at the Sunflower Field, however, all commercial film or photography 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

Accessibility

  • Dorothea Dix Park continues to strive to be accessible and welcoming for visitors, including those with disabilities. Learn more about Accessibility at Dix Park

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

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. 
  • 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

Contact Us: info@dixpark.org or call 919-996-3255